Cycle for Sight 2015 Registration Will Go Live After Thanksgiving!

Mark the date on your calendar - Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - and prepare to ride!

Cycle for Sight 2015 Registration Will Go Live After Thanksgiving!

Mark the date on your calendar - Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - and prepare to ride!


Walsh Travel Awards Announced

Brian Allen and Caitlin MacNair, graduate students from McPherson ERI members' research groups, have been chosen from an excellent and diverse field of applicants to receive McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards. These awards provide funds to attend research conferences, in order to present vision-related work and advance educational and professional development opportunities.

Brian Allen (Psychology, L&S, UW-Madison; Bas Rokers, mentor) will attend the November 15-19, 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC. His talk is entitled “Altered white matter in early visual pathways as a result of amblyopia."

Caitlin Mac Nair (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SMPH, UW-Madison; Rob Nickells, mentor) will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Denver, CO in May 2015. Her poster presentation is entitled “Pannexin 1 expression in macroglia modulates activation of these cells after optic nerve crush.”

Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series during the 2015-16 academic year.

Walsh Travel Awards Announced

Brian Allen and Caitlin MacNair, graduate students from McPherson ERI members' research groups, have been chosen from an excellent and diverse field of applicants to receive McPherson ERI/David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards. These awards provide funds to attend research conferences, in order to present vision-related work and advance educational and professional development opportunities.

Brian Allen (Psychology, L&S, UW-Madison; Bas Rokers, mentor) will attend the November 15-19, 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC. His talk is entitled “Altered white matter in early visual pathways as a result of amblyopia."

Caitlin Mac Nair (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SMPH, UW-Madison; Rob Nickells, mentor) will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Denver, CO in May 2015. Her poster presentation is entitled “Pannexin 1 expression in macroglia modulates activation of these cells after optic nerve crush.”

Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series during the 2015-16 academic year.


Grant Announced for Metabolism Research in AMD

Drs. David Gamm (Director, McPherson Eye Research Institute), Brad Schwartz (CEO, Morgridge Institute for Research), and Terri Young (Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) are pleased to announce the recipient of a $25,000 grant award for Metabolism Research in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. This pilot award was partially funded by the James Christenson Estate Macular Degeneration Research Fund, and extended with generous additional funding by the Morgridge Institute for Research in order to advance its new metabolism focus.

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Assistant Professor Lian-Wang Guo (Department of Surgery) will receive year-long funding (November 2014 through October 2015) to advance his project, "Assessment of the Sigma-1 receptor as a therapeutic target for protection against retinal pigment epithelial cell degeneration.” Dr. Guo seeks to develop the Sigma-1 receptor as a new target that may be important for mitochondrial metabolism. The Sigma-1 receptor is a druggable chaperone protein, which is located between the mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum, required to maintain normal mitochondrial function. There is considerable support for the idea that progressive deterioration of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) originates in dysfunctional mitochondria, leading to ROS and oxidative damage.

This grant opportunity initiates a new campus partnership advancing research and collaborative efforts, and it is hoped will foster further campus connections.

Grant Announced for Metabolism Research in AMD

Drs. David Gamm (Director, McPherson Eye Research Institute), Brad Schwartz (CEO, Morgridge Institute for Research), and Terri Young (Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) are pleased to announce the recipient of a $25,000 grant award for Metabolism Research in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. This pilot award was partially funded by the James Christenson Estate Macular Degeneration Research Fund, and extended with generous additional funding by the Morgridge Institute for Research in order to advance its new metabolism focus.

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Assistant Professor Lian-Wang Guo (Department of Surgery) will receive year-long funding (November 2014 through October 2015) to advance his project, "Assessment of the Sigma-1 receptor as a therapeutic target for protection against retinal pigment epithelial cell degeneration.” Dr. Guo seeks to develop the Sigma-1 receptor as a new target that may be important for mitochondrial metabolism. The Sigma-1 receptor is a druggable chaperone protein, which is located between the mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum, required to maintain normal mitochondrial function. There is considerable support for the idea that progressive deterioration of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) originates in dysfunctional mitochondria, leading to ROS and oxidative damage.

This grant opportunity initiates a new campus partnership advancing research and collaborative efforts, and it is hoped will foster further campus connections.


Student Presentation Awards Given at McPherson ERI Poster Session

Outstanding student and postdoctoral trainee poster presentations were recognized with awards at the October 2nd Vision Science & Visual Art Poster/Gallery Session, at which close to 40 posters were displayed by McPherson ERI members and students.

The Best Student Presentation Award, Vision Science, was given to Patrick Barney (David Gamm and Joe Phillips, advisors) for “Biological and Synthetic Membranes for Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Based Transplantation Therapy.”

Honorable Mentions were awarded to two presentations:

Maggie Maes (Rob Nickells, advisor) for “BAX Oligomerization Kinetics and its Role in Retinal Ganglion Cell Death”

Danielle Albers Szafir (Mike Gleicher, advisor) for “Lightness Constancy in Surface Visualization”

We gratefully acknowledge prize donations from five-time donor Nikon Instruments, Inc (a Nikon Coolpix camera), and from the University Book Store in the Health Sciences Learning Center (gift certificates). Winners were chosen from a strong field of presentations by McPherson ERI members Kate Baldwin, Shawn Green, and Rodney Schreiner.

Student Presentation Awards Given at McPherson ERI Poster Session

Outstanding student and postdoctoral trainee poster presentations were recognized with awards at the October 2nd Vision Science & Visual Art Poster/Gallery Session, at which close to 40 posters were displayed by McPherson ERI members and students.

The Best Student Presentation Award, Vision Science, was given to Patrick Barney (David Gamm and Joe Phillips, advisors) for “Biological and Synthetic Membranes for Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Based Transplantation Therapy.”

Honorable Mentions were awarded to two presentations:

Maggie Maes (Rob Nickells, advisor) for “BAX Oligomerization Kinetics and its Role in Retinal Ganglion Cell Death”

Danielle Albers Szafir (Mike Gleicher, advisor) for “Lightness Constancy in Surface Visualization”

We gratefully acknowledge prize donations from five-time donor Nikon Instruments, Inc (a Nikon Coolpix camera), and from the University Book Store in the Health Sciences Learning Center (gift certificates). Winners were chosen from a strong field of presentations by McPherson ERI members Kate Baldwin, Shawn Green, and Rodney Schreiner.


McPherson ERI and DOVS Announce Awards for AMD Research

Two McPherson ERI members from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences were the recent recipients of $25,000 grant awards from the James Christensen Estate Macular Degeneration Research Fund. The fund, established by a generous estate gift, was created to support research on age-related macular degeneration on campus. Year-long funding will advance AMD research by Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD ("Repurposing FDA-Approved Drugs as Therapeutics for Age-Related Macular Degeneration") and Julie Mares, PhD ("Influence of Lifelong Dietary Plant Pigments on Their Density in the Macula and Vision Function, Pilot Studies"). Drs. Lakkaraju and Mares received their awards after a joint competition open to all MERI members as well as DOVS faculty.

McPherson ERI and DOVS Announce Awards for AMD Research

Two McPherson ERI members from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences were the recent recipients of $25,000 grant awards from the James Christensen Estate Macular Degeneration Research Fund. The fund, established by a generous estate gift, was created to support research on age-related macular degeneration on campus. Year-long funding will advance AMD research by Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD ("Repurposing FDA-Approved Drugs as Therapeutics for Age-Related Macular Degeneration") and Julie Mares, PhD ("Influence of Lifelong Dietary Plant Pigments on Their Density in the Macula and Vision Function, Pilot Studies"). Drs. Lakkaraju and Mares received their awards after a joint competition open to all MERI members as well as DOVS faculty.


Cool Science Images at MERI!

Now on display in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery (9th floor of WIMR II) are the winning entries in the 2014 Cool Science Image Competition. W250 fish  cool science images Sponsored by The Why Files and the McPherson ERI, this striking exhibit will run through December 11th in the Vision Gallery.

Cool Science Images at MERI!

Now on display in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery (9th floor of WIMR II) are the winning entries in the 2014 Cool Science Image Competition. W250 fish  cool science images Sponsored by The Why Files and the McPherson ERI, this striking exhibit will run through December 11th in the Vision Gallery.