Scientists in a field investigating (cover of 2018 annual report)

Gaining critical knowledge about the science and art
of vision and applying it to the prevention of blindness


Welcome to Fall (and a new academic year) at the McPherson ERI!

Check out the Cool Science Images 2019 exhibit in our Vision Gallery (through December 13th), and our annual Poster Session and McPherson ERI Distinguished Guest Lecture on October 24th. Apply for a Fall 2019 Walsh Research Travel Award. If you’re a Grad Student or Post Doc, sign up (for free!) for the Illuminating Discovery Science Communication Course. And check out our Fall 2019 Seminar Schedule.  There’s always something happening at the McPherson ERI!

Registration is open for the 11th Annual McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session.

Our annual poster session on Thursday, October 24th, is a great opportunity to display a poster, learn about members’ ongoing vision-related research, and meet McPherson ERI members and their lab & program groups.  Following the reception, distinguished guest lecturer Margaret S. Livingstone will speak on “What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain.”

Andreas Velten’s Group Describes Advances in “Non-line-of-sight imaging” in Nature Report

In a report in the August 5th, 2019 issue of Nature, Assistant Professor Andreas Velten and his colleagues describe recent advances in the ability to capture images around barriers – a long-term goal brought closer by their recent work.

Novel Imaging Tech Brings Together Madison, Milwaukee Vision Researchers

The Morgridge Institute for Research recently highlighted a collaboration between two McPherson ERI vision scientists, Melissa Skala at UW-Madison and Joseph Carroll at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  Read more about both scientists in McPherson ERI’s Insights – Melissa Scala from Summer 2017, Joseph Carroll from Spring 2019.

Congratulations to the Retina Research Foundation for 50 Years of Achievement!

The McPherson ERI and UW-Madison congratulate the Retina Research Foundation on its 50th Anniversary.  RRF was founded by Dr. Alice McPherson in Houston in October 1969, with the mission to reduce retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education.

Dr. Alice McPherson
Alice McPherson, MD

Beginning with the first pilot research grant funded in 1973, RRF now supports a wide diversity of programs worldwide, including pilot research grants, chairs and professorships, research awards recognizing lifetime achievement, international fellowships training in developing countries, and educational and travel scholarships — all achieved through collaboration with the finest universities (including UW-Madison) and ophthalmological organizations.

Dr. Charles Zuker Delivers 7th Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture

Charles Zuker, PhD (Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Neuroscience, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) gave the 7th Annual McPherson Endowed Lecture on Monday, May 6, 2019 in the DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building.  His talk, “From Receptors to Behavior,” focused on his recent work on identifying the cells and receptors which mediate the five basic taste qualities, and uncovering the logic of taste coding.  Dr. Zuker is recognized for his studies on the molecular biology, genetics and physiology of multiple senses, including phototransduction and mechanotransduction.

2019 Calendar and 2018 Annual Report

The McPherson ERI’s 2018 Annual Report is available now, wrapped within a colorful 2019 wall calendar featuring images from 5 years of the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery.  Feel free to contact us if you’d like a print copy!

New Walsh Family Professorship Will Support “Cutting-Edge Vision Research”

The McPherson Eye Research Institute is pleased to announce the establishment of the David and Nancy Walsh Family Professorship in Vision Research, intended to support “cutting-edge vision research” at the Institute.

McPherson ERI Grant Summit Program 

Grand Summit Program logoFederal 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.

Past News Article Archive

Grand Summit Program logo

The McPherson ERI Grant Summit Program seeks to increase support for UW-Madison vision research by facilitating successful resubmissions of federal grant applications. Grant Summit Program guidelines and the application form provide detailed information. 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.


Seminar Series Schedule
Every month during semester

Fall Poster Session and Lecture by Margaret Livingstone, PhD
October 24, 2019

Cycle for Sight
Stay tuned for 2020 date!

Science Expeditions Photos
April 5-7, 2019

Vision Science Instructional Lectures

Vision Gallery
Changes periodically

Vision at the Vet School
Stay tuned for 2020 date!

8th Annual McPherson ERI Endowed Lecture
John G. Flannery, PhD
Thursday, April 16th, 2020


Summer 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2019

Spring 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2019

Spring 2019 newsletter cover image

Fall 2018

McPherson ERI Fall 2018 Newsletter

Summer 2018

McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2018

Summer Newsletter Cover 2018

Spring 2018

McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2018

InSights Cover Spring 2018

Fall 2017

McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2017

InSights Cover Fall 2017