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7th Annual McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session, November 3rd                           

Followed by the annual McPherson ERI Distinguished Guest Lecture

The McPherson ERI's annual membership event showcasing vision-related research will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd from 3:00-5:30pm in the atrium of the Health Sciences Learning Center at 750 Highland Ave.  Posters can be from any event over the past year, or can be newly created for this session.  (Each person is limited to creating one poster, although authorship/credits may appear on more than one).    Online registration is open now through October 31st.

Sleights of Mind book cover   Following the poster session will be the McPherson ERI Distinguished Guest Lecture, which is open to all. This year's speakers are Drs. Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik (Professors of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Physiology, & Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City), founders of the new discipline of neuromagic. Their talk, which will focus on cognitive neuroscience and illusions, promises to be an absorbing introduction to their studies. Please join us in HSLC 1335, 5:45-6:45pm, for this event.

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Dr. Alice McPherson to Receive 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award                      September, 2015

Dr. Alice McPherson will be presented with UW-Madison's Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, at the Chancellor's Lunch on Thursday, October 15th.  In announcing the award, the WAA cited Dr. McPherson's establishment of the Retina Research Foundation, along with her "impressive" support for the University of Wisconsin (including her critical help in establishing the McPherson Eye Research Institute.)  Congratulations to Dr. McPherson!

Member Highlight: Nader Sheibani, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
July, 2015

Nader Sheibani

Nader Sheibani, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and holder of the Retina Research Foundation Alice R. McPherson Research Chair, focuses on developing strategies to counter the abnormal growth of blood vessels that is at the heart of AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and diabetic retinopathy – two of the leading causes of vision impairment.  Sheibani and his lab associates take a variety of approaches, with the goal of discovering multiple routes to reduce blood vessel growth.  Read more

WIMR Conference Room Named in Honor of Sandra and Monroe Trout

June, 2015

Gamm and TroutsIn recognition of their extraordinary support for the McPherson ERI, the 9th floor conference room in WIMR (within the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery) has been named in honor of Sandra and Monroe Trout. Dr. and Mrs. Trout are distinguished patrons of the arts and sciences who have endowed faculty positions within the McPherson Eye Research Institute, including the Sandra Lemke Trout Chair in Vision Research. The Trouts have established a career in philanthropy; their generosity has benefited many educational institutions, including Morehouse School of Medicine, Bloomfield College, Westminster College, Dickinson School of Law, UC-San Diego, and the University of the Cumberlands.  In 2010 they endowed and established the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin, presenting the museum with their private art collection. The naming of the Trout Conference Room took place at the spring Advisory Board meeting of the McPherson ERI, and was warmly greeted by board members in attendance.