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Register now for MERI-at-a-Glance 2019!

Learn more about the breadth of vision research conducted by McPherson ERI members at the Institute’s annual research-focused gathering.  Eight McPherson ERI members will give short presentations, alongside a pizza lunch and time for networking and discussion.  Join us at the DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, on Friday, November 22nd from 11:45 AM-2:00 PM.

2019 McPherson ERI Vision Science Poster Session

Our annual poster session was held on Thursday, October 24th, bringing approximately 100 McPherson ERI members and associated lab members to the SMPH atrium.  Following the poster session, distinguished guest lecturer Margaret S. Livingstone spoke on “What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain.”

Dr. Ronald Klein, 1943-2019

We note with sorrow the passing of Dr. Ronald Klein, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and world-renowned epidemiologist.

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.

Events

Seminar Series Schedule
Every month during semester

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

Cycle for Sight
March 7, 2020

Science Expeditions Photos
April 5-7, 2019

Vision Science Instructional Lectures
TBD

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

Newsletters

Summer 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2019

Spring 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2019

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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