McPherson ERI Spring 2015 Lectures!

MERI will sponsor two groundbreaking visitors this spring:

Dr. Hany Farid (Dartmouth College, Department of Computer Science) will speak about the emerging field of photo forensics on Thursday, April 16th at 5:45pm (Room 1125 Biochemistry Bldg). The issue of photographic trust impacts many areas of science, law, ethics, journalism, law enforcement, and finance; the field of photo forensics has emerged to help return trust in photography. This lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of Computer Sciences and Life Sciences Communication and supported by the UW Lectures Committee.

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) will speak 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 4:30pm (Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Bldg). Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, will deliver the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk will be preceded by a reception at 3pm.

Both lectures are free and open to the campus and to the greater Madison community. Please join us to hear these exciting speakers!

McPherson ERI Spring 2015 Lectures!

MERI will sponsor two groundbreaking visitors this spring:

Dr. Hany Farid (Dartmouth College, Department of Computer Science) will speak about the emerging field of photo forensics on Thursday, April 16th at 5:45pm (Room 1125 Biochemistry Bldg). The issue of photographic trust impacts many areas of science, law, ethics, journalism, law enforcement, and finance; the field of photo forensics has emerged to help return trust in photography. This lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of Computer Sciences and Life Sciences Communication and supported by the UW Lectures Committee.

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg (Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics) will speak 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 4:30pm (Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Bldg). Nirenberg, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, will deliver the 3rd Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture; the talk will be preceded by a reception at 3pm.

Both lectures are free and open to the campus and to the greater Madison community. Please join us to hear these exciting speakers!


Insights from Autistic Artists at the McPherson ERI's Vision Gallery

This program with artists Nicole Pollex and Matt Ward (Saturday, April 11th from 1-2:30pm) is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Seeing Beyond Disabilities: Unique Insights, now in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery on the 9th floor of WIMR. Nancy Alar (Matt Ward's mother) and Rich Pollex will speak about Matt & Nicole's work; art therapist Kathleen Kaufman will speak about "Healing Through Art." This program is open to all!

Insights from Autistic Artists at the McPherson ERI's Vision Gallery

This program with artists Nicole Pollex and Matt Ward (Saturday, April 11th from 1-2:30pm) is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Seeing Beyond Disabilities: Unique Insights, now in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery on the 9th floor of WIMR. Nancy Alar (Matt Ward's mother) and Rich Pollex will speak about Matt & Nicole's work; art therapist Kathleen Kaufman will speak about "Healing Through Art." This program is open to all!


Seeing Beyond Disabilities Opens in Mandelbaum & Albert Vision Gallery

SEEING BEYOND DISABILITIES: UNIQUE INSIGHTS displays visually powerful artworks by gifted Wisconsin artists associated with VSA Wisconsin and Artworking, as well as works from the Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center.

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Seeing Beyond Disabilities runs through May 22nd, 2015. Visitors are welcome during WIMR opening hours (8am-5pm).

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Seeing Beyond Disabilities Opens in Mandelbaum & Albert Vision Gallery

SEEING BEYOND DISABILITIES: UNIQUE INSIGHTS displays visually powerful artworks by gifted Wisconsin artists associated with VSA Wisconsin and Artworking, as well as works from the Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center.

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Seeing Beyond Disabilities runs through May 22nd, 2015. Visitors are welcome during WIMR opening hours (8am-5pm).

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The McPherson ERI is grateful to our donors for your support over the past year. You make our work possible, and we are delighted to acknowledge your help. Have a great New Year!

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The McPherson ERI is grateful to our donors for your support over the past year. You make our work possible, and we are delighted to acknowledge your help. Have a great New Year!

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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.