All Research Images and Annotations from the MERI 2015 Calendar

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

Cataracts and glaucoma, viral gene delivery to therapeutic stem cell interventions, computational optics to toddlers and TV:  Please join us oFriday, February 19th at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) for MERI-at-a-Glance — eight short research talks (10 minutes each) which will share vision-related findings and interests.   You'll learn about the breadth of vision research conducted by McPherson ERI members across campus, with time to network and make new connections. 

Please RSVP by February 14th to have a pizza lunch.  Bring your appetites and your curiosity, and feel free to invite (and register!) fellow lab associates, trainees, and colleagues.

MERI-at-a-Glance:  Friday, February 19, 2016, 11:45am to 2:00pm                                                           Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), Orchard View Room (room 3280)

RSVP by February 14th for pizza from Steenbock’s on Orchard (

The McPherson ERI Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule is now available!

Gillian McLellan with Bucky Badger      Dave Gamm and Bucky Badger

McPherson ERI researchers investigate vision across species.  Gillian McLellan (Ophthalmology) is shown here checking out the eyes of a rare human/Mustelidae hybrid at a Badger hockey game in November.   The creature, fully recovered, later posed with McPherson ERI Director David Gamm.

11/5/15:  A New Study from McPherson ERI Members & Collaborators Shows That Patients Taking the Drug L-DOPA are Significantly Less Likely to Develop Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)  Read more

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.

Judges at poster session    Nader, Juliana    Macknik & Martinez-Conde

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 Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award                        September, 2015

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
July, 2015

Nader Sheibani

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

WIMR Conference Room Named in Honor of Sandra and Monroe Trout

June, 2015

Gamm and TroutsIn 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.

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