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of vision and applying it to the prevention of blindness


Retinitis Pigmentosa Plus will livestream on Thursday, December 3rd.

Please join us for this informative program in collaboration with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Nancy Kanwisher will give the 12th Annual MERI Vision Science Lecture virtually on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020.

Please join us as Nancy Kanwisher, Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, discusses Functional Imaging of the Human Brain: A Window into the Architecture of the Mind.  Wednesday, December 9th, 4-6 PM, no advance registration necessary (join via the Zoom link on the linked poster).

McPherson ERI Expanding Our Vision grant recipients announced

The new program was started in 2020 and is intended to support researchers in a broad array of vision research areas.

Stream our Summer Vision Research Update!

Dr. David Gamm presents advances in vision research from McPherson ERI scientists, and answers questions on macular degeneration, RP, glaucoma and other vision topics.

A New Approach to a Rare, Incurable Form of Blindness

A collaboration among four McPherson ERI member labs has resulted in a proof-of-concept method to correct an inherited form of macular degeneration that causes blindness, and that is currently untreatable.  The research focused on Best disease and demonstrated that a two-tiered gene therapy strategy may be able to treat all Best disease mutations in a highly effective manner.  An in-depth account of their work is in the McPherson ERI Summer 2020 InSights.

In Memoriam: Oscar C. Boldt, 1924-2020

The McPherson ERI deeply regrets the passing of Oscar C. Boldt, an extraordinary individual who, along with his wife Pat, was a founding Advisory Board member and friend to the Institute for many years.  The McPherson ERI’s home is in WIMR II, an outstanding state-of-the-art research complex built by Boldt Construction on West Campus.  Our condolences go out to Pat and to O.C.’s family and friends.

For an update on McPherson ERI glaucoma research, please check out our Spring 2020 Newsletter.

Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Grants 2020 Announced

The McPherson Eye Research Institute’s Research and Leadership Committees are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Grants.  Anjani Sreepada Chakrala, Ralph W. Nelson, and Abhilash Sawant will each receive a one-year grant award of $4000 funded by the Institute’s Cycle for Sight event, which raises money to support vision research in McPherson ERI member labs and programs.

Cycle for Sight 2020 Sets an Event Record!

Cycle for Sight 2020 has raised over $65,000 for vision research at UW-Madison, and also set a participant record (close to 300!)  Check out these pictures from Cycle for Sight 2020!

SMPH team at Cycle for Sight 2020
School of Medicine and Public Health riders at Cycle for Sight 2020

Past News Article Archive

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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.


Fall 2020 Seminar Schedule

Retinitis Pigmentosa Plus, December 3rd, 2020 (online)

12th Annual McPherson ERI Vision Science Lecture, Nancy Kanwisher                          December 9th, 2020 (online)

Cycle for Sight
Spring 2021, date TBA

Science Expeditions Photos
Future Science Expeditions TBD

Vision Science Instructional Lectures

Vision Gallery
Changes periodically

Vision at the Vet School
Spring 2021 event TBD



Fall 2020

McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2020

Summer 2020

McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2020

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Spring 2020

McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2020

Fall 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2019

Summer 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2019

Spring 2019

McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2019

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