McPherson ERI-sponsored Hilldale Research Fellowship Awarded!

We are pleased to announce Anna-Lisa Doebley as the recipient of the 2014-2015 McPherson ERI-sponsored Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship. This award provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $500 to the faculty collaborator. Under the mentorship of Dr. Aki Ikeda (Medical Genetics), Ms. Doebley will be exploring "The role of TMEM135 in cellular stress response.” The Ikeda lab has found that mice with a mutation in transmembrane protein 135 show early-onset age related macular degeneration and increased susceptibility to oxidative stress; Anna-Lisa is working to discern the molecular mechanisms that make TMEM135 an important factor in protecting cells from stress, ultimately leading to a better understanding of retinal degeneration.

With funds derived from the McPherson ERI's annual Cycle for Sight fundraiser, the MERI Leadership Committee initiated this undergraduate support opportunity to advance vision-related research on campus. The next call for applications will be in February 2015 -- watch for this opportunity!

McPherson ERI-sponsored Hilldale Research Fellowship Awarded!

We are pleased to announce Anna-Lisa Doebley as the recipient of the 2014-2015 McPherson ERI-sponsored Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship. This award provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $500 to the faculty collaborator. Under the mentorship of Dr. Aki Ikeda (Medical Genetics), Ms. Doebley will be exploring "The role of TMEM135 in cellular stress response.” The Ikeda lab has found that mice with a mutation in transmembrane protein 135 show early-onset age related macular degeneration and increased susceptibility to oxidative stress; Anna-Lisa is working to discern the molecular mechanisms that make TMEM135 an important factor in protecting cells from stress, ultimately leading to a better understanding of retinal degeneration.

With funds derived from the McPherson ERI's annual Cycle for Sight fundraiser, the MERI Leadership Committee initiated this undergraduate support opportunity to advance vision-related research on campus. The next call for applications will be in February 2015 -- watch for this opportunity!


Cycle for Sight 2014 Raises Funds for Vision Research!

Cycle for Sight 2014 raised almost $29,000 to support vision research at UW-Madison – more than twice the amount raised in 2013. Support from our major sponsors – UW-Madison Rec Sports, the Shopko Foundation, and the Princeton Club – was integral to the event's success. Participants had a great time at both the SERF and Nat on the UW-Madison campus, and at the Princeton Club West. Pictures from the ride are now online.

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Many Cycle for Sight riders, or their friends or relatives, are touched by blindness or vision impairments in their daily lives. They are well aware of the pressing need for further research into these conditions, and rode to support this work. At the Princeton Club, three teams of blind and visually impaired riders – encouraged by the great staff at the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired – were among our top fundraising teams for vision research. The RCD Annihilators, the #1 fundraising team, raised almost $3000 in donations!

Cycle for Sight will return in 2015...please check back in early fall for the date!

Cycle for Sight 2014 Raises Funds for Vision Research!

Cycle for Sight 2014 raised almost $29,000 to support vision research at UW-Madison – more than twice the amount raised in 2013. Support from our major sponsors – UW-Madison Rec Sports, the Shopko Foundation, and the Princeton Club – was integral to the event's success. Participants had a great time at both the SERF and Nat on the UW-Madison campus, and at the Princeton Club West. Pictures from the ride are now online.

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Many Cycle for Sight riders, or their friends or relatives, are touched by blindness or vision impairments in their daily lives. They are well aware of the pressing need for further research into these conditions, and rode to support this work. At the Princeton Club, three teams of blind and visually impaired riders – encouraged by the great staff at the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired – were among our top fundraising teams for vision research. The RCD Annihilators, the #1 fundraising team, raised almost $3000 in donations!

Cycle for Sight will return in 2015...please check back in early fall for the date!


The Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery is Dedicated

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The Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery, on the 9th floor of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research building, was formally dedicated on May 8th in a lovely afternoon ceremony. This new campus gallery -- long-planned as a space within the McPherson ERI which will foster interactions between science and the visual arts -- is named for the extended family which encompasses David and Nathan Mandelbaum, founding supporters of the McPherson ERI, as well as Dr. Daniel Albert. David and Karen Mandelbaum attended the opening. Guests at the dedication heard remarks from Provost Paul DeLuca, McPherson ERI Founding Director Daniel Albert, Senior Associate Dean Richard Moss, McPherson ERI Director David Gamm, and UW Regent David Walsh. The Delighted Eye, an exhibit featuring works from UW-Madison's Tandem Press, is currently on display in the gallery, which is open to visitors. Exhibits will change several times annually.

The Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery is Dedicated

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The Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery, on the 9th floor of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research building, was formally dedicated on May 8th in a lovely afternoon ceremony. This new campus gallery -- long-planned as a space within the McPherson ERI which will foster interactions between science and the visual arts -- is named for the extended family which encompasses David and Nathan Mandelbaum, founding supporters of the McPherson ERI, as well as Dr. Daniel Albert. David and Karen Mandelbaum attended the opening. Guests at the dedication heard remarks from Provost Paul DeLuca, McPherson ERI Founding Director Daniel Albert, Senior Associate Dean Richard Moss, McPherson ERI Director David Gamm, and UW Regent David Walsh. The Delighted Eye, an exhibit featuring works from UW-Madison's Tandem Press, is currently on display in the gallery, which is open to visitors. Exhibits will change several times annually.


Dr. Alice McPherson Receives the prestigious Gonin Medal

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Dr. Alice McPherson was presented with the Gonin Medal, the oldest and most prestigious medal in ophthalmology, at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Japan in April. The Gonin Medal, instituted in 1937, is presented every four years to a recipient chosen by the Board of the International Council of Ophthalmology. As part of this honor, Dr. McPherson presented the associated Gonin Lecture in Lausanne in mid-February.

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Dr. Alice McPherson Receives the prestigious Gonin Medal

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Dr. Alice McPherson was presented with the Gonin Medal, the oldest and most prestigious medal in ophthalmology, at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Japan in April. The Gonin Medal, instituted in 1937, is presented every four years to a recipient chosen by the Board of the International Council of Ophthalmology. As part of this honor, Dr. McPherson presented the associated Gonin Lecture in Lausanne in mid-February.

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