McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session Draws a Crowd Guest Lecturers Bring Neuromagic to the HSLC November, 2015
McPherson ERI's annual event showcasing vision-related research was held on Tuesday, November 3rd, drawing more than 100 participants to the atrium of the Health Sciences Learning Center.
Following the poster session, Drs. Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik (Professors at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City and founders of the new discipline of neuromagic) gave the annual MERI Distinguished Guest Lecture. Their talk focused on the cognitive neuroscience of illusions, and was an absorbing introduction to their studies.
At the poster session, Maggie Maes (advisor, Rob Nickells) was given the Best Student Presentation Award, Visual Science for her poster Bax oligomerization kinetics and its role in ganglion cell death. Pawan Shahi (advisor, Bikash Pattnaik) and Li Xuan Tan (advisor, Aparna Lakkaraju) were each awarded honorable mentions for their poster presentations.
Dr. Alice McPherson was presented with UW-Madison's Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, at the Chancellor's Luncheon 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 assistance in establishing the McPherson Eye Research Institute.) While in Madison, Dr. McPherson also visited McPherson House, the learning community at the School of Medicine and Public Health that is named for her.
Congratulations to Dr. McPherson!
Member Highlight: Nader Sheibani, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
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
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. 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.