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of vision and applying it to the prevention of blindness

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6th Annual
McPherson ERI Lecture
May 21

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Grant Competition for Trainees applications due April 9th



Grand Summit Program logoMcPherson ERI Grant Summit Program
Federal funding is increasingly difficult to obtain, yet it remains the driving force behind most research programs. The McPherson ERI Grant Summit Program seeks to increase support for UW-Madison vision research by facilitating successful resubmissions of federal grant applications. Toward this end, we have developed a simple and rapid mechanism whereby McPherson ERI members who “just miss” funding cut-offs can obtain Institute support to address issues raised by reviewers (e.g., study section), thus increasing their odds of a positive outcome. Grant Summit Program guidelines and an application form are available online at the McPherson ERI website Research page. Applications are welcomed at any time and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with no internal deadlines nor pre-determined grant quotas.

Retinal researcher and McPherson ERI collaborator Donald Zack, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins) to speak at Waisman Center, February 23rd

MERI-at-a-Glance Draws Researchers!
MERI-at-a-Glance featured short presentations by eight McPherson ERI-affiliated researchers on Friday, December 8th.

Kevin Eliceiri
Kevin Eliceiri, new McPherson ERI Associate Director and RRF Walter H Helmerich Research Professor
Aki Ikeda, former McPherson ERI Associate Director and Timothy William Trout Professor of Eye Research

From the Director:  McPherson ERI Associate Director Transition
Recently, the Institute underwent a transition in the Associate Director position, which offers an opportunity to highlight two of McPherson ERI’s extraordinary scientists and leaders.
More about this transition

The 9th Annual McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session and Distinguished Guest Lecture
People at the Poster EventPeople at the poster event

This event took place on Thursday, October 12th. Close to 100 McPherson ERI Members, Lab & Program Associates, Trainees, and Friends attended our annual poster session and reception, and many of them displayed research posters.  The reception was followed by a talk from distinguished guest lecturer Steven Seitz, which was also open to the public. Poster Session and Guest Lecture

Gamm Team Recognized in NEI’s 3D Retina Organoid Challenge    A team of McPherson ERI scientists headed by Dr. David Gamm was recognized by the National Eye Institute as part of an initiative aimed at improving the production of human 3D retina structures grown from stem cells.  The UW-Madison team  Gamm team recognized

Dick DubielzigDr. Richard R. Dubielzig featured on NPR and in the Wisconsin State Journal
Dr. Richard R. Dubielzig, who founded the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW), was recently featured in this NPR story and in the Wisconsin State Journal.

McPherson ERI 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Calendar with Research Images and Annotations


Seminar Series Schedule
Every month during semester

Fall Poster Session
October 16, 2018

Cycle for Sight
March 10, 2018

Science Expeditions
April 6-8, 2018

Vision Science Instructional Lectures

Vision Gallery
Changes periodically

Vision in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
June 3, 2018

6th Annual McPherson ERI Endowed Lecture
Dan Dongeun Huh, PhD
May 21, 2018


Fall 2017

McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2017

InSights Cover Fall 2017

Summer 2017

McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2017

Summer Cover 2017 InSights