Our mission is to serve as the catalyst for vision research, and our
highest priority is to foster interactive, interdisciplinary, and translational
studies of how the visual system functions in health and disease.


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MERI-at-a-Glance Draws Vision Researchers from Across the Campus

Dozens of McPherson ERI members, trainees, and colleagues learned more about the breadth of vision research conducted by McPherson ERI members at UW-Madison and other campuses at the most recent MERI-at-a-Glance event, held on February 12th in the DeLuca Forum at WID.  The list of presenters included:

1. Janis Eells, PhD (Biomedical Sciences, UW-Milwaukee)

Seeing the Light: Near-infrared photobiomodulation for retinal disease

2. Melissa Skala, PhD (Biomedical Engineering; Morgridge Institute for Research)
Functional optical imaging in vivo

3. Hongrui Jiang, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Learning from Nature: Bioinspired optical imaging systems

4. Kim Stepien, MD (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
Clinical adaptations of adaptive optics

5. Moo Chung, PhD (Biostatistics and Medical Informatics; Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior)
Visualizing topological changes of brain networks via persistent homology

6. Anna Huttenlocher, MD, PhD (Medical Microbiology & Immunology; Pediatrics)
Innate immunity and inflammation using zebrafish

7. Zach Simmons, PhD, Trainee member (Biomedical Engineering; Jeremy Rogers Lab)
Learning about light propagation in the retina with optical scattering goniometry

8. Yanyun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Neurology; Neurosurgery)
The intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cell (ipRGC), a link between the eye and brain


Vision Science Instructional Lectures

  • This new series is organized by the Education Committee of the McPherson Eye Research Institute to offer foundational instruction in the fundamentals of vision.
  • For graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, and faculty in McPherson ERI member research groups in any department
  • Intended to fill training gaps for those entering a new research domain, and to provide background knowledge to support development of new collaborations
  • Lectures I, II, and III give an overview of the architecture of the eye and how it functions. [Human and animal eyes are included, with comparative ocular morphology a part of this informational series.]
  • Presented by Christopher J. Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO
    • Departments of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine at UC Davis
    • Alumni member, McPherson Eye Research Institute
    • Professor Emeritus, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison 
  • Lecture videos are available to view with this link and a password: Vision Science Instruction Lecture videos. This viewing opportunity is available only to McPherson Eye Research Institute members and trainees & associates within member research groups. Please contact Gail Stirr (gmstirr@wisc.edu) to request the password.

Functional Morphology of the Eye: I
- Eye as a whole, tear film, cornea and sclera
Friday, February 24, 2017
Noon to 1:30pm
Location: Room 121 Brogden Hall, Psychology Department
* RSVP by February 22nd (Gail Stirr: gmstirr@wisc.edu)

Functional Morphology of the Eye: II
- Iridocorneal angle, anterior uveal tract, aqueous production and outflow
Monday, May 15, 2017
Noon to 1:30pm
Location: Room 121 Brogden Hall, Psychology Department

Functional Morphology of the Eye: III
- Posterior segment: choroid, retina, and optical media (lens and vitreous)
To be scheduled early fall 2017


Protein Discovery

Photo of Dr. Akihiro IkedaDr. Akihiro Ikeda, Professor of Medical Genetics and RRF Walter H. Helmerich Research Chair at the McPherson Eye Research Institute, has published a study of a novel protein that could lead to potential new treatments for age-related retinal diseases. Here is the eLife publication summary, and the link to the paper.