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2019 News

May 16, 2019
AOIP researchers featured on the cover of the McPherson Eye Research Institute InSights Newsletter - Spring 2019
The newsletter story highlights the collaborative work associated with the recent NEI U24 grant awarded to Joe Carrol, PhD, and Jacque Duncan, MD, of UCSF.
The research team will develop, characterize and disseminate two promising animal model systems that are closer to human visual anatomy and function than current mouse and rat models: the 13-lined ground squirrel and the tree shrew, both cone-dominant animals.

AOIP alum, Ben Sajdak, PhD, recently joined the McPherson Eye Research Institute as a Morgridge Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow.

Read More Newsletter (PDF)

May 6, 2019
Winner of the Members-in-Training (MIT) poster contest, Emily Patterson, PhD
Emily Patterson, PhD (postdoctoral fellow), presented her poster during the ARVO MIT outstanding poster award event. Dr. Patterson's poster, “Differences in axial eye length and retinal structure between patients with achromatopsia and blue cone monochromacy,” won the contest in the Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics category. This was Dr. Patterson's third nomination and first win. Congratulations!

March 20, 2019
Don't miss the AOIP contributions to ARVO 2019
Vision researchers from around the world gather every spring to share current research and learn from others. Members of the AOIP will be in Vancouver, BC, from April 28-May 2, 2019.

March 20, 2019
Members-in-Training (MIT) poster contest includes an AOIP nomination
Emily Patterson, PhD (postdoctoral fellow), will present her poster during the ARVO MIT outstanding poster award event on Tuesday, April 30 at the annual meeting in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Patterson's poster is titled, “Differences in axial eye length and retinal structure between patients with achromatopsia and blue cone monochromacy.”

2018 News
November 20, 2018
Congratulations Ben Sajdak, PhD
Ben Sajdak, PhD, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “Assessing photoreceptor structure in cone-dominant animal models.”
Read one of his recent papers on 13-lined ground squirrels here [PubMed].

Ben Sajdak presenting a poster at 2017 research day
Ben Sajdak (right) shares his poster, "Retinal remodeling throughout hibernation in the 13-lined ground squirrel," with Ryan Vogel, MD, a former MCW ophthalmology resident.
Research Day photos courtesy Andy Manis and the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

November 5, 2018
MCW researchers part of national effort to develop regenerative treatments for blindness
The National Eye Institute’s Audacious Goal Initiative for Regenerative Medicine has awarded Joseph Carroll, PhD, a grant to develop new research models to advance treatments for blinding conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other degenerative eye diseases.

June 29, 2018
Summer in the AOIP means new members
Read more about the graduate and summer students on our students page. In addition, new staff have joined our team.

March 28, 2018

Don't miss the AOIP contributions to ARVO 2018
Vision researchers from around the world gather every spring to share current research and learn from others. Members of the AOIP will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, from April 30-May 3, 2018.

March 28, 2018
Members-in-Training (MIT) poster contest includes two AOIP nominations
Emily Patterson, PhD (postdoctoral fellow), and Rebecca Mastey, will present their posters during the ARVO MIT outstanding poster award event on May 1st at the annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Patterson’s poster compares metrics for quantifying the human rod photoreceptor mosaic. Ms. Mastey’s poster characterizes the retinal structure in ATF6-associated achromatopsia.
2017 News
December 15, 2017
Joe Carroll Receives 2018 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award
Dr. Carroll has been selected to receive a 2018 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award. This prestigious award, established in 2010 and supported by Pfizer Ophthalmics through the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, recognizes up to three young investigators annually who are working in areas of translational research and have exhibited excellence in research and their fundamental scientific discoveries, concepts and novel technologies.

October 9, 2017
Ophthalmology postdoc named ARVO At-large Member-in-Training Trustee
Emily J. Patterson, PhD, postdoctoral fellow with the MCW Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science’s Advanced Ocular Imaging Program (AOIP), has been selected to serve on the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Board of Trustees as the next At-Large Member-in-Training Trustee.

June 16, 2017
Ophthalmology Research Day
Wisconsin’s future ophthalmologists and vision scientists gathered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 16 to share highlights from their studies over the past year for Ophthalmology Research Day.

July 11, 2017
Dr. Dennis Han recognized with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Honor Award
Dennis P. Han, MD, Jack A. and Elaine D. Klieger Professor of Ophthalmology, has earned the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Life Achievement Honor Award for his career-long commitment to “advancing the profession and positively impacting patients’ eye health,” according to the AAO.

June 6, 2017
Ben Sajdak receives poster award at MCW Graduate Student Symposium
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted its first Graduate Student Symposium at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The symposium drew more than 115 current MCW graduate students.

Ben Sajdak, AOIP graduate student, received a best poster award for his poster, "Retinal Remodeling Throughout Hibernation in the 13-Lined Ground Squirrel." (PDF)

June 5, 2017
Melissa Wilk, PhD, receives dissertation award at MCW graduation
At the 2017 MCW Commencement Ceremony, AOIP alum Melissa Wilk, PhD, received the Friends of MCW Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "Using Imaging and Genetics to Characterize Visual System Structure Across the Pigmentation Spectrum."

Funded by NIH and Vision for Tomorrow, Dr. Wilk's work led to multiple publications and conference appearances during her time with the AOIP. Currently, Dr. Wilk is a postdoctoral researcher at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

April 24, 2017
Join the Eye Institute at Wisconsin VisionWalk 2017
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the Eye Institute "Jed-Eyes" will participate in the 9th annual Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) Wisconsin VisionWalk on Milwaukee's Lakefront.

April 6, 2017
Members-in-Training (MIT) poster contest includes two AOIP nominations
Emily Patterson, PhD (postdoctoral fellow), and Erica Woertz (graduate student), will present their posters during the ARVO MIT outstanding poster award event on May 9th at the annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Patterson’s poster describes the genotype, clinical phenotype and cone structure in subjects with a clinical diagnosis of blue cone monochromacy (BCM) and mutations in the OPN1LW /OPN1MW gene array. Ms. Woertz’s poster examines the relationship between cone density (CD) and Vernier acuity (VA) in human albinism.

March 24, 2017
View the AOIP contributions to ARVO 2017
Vision researchers from around the world gather every spring to share current research and learn from others. Members of the AOIP will be in Baltimore, MD, May 7-11.
2016 News
August 2, 2016
MCW researchers lead imaging study of patients with genetic color vision disorder in advance of AGTC gene therapy clinical trials
The initial results of the imaging study, which appear in the August issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, show that high-resolution adaptive optics imaging could help physicians determine the potential effectiveness of these new gene therapies on various patients.

August 1, 2016
Welcome new AOIP members
Each summer brings a brand new group of dedicated people to the AOIP for research and learning, and this season has been no different. This outstanding group has already become an important part of the AOIP and the extended vision science community, with diverse work encompassing many aspects of vision research in an imaging lab.

July 1, 2016
Vision science on display at 2016 Ophthalmology Research Day
Members of the ophthalmology departments from MCW and UW-Madison were treated to presentations by department fellows and two poster sessions highlighting the work of PhD students, postdocs and staff from both institutions. The research covered topics in visual acuity, retina disease, glaucoma, eyelid trauma, color vision, cataract surgery and ocular imaging.

June 6, 2016
Eye Institute "Optic Nerds" participate in successful VisionWalk
Eye Institute representatives including many AOIP members combined to form the largest group participating in the annual FFB VisionWalk on Milwaukee's Lakefront. Kimberly Stepien, MD, VisionWalk medical chair, and her family participated in the 3.2 mile walk which raises funds for vision research.

May 16, 2016
MCW researchers find “color-correcting glasses” don’t live up to the hype
Summer research student Rebecca Mastey, under the direction of Emily Patterson, PhD, tested genetically confirmed red-green CVD men and gave them the Color Assessment and Diagnosis test with and without the color-correcting glasses. The results were presented in a poster May 1, 2016, at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Seattle.

April 26, 2016
Join the Eye Institute at Wisconsin VisionWalk 2016
Wisconsin VisionWalk is a great way to show support for the Eye Institute’s patients and the community, have some fun with our colleagues and their families, raise funds to support vision research and get a little exercise.

March 24, 2016
AOIP members and collaborators prepare for ARVO 2016
Vision researchers from around the world gather at this conference every spring to share current research and learn from others. Members of the AOIP will be in Seattle, WA, April 30-May 5. View the detailed schedule of our papers and posters.

January 11, 2016
Grant award aims to help improve vision health for Wisconsin’s children
Deborah Costakos, MD, MS, and community partner Prevent Blindness Wisconsin are recipients of an MCW Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment award. The partners will develop and conduct vision screenings in multiple settings, including nine Milwaukee Public Schools. They aim to increase awareness of eye health and thus improve children’s vision health access and outcomes in the long-term.
2015 News
December 21, 2015
Joseph Carroll, PhD, appointed to advisory board for Ireland's Fighting Blindness
Fighting Blindness is an Irish, patient-led organization that funds research for the treatment and cure of vision loss. The Medical and Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) advises the directors of Fighting Blindness by appraising new grant applications and monitoring programs for the organization. Dr. Carroll and the other board members will offer recommendations regarding research policies and strategic plans.

September 24, 2015
Alfredo Dubra, PhD, appears in MCW Hispanic Heritage Month video
Dr. Dubra, a native of Uruguay, discusses his research, the personal reasons behind his career choice, and what he would like his professional legacy to be.

September 11, 2015
Chris Langlo wins ICVS award for best trainee presentation
Chris' presentation entitled “Longitudinal measurement of cone density in congenital achromatopsia” earned the top trainee award as well as a monetary prize. Pictured left Chris Langlo, Joseph Carroll, PhD, and Emily Patterson, BSc, PhD

September 11, 2015
AOIP members share their recent achievements in the AOIP Mirror
Highlights this year include multiple NEI grants, faculty promotions and student and publication awards.

September 3, 2015
AOIP and National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) co-host a mini-conference for albinism at MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin hosted a NOAH mini conference on August 1, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Attendees heard from experts in albinism, including Dr. Brian Brooks from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Murray Brilliant from Marshfield Clinic, and Dr. Gail Summers from the University of Minnesota.

August 3, 2015
Medical student Ben Liu inducted into GHHS-MCW chapter
MCW inducted 32 medical students into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) in a July ceremony. Ben and fellow inductees were recognized for demonstrating humanistic attributes within the field of medicine.

July 16, 2015
Students join AOIP for summer research programs
Research grants contribute to learning opportunities for these students. Projects vary from engineering AOSLO parts to characterizing normal blood vessel density in the retina.

July 8, 2015
AOIP paper receives 2015 Garland W. Clay Award
The paper “Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging: Emerging Clinical Applications,” was awarded the 2015 Garland W. Clay Award by the American Academy of Optometry. This award is presented to the author or authors of the manuscript published in Optometry and Vision Science that has been most widely cited in the world of scientific literature in the preceding five years. Authors of this paper were former AOIP members: Pooja Godara and Adam M. Dubis, AOIP collaborators: Austin Roorda, and Jacque L. Duncan, and AOIP co-director: Joseph Carroll.

July 2, 2015
Ben Sajdak, MCW graduate student, featured in UW-Oshkosh alumni news
Ben's undergraduate education and research conducted at UW-Oshkosh focused his interest in vision research. Pursuing his PhD in the Neuroscience Doctoral Program within the AOIP, Ben applies his biology background towards the search for biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease. He is also at the forefront of expanding the use of adaptive optics at MCW to study retinal metabolic changes during hibernation.

June 2, 2015
AOIP paper among the top 10 most-read 2014 IOVS articles
The first publication of cone photoreceptor inner segment images in the living retina gained the attention of many IOVS readers. The AOIP imaging research team contributed to new understanding and visualization of the photoreceptors through the split-detector technique.

May 18, 2015
Alfredo Dubra, PhD, to expand in-vivo retinal imaging capabilities
Alfredo Dubra, PhD, has been awarded a five year R01 grant from the National Eye Institute to develop core technology for non-invasive retinal imaging at the microscopic scale using multiple wavelengths of light.

April 17, 2015
“Star Pupils” to walk in FFB VisionWalk, Sunday May 17
In our fifth year of participation, the Eye Institute is very proud to be a sponsor and participate as a team in the VisionWalk.

April 3, 2015
AOIP members share their current research at ARVO's annual meeting
Annual vision science conference highlights research collaborations around the world. View the detailed schedule of AOIP posters and presentations here.

April 2, 2015
Partnership pushes efforts to cure achromatopsia forward
Collaboration of researchers, patients, and funding agencies sets the stage for gene therapy trial to treat achromatopsia in humans.

March 26, 2015
Three MCW medical students match in ophthalmology residency programs
Students cite the strength of the MCW medical education program, including research opportunities in the AOIP, as an important contribution to their successful residency matches in ophthalmology.

March 4, 2015
Judy Kim, MD, named vice chair of DRCR.net
Dr. Kim began her three year term as Vice Chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research network in January.
Supported by her colleagues at the Eye Institute, Dr. Kim has been the principal investigator of DRCR.net trials for MCW since 2002.

January 12, 2015
Vision scientists to explore causes of vision loss in albinism
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to study the specific parts of the visual system responsible for vision loss in albinism.
2014 News
November 2014
AOIP researchers to develop adaptive optics retinal imaging tool for National Eye Institute
Alfredo Dubra, PhD, and Joseph Carroll, PhD, will assist Johnny Tam, PhD, of the National Eye Institute (NEI) in development of an Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscope used to accelerate the testing and treatment of eye diseases.

November 2014
Judy E. Kim, MD, and medical students highlight a new telemedicine program in Milwaukee
Telemedicine to Improve Eye Health among Latinos (TIEHL) is featured in this video including MCW medical students, Matt Braza and Nathan Mathews.

October 2014
Medical student receives award for AOIP summer research project
Poster contest winners MCW Edward Randerson, M2 summer research fellow, presented his poster, In Vivo AOSLO Imaging of Retinal Detachment Associated Pathology, at the annual Medical Student Research Day Poster Session at MCW. His presentation placed among the top 10 candidate posters for which he received a $500 prize. Pictured with the other winners, Edward is located in the back row, 2nd from the right.

September 26, 2014
Vision research benefits from adaptive optics imaging with new technique
Foundation Fighting Blindness highlights an AOIP developed technique called split-detection AOSLO in a recent online article. The technique provides high-contrast imaging of microscopic retinal structures previously unseen in vivo, such as the photoreceptor inner segment mosaic.

August 29, 2014
AOIP members share their recent achievements in the AOIP Mirror
Faculty, staff and students share the results of a year of dedication and hard work in the AOIP.

August 29, 2014
AOIP increases research capability with 3D printing
AOIP recently acquired a 3D printer used to print parts for adaptive optics instruments. Alfredo Dubra, PhD, discusses what this technology brings to the program's development.

July 7, 2014
Jonathon Young receives a Summer Student Fellowship from Fight For Sight
Adaptive optics ophthalmoscopy provides a safe, non-invasive way to take images of individual capillaries and blood vessels in the human eye. Jon's project aims to enhance the quality of these images by optimizing the split-detection geometry, which will improve our ability to detect vascular pathology. This will provide new opportunities to diagnose and treat diabetic retinopathy sooner, and more effectively follow a patient's response to treatment.

June 12, 2014
Dr. Judy Kim inducted into American Ophthalmological Society
The AOS is limited to 275 active members and has included most of the notable luminaries in ophthalmology over the years.

May 19, 2014
UW-Green Bay graduate, Joseph Carroll, PhD, delivered the 2014 commencement address at his alma mater
Dr. Carroll addressed approximately 5,000 people at the Kress Events Center, UW-Green Bay on Saturday, May 17th. Photo courtesy of UW-Green Bay.

May 12, 2014
Foundation Fighting Blindness Wisconsin VisionWalk 2014
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the Eye Institute "Count Maculas" will be participating in the 6th annual Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) Wisconsin VisionWalk on Milwaukee's Lakefront.

April 4, 2014
AOIP@ARVO/ISIE Imaging Conference 2014
World wide collaborations presented at the ARVO 2014 annual meeting. View the detailed schedule of AOIP events here.

February 25, 2014
Pioneering eye care benefits generations
AOIP members, Alfredo Dubra, PhD, and Thomas B. Connor, MD, describe sight saving laser eye surgery for diabetic retinopathy.

January 12, 2014
Byran Jones, PhD, visits AOIP and blogs about it.
Dr. Jones' current and future thoughts on adaptive optics are the topic of this blog highlighted by his visit to AOIP.

January 9, 2014
Drs. Joseph Carroll and David Dimmock Named to "40 Under 40" List
Milwaukee Business Journal's annual list recognizing young professionals includes AOIP's Joseph Carroll, PhD.
2013 News
October 29, 2013
Fluorescein angiography and adaptive optics together reveal fine details of retinal blood vessels
AOIP co-director, Alfredo Dubra, PhD, and collaborators discuss emerging retinal imaging techniques in a National Eye Institute news brief.

October 24, 2013
MCW Board of Trustees approves endowed faculty chair
Joseph Carroll, PhD, was awarded the Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professorship in Ophthalmology.

October 14, 2013
Joseph Carroll, PhD, appointed to Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science editorial board
As an editorial board member, Dr. Carroll will edit manuscripts, choose reviewers, evaluate reviews, and make recommendations to the editor.

October 11, 2013
Researchers strive to save sight of preemies
AOIP faculty members, Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS and Joseph Carroll, PhD, collaborate to detect changes in the retina that may signal retinopathy of prematurity, a blinding disease in infants.

August 15, 2013
AOIP builds adaptive optics scanning ophthalmoscope at University College London
The recent installation brings cutting edge high-resolution ocular imaging technology to UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

August 6, 2013
AOIP members share their recent achievements in the AOIP Mirror
AOIP faculty and staff continue to serve prominent roles in the medical community. A recent example, Jonathan Skarie, MD, received the Jessica S. Lin Award for Clinical Excellence by a Resident Physician.

June 11, 2013
Estate gift from former patient funds diabetic retinopathy, other vision research at MCW
Dr. Judy E. Kim's research initiatives include innovative treatments, advanced imaging and improved screening.

June 6, 2013
AOIP featured on NPR's Lake Effect
Listen to the podcast of Mitch Teich's interview with Joseph Carroll, PhD.

June 4, 2013
Catherine and Walter Lindsay Fund grant supports collaborative eye imaging program
A charitable fund with a history of helping the visually impaired is providing $100,000 to the AOIP.

May 19, 2013
Foundation Fighting Blindness Vision Walk - Milwaukee
The Eye Institute "Globe Trotters" participated in the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) 5th annual VisionWalk on Milwaukee's Lakefront.

May 4-9, 2013
AOIP @ ARVO/ISIE Imaging Conference - Seattle, WA
The AOIP had a strong 2013 presence at the ISIE and ARVO meetings. View the detailed schedule of AOIP abstracts here.

April 18, 2013
Glaucoma Research Foundation renews support for Alfredo Dubra, PhD, and the Catalyst for a Cure team.
Four ophthalmic research programs collaborate in efforts to identify novel biomarkers for glaucoma. Glaucoma Research Foundation website
2012 News
October 25, 2012
Peters Foundation renews support of AOIP
The R.D. and Linda Peters Foundation has long supported innovation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. Its latest gift of $50,000 to the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program is no exception.

October 12, 2012
Fluorescence angiography AOSLO imaging demonstrated at NYEEI
Funding from the Marrus Family Foundation allowed the AOIP to develop an adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope capable of fluorescence angiography in the lab of Dr. Richard Rosen.

October 4, 2012
Nathan Mathews wins MCW poster award
AOIP medical student, Nathan Mathews, was one of 8 winners of the 2012 Dr. Michael J. Dunn poster award presented for his work as part of the Medical Student Summer Research Program. Nathan did his summer research in the AOIP under the guidance of Dr. Judy Kim.

September 14, 2012
Champalimaud Award given to David Williams, PhD
Post-doctoral mentor of both Alfredo Dubra, PhD, and Joseph Carroll, PhD, wins the António Champalimaud Vision Award for major breakthroughs in vision science.

September 1, 2012
AOIP welcomes new members
2012 saw the recruitment of a number of new members to the AOIP.

July 30, 2012
Adaptive Optics revolutionizes ocular imaging
Joseph Carroll, PhD, and Alfredo Dubra, PhD explain how they are using an advanced technology to take extremely detailed images of the retina.

July 23, 2012
The Medical College of Wisconsin receives $2.9 million core grant for vision research
This five–year, $2.9 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute marks the 35th consecutive year of funding in support of the vision research programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye.

July 9, 2012
Researchers to study causes and treatments of blindness
The Medical College of Wisconsin received a grant of $110,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases.

June 11, 2012
Alfredo Dubra, PhD, receives Research to Prevent Blindness & Glaucoma Research Foundation funding
AOIP co-director, Alfredo Dubra, PhD, received a $600,000 Catalyst for a Cure grant from the Glaucoma Research Foundation and a $250,000 Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness.

June 1, 2012
Joseph Carroll, PhD, recognized as an outstanding medical student teacher
Recommended by MCW students and voted on by the College’s Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, Joseph Carroll was recognized for his excellence in teaching during the 2011-2012 academic year.

May 1, 2012
The sound of color
Joseph Carroll, PhD, discusses new gene therapies and other treatments to restore visual function with his comments in The Scientist.

April 1, 2012
Mara Goldberg wins award for ophthalmic photography
AOIP biomedical photographer, Mara Goldberg, was a 1st place winner at the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society 2012 ophthalmic photography exhibit for her "Stargardt's Syndrome Autofluorescence" photo.

February 1, 2012
Joseph Carroll, PhD, receives Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award
AOIP co-Director, Joseph Carroll, PhD, has been named one of eight individuals to receive the Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award. This prestigious award is intended to encourage and promote the early career development of clinicians and scientists entering research in vision and ophthalmology.
2011 News
September 1, 2011
MCW’s alumni news magazine features Joseph Carroll, PhD
Joseph Carroll, PhD, describes adaptive optics and highlights the clinical utility of the technology.

August 1, 2011
Historic first images of rod photoreceptors
Joseph Carroll, PhD, and Alfredo Dubra, PhD explain how they are using an advanced technology to take extremely detailed images of the retina.
2010 News
November 6, 2010
AOIP hosts "Advances in Ocular Imaging" meeting
Clinicians and vision scientists from around the country descended on Milwaukee, WI to hear about the latest advances in ocular imaging.