WIMR Conference Room named in honor of Sandra and Monroe Trout

In 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. W250 trouts with dave 2 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 the board members in attendance.

WIMR Conference Room named in honor of Sandra and Monroe Trout

In 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. W250 trouts with dave 2 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 the board members in attendance.


Dan & Ellie Albert Student Vision Research Awards given to two MERI-affiliated SMPH students

Preshita S. Date and Minh T. Nguyen have each been awarded inaugural Dan & Ellie Albert Student Vision Research Awards, supported by the Dan & Ellie Albert Fund in conjunction with the Shapiro Summer Research Program. W250 dan   eleanor albert Preshita Date will work with Drs. Barbara Blodi and Amitha Domalpally on a project involving Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT); Minh Nguyen will work with Drs. David Gamm and Divya Sinha on the Generation of an NRL-/- Hpsc Line to Enrich for Cone Photoreceptors. The Albert Student Vision Research Awards will be given annually with submissions next accepted late in the fall semester (exact dates will be posted); current SMPH students are eligible for the award.

Dan & Ellie Albert Student Vision Research Awards given to two MERI-affiliated SMPH students

Preshita S. Date and Minh T. Nguyen have each been awarded inaugural Dan & Ellie Albert Student Vision Research Awards, supported by the Dan & Ellie Albert Fund in conjunction with the Shapiro Summer Research Program. W250 dan   eleanor albert Preshita Date will work with Drs. Barbara Blodi and Amitha Domalpally on a project involving Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT); Minh Nguyen will work with Drs. David Gamm and Divya Sinha on the Generation of an NRL-/- Hpsc Line to Enrich for Cone Photoreceptors. The Albert Student Vision Research Awards will be given annually with submissions next accepted late in the fall semester (exact dates will be posted); current SMPH students are eligible for the award.


Cycle for Sight 2015 Raises Over $26,000 for Vision Research

Cycle for Sight 2015 results are in, and the ride raised more than $26,000 for vision research through the McPherson ERI! The grand-prize winning team – Kenzi’s Team, captained by Nancy Valentyn – raised $6,305! Kenzi’s Team rode for an extraordinary young woman, Kenzi Valentyn, who was profiled by Channel 3000 in the lead-up to Cycle for Sight. Their team turnout was memorable, including team members who participated simultaneously in Kuala Lumpur!

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Other prizewinning teams included Blind Take Off, the second-place team, which raised a fantastic total of $4,947; Out of Sight, last year’s top fundraising team, which raised $3,325 this year; and the Retinal Research Allstars, which finished in fourth place with $1,930, and ranked as the top McPherson ERI-affiliated lab team.

Thank you to all who participated - it was great fun! You can see pictures from the ride here. Cycle for Sight will return in 2016, at a date to be determined.

Cycle for Sight 2015 Raises Over $26,000 for Vision Research

Cycle for Sight 2015 results are in, and the ride raised more than $26,000 for vision research through the McPherson ERI! The grand-prize winning team – Kenzi’s Team, captained by Nancy Valentyn – raised $6,305! Kenzi’s Team rode for an extraordinary young woman, Kenzi Valentyn, who was profiled by Channel 3000 in the lead-up to Cycle for Sight. Their team turnout was memorable, including team members who participated simultaneously in Kuala Lumpur!

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Other prizewinning teams included Blind Take Off, the second-place team, which raised a fantastic total of $4,947; Out of Sight, last year’s top fundraising team, which raised $3,325 this year; and the Retinal Research Allstars, which finished in fourth place with $1,930, and ranked as the top McPherson ERI-affiliated lab team.

Thank you to all who participated - it was great fun! You can see pictures from the ride here. Cycle for Sight will return in 2016, at a date to be determined.


Sheila Nirenberg Gives 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) spoke about neural coding, and the development of prosthetic devices which can interpret the brain's "code" in order to treat blindness, on Monday, May 18th at the Ebling Symposium Center. Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, delivered the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk was preceded by a reception.

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Sheila Nirenberg Gives 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) spoke about neural coding, and the development of prosthetic devices which can interpret the brain's "code" in order to treat blindness, on Monday, May 18th at the Ebling Symposium Center. Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, delivered the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk was preceded by a reception.

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2015 Walsh Travel Awards announced

McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards provide funds for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from MERI members' research groups to attend research conferences to present vision-related work. The McPherson ERI Research Committee is pleased to announce two outstanding award recipients:

Clint Jensen, graduate student (Psychology, L&S; Vanessa Simmering, mentor), will attend the 2015 Jean Piaget Society Conference in Toronto, Canada. His presentation is entitled From General to Specific: A Developmental Exploration of the Influence of Conceptual Knowledge in Visual Recognition.

Kimberly Toops, postdoctoral researcher (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SMPH; Aparna Lakkaraju, mentor), will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Denver, CO. Her poster presentation is entitled Complex anomalies in late endosome and lysosome trafficking in stressed retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series in the next academic year.

2015 Walsh Travel Awards announced

McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards provide funds for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from MERI members' research groups to attend research conferences to present vision-related work. The McPherson ERI Research Committee is pleased to announce two outstanding award recipients:

Clint Jensen, graduate student (Psychology, L&S; Vanessa Simmering, mentor), will attend the 2015 Jean Piaget Society Conference in Toronto, Canada. His presentation is entitled From General to Specific: A Developmental Exploration of the Influence of Conceptual Knowledge in Visual Recognition.

Kimberly Toops, postdoctoral researcher (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SMPH; Aparna Lakkaraju, mentor), will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Denver, CO. Her poster presentation is entitled Complex anomalies in late endosome and lysosome trafficking in stressed retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series in the next academic year.