Join us for our 13th Annual Vision Science Lecture with Steven Franconeri at 4pm on Sept. 16, 2021!
The McPherson ERI Fall 2021 Seminar Series Schedule is Now Available
Cycle for Sight Passed Our $50,000 Goal!
The McPherson ERI’s annual fundraiser kicked off on Friday, April 23rd and ran through Sunday, May 2nd. Participants exercised as they chose, at a time and place of their choice. You can still join us by donating to support vision research at the University of Wisconsin! And you can see pictures from this year’s Cycle for Sight team events here!
The McPherson ERI Summer 2021 Newsletter is Now Available
Please enjoy the Summer 2021 InSights newsletter, which features Dr. Sushmita Roy’s work on modelling cellular genetic networks in the eye, as well as a look at the Institute’s involvement in the NIH’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) Consortium.
Expanding Our Vision 2022 Award Recipient
Congratulations to McPherson ERI member Dr. Yuhang Zhao (Dept. of Computer Science), who will be collaborating with Dr. Bilge Mutlu (Dept. of Computer Science) and Dr. Sanbrita Mondal (Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences), here at UW-Madison. Their project, Designing Augmented Reality Systems to Facilitate Safe Cooking for People with Low Vision, will utilize augmented reality (AR) glasses to enhance vision by intelligently recognizing the environment and generating tailored visual augmentations, thereby enabling people with low vision to cook independently and safely.
Vision in the Ocean
Learn what the dynamic camouflage of cuttlefish can tell us about their vision! This interesting talk was given to the McPherson Eye Research Institute by Dr. Sara Zylinski, a lecturer in Marine Biology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, UK, in March of 2021.
The Fundus Photograph Reading Center renamed The Wisconsin Reading Center
The Fundus Photograph Reading Center, which was initially established by Dr. Matthew Davis in 1970 to independently analyze–or “read”–photographs from participants in the first clinical trials of diabetic retinopathy, has a new name–the Wisconsin Reading Center! The Wisconsin Reading Center analyzes retinal images in an effort to provide an unbiased and comprehensive source of data for clinical trials of diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, uveitis, inherited retinal diseases, and drug safety trials, providing top quality retinal imaging data to researchers worldwide.
Learn about Vision and the Eye: In the Dark and In the Light
The McPherson ERI Outreach Committee is pleased to provide this lesson on vision and the eye to the public. The eyes of nocturnal and diurnal vertebrates are compared for differences in their structures. Designed for a middle school audience, it is interesting for all! Both diagrams and photographic images of eyes, from animals active at night and during the day, show variations in the size of the cornea, shape and position of the lens, and quantities of photoreceptors. Viewers are invited to use these differences to identify the environmental adaptations of eyes from various animals. A worksheet is also provided for the lesson. Enjoy!
“Ice Cube Tray” Scaffold for Retinal Patch Described in Science Advances Paper
A collaboration among the labs of David Gamm, Sarah Gong, and Jack Ma will advance photoreceptor replacement therapy through the development of a second generation “ice cube tray” retinal patch intended for implantation in the retina. The three scientists’ work, supported by grants from a wide range of sources, is described in a recently published paper in Science Advances.
Systemic Racism & Unconscious Bias in Medical Workplaces
Please read an important new “call to servant leadership” by Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a McPherson ERI member-researcher. Dr. Mezu-Ndubuisi’s article was recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
2021 Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Grant Winners Announced
Four McPherson ERI trainee researchers received this year’s Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Grants, funded through Cycle for Sight. The McPherson ERI is grateful to the Valentyn family and all other Cycle for Sight participants for enabling this boost to vision researchers at the start of their careers.
Recipients of the David G. Walsh Graduate Student Support Initiative Awards Announced
The McPherson ERI is pleased to announce the recipients of the first annual David G. Walsh Graduate Student Support Initiative awards. Two one-year grants of $12,000, financed by the David G. Walsh Research Fellowship Endowment Fund, were provided to two McPherson ERI members to support a graduate student. The recipients included Ari Rosenberg, PhD (Dept. of Neuroscience), in support of PhD candidate Lowell W. Thomson (Neuroscience Training Program) and his work on hierarchical neural circuitry supporting 3D object motion processing, and Nader Sheibani, PhD (Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences), in support of PhD candidate Yong-Seok Song, MS (Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program) and his work on CYP1b1 expression, iron homeostasis, and ocular oxidative stress. Congratulations to our recipients!
The McPherson ERI’s 2020 Annual Report (and 2021 Calendar) is now available online!
Dr. Michael Altaweel Awarded the Monroe E. Trout Chair in Vision Research
The Monroe E. Trout Chair is the third endowed chair established by the Trouts in the McPherson Eye Research Institute, following on the Sandra Lemke Trout Chair (held by David Gamm, MD, PhD), and the Timothy William Trout Chair (held by Akihiro Ikeda, DVM, PhD). All three endowed chairholders focus on research intended to cure or develop effective new therapies for age-related macular degeneration.
Developing a Retinal Therapy for Combat-Related Injuries
The Gamm, Gong, and Ma Labs are working with collaborators to develop a new stem cell retinal patch therapy for injured soldiers and others.
McPherson ERI Expanding Our Vision grant recipients
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 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.
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!
13th Annual Vision Science Lecture featuring Steven Franconeri, 4pm on Sept. 16, 2021
Fall Graduate Student Vision Research Symposium, Noon on Nov. 4, 2021
Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule
McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2021
McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2020
McPherson ERI Newsletter Summer 2020
McPherson ERI Newsletter Spring 2020
McPherson ERI Newsletter Fall 2019