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Joseph Carroll, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences to speak at Tech Council event

On July 11, Joseph Carroll, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences will discuss his research collaboration with Dr. Melissa Skala at the meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Wauwatosa.

Thursday, July 11, Joseph Carroll, PhD, Richard O. Schultz, MD / Ruth Works Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Dr. Melissa Skala, an investigator for Morgridge Institute for Research will discuss their collaboration to better understand the structure and function of the human visual system at the meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. Together, they developed an imaging technique that offers 3D color images of melanin, which serves a protective purpose by absorbing excess light that comes into eyes and is essential to vision. Since 2016, Carroll and Skala morphed two different technologies to publish three papers and a patent disclosure. Their research is the first to use photo-thermal optical coherence tomography applied to the eye. “This isn’t just research that may pay off someday. It’s ready to translate to humans now because the team has shown it can be done with safe laser levels,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “It demonstrates what can happen when researchers from our major institutions combine forces. People everywhere can benefit.” The event will take place at UW-Milwaukee’s Innovation Accelerator, 1225 Discovery Pkwy. Registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres start at 11:30 am and the presentation at 12:30 pm

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