Our mission is to serve as the catalyst for vision research, and our highest priority is to foster interactive, interdisciplinary, and translational studies of how the visual system functions in health and disease.

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  • MERI-at-a-Glance on November 30th

    On Friday, November 30th, McPherson ERI members, their trainees and lab associates gathered at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) for MERI-at-a-Glance — eight short research presentations (10 minutes each) sharing vision-related findings and interests.  The …

  • NEI Audacious Goals Grants Awarded to McPherson ERI Members

    Two out of five new National Eye Institute Audacious Goals Initiative grants were awarded to teams headed by McPherson Eye Research Institute investigators, the NEI announced on Thursday, 10/8.  The funds, awarded “to accelerate the …

  • Applications Open for Fall 2018 Walsh Research Travel Awards

    This fall semester, with funding from Cycle for Sight as well as from the David G. Walsh Research Fellowship Fund, two David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards will be awarded to support graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers. The application process …

  • McPherson ERI 10th Annual Poster Session, Distinguished Lecture

    Dr. Jeremy Wolfe will speak following the 10th Annual McPherson ERI Poster Session, on Tuesday, October 16th. Please register to attend this year’s McPherson ERI poster session in the HSLC atrium, 3:00-5:30 PM!  Attendees are …

  • Fall Semester 2018 Seminars

    Fall Semester 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, 2nd Tuesdays. Please join us at this semester’s vision research seminars! Please RSVP for pizza lunch to, 265-4023.  Pizza is sponsored by EyeKor, Inc. and Ocular Services …

  • Walsh Family Professorship to 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.  The Walsh family has …

  • 2018 Vision Research Trainee Grants Awarded

    Vision Research Trainee Grants Awarded to McPherson ERI Graduate Students Thomas Lawler and Dwani Patel are the 2018 recipients of the McPherson ERI’s Vision Research Trainee Grants.  These one-year grant awards of $3000 each are …

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McPherson ERI Grant Summit Program
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.

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  • AMD Research Grant Awards

    Two McPherson ERI members from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences were the recent recipients of $25,000 grant awards from the James Christensen Estate Macular Degeneration Research Fund. The fund, established by a generous …

  • Metabolism Research in AMD Grant Award

    Drs. David Gamm (Director, McPherson Eye Research Institute), Brad Schwartz (CEO, Morgridge Institute for Research), and Terri Young (Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) are pleased to announce the recipient of a $25,000 grant …

  • Hilldale Research Fellowship Awards

    We are pleased to announce Anna-Lisa Doebley as the recipient of the 2014-2015 McPherson ERI-sponsored Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship. This award provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $500 to the faculty collaborator. …

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