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8th Annual McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Atrium, Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)
3:00pm - 5:30pm Posters and Reception
5:45pm - 6:45pm Lecture (Rm 1335 HSLC)

Join us at our annual membership event - display a poster; learn about other members’ ongoing vision-related research; meet McPherson ERI members and their lab & program groups; attend the reception (appetizers/beverages); listen to our distinguished guest lecturer.

Posters can be from any presentation over the past year, or can be newly-created for this session. Each person is limited to presenting ONE poster (though authorship/credits may appear on more than one).

Online registration is open now through September 30th:

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The McPherson ERI Distinguished Guest Lecture

Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Director and Chief Scientist of the AlloSphere Research Facility and Professor of Media Arts & Technology and of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present: "Harnessing Sight and Sound to Explore Complex Information.”

Challenge: Understanding big and complex data 
Method: Representing and transforming big data visually and aurally 
Action: Seeing and hearing representations of data allows researchers to experience simulations in real time. 
Platform: The Allosphere-one of the largest multi-dimensional display devices in the world for multi-modal data representation.
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In her UC Santa Barbara Center for Nanomedicine research collaboration, Kuchera-Morin and her group are using the immersive/interactive visual/aural computational platform to interact with MRI data of a real human body. They have re-constructed an anatomically correct human body from MRI data including the vasculature that connects the pancreas and liver. Researchers use wireless devices and tablets to mine various parameters of the data.


 The McPherson ERI Fall 2016 Seminar Schedule is now available!


Aparna Lab

Macular degeneration prevention advances with Lakkaraju team's new paper 

July 2016

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published a new paper by Li Xuan Tan, Kimberly Toops, and Aparna Lakkaraju which pinpoints how immune abnormalities in the retinal pigment epithelium can cause macular degeneration.  The paper also notes that drugs commonly used to treat depression can counteract these abnormalities and protect the retina.  Read more....


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Capacity Crowd Hears Pawan Sinha Give 2016 McPherson Endowed Lecture

April 2016 Lecture Available to View Watch the Lecture

The McPherson Eye Research Institute celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the 4th Annual Endowed Lecture on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Pawan Sinha, PhD, Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, spoke about "Learning to See Late in Childhood." His lecture focused on Project Prakash - an initiative restoring sight to blind children - and on his associated research, tracking visual learning and brain plasticity through a combination of behavioral and brain imaging studies.

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4th Annual McPherson ERI Endowed Lecture Flyer


MERI-at-a-Glance Highlights the Range of McPherson ERI Research Interests

February 2016

On Friday, February 19th, MERI-at-a-Glance successfully took place at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), with eight short research talks. From cataracts and glaucoma, viral gene delivery to therapeutic stem cell interventions, and computational optics to toddlers and TV: vision research conducted by McPherson ERI members across campus was shared, networking took place, and new connections were made. Attendance was great!


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