Human organs are complex living systems in which specialized cells and tissues are assembled in various patterns to carry out integrated functions essential to the survival of the entire organism. A paucity of predictive models that recapitulate the complexity of human organs and physiological systems poses major technical challenges in virtually all areas of life science and technology. Dr. Huh’s talk, delivered on May 21st in Ebling Symposium to a large audience which included McPherson ERI co-founder Dr. Alice McPherson, presented his interdisciplinary research efforts to develop microengineered biomimetic models that reconstitute complex structure, dynamic microenvironment, and physiological function of living human organs, including the eye.
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Growing Healthier Vision in Julie Mares’ Lab
Dr. Julie Mares’ research team investigates the protective aspects of plant pigments such as lutein and zeaxanthin, commonly used in vision supplements. The current CAREDS2 study will help determine the levels of macular pigment needed to preserve vision with age.
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Spring 2018 Walsh Research Travel Award recipients announced
The McPherson ERI Research Committee has announced two new recipients of David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards. These awards provide funds for graduate students and postdocs from McPherson ERI members’ research groups to attend conferences to present vision-related work, and to advance educational and professional development opportunities. Award-winners for spring 2018 are Pawan Kumar Shahi, postdoctoral researcher (Pediatrics; Bikash Pattnaik, mentor) for a presentation entitled “Rescue of Kir7.1 function by gene augmentation in LCA16 patient derived iPSC-RPE cells;” and Divya Sinha, postdoctoral researcher (Waisman Center; David Gamm, mentor), for a presentation entitled “Mitochondrial integrity and function in hPSC-derived RPE.” Both will attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Honolulu this spring. Congratulations to both award recipients, who will be invited to speak in the McPherson ERI seminar series during the 2018-19 academic year.
McPherson 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. Here are the Grant Summit Program guidelines and application. 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.
MERI-at-a-Glance Draws Researchers!
MERI-at-a-Glance featured short presentations by eight McPherson ERI-affiliated researchers on Friday, December 8th.
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.
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The 9th Annual McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session and Distinguished Guest Lecture
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.
Gamm team recognized
Dr. Richard R. Dubielzig featured on NPR 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
April 6-8, 2018
Vision in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
June 3, 2018
6th Annual McPherson ERI Endowed Lecture
Dan Dongeun Huh, PhD
May 21, 2018
McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2018
McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2017
McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2017