University of Wisconsin–Madison


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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  • 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 …

  • Stem Cell Discovery at UW-Madison: A Brief History

    The path of stem cell discovery in the past 20 years, starting with groundbreaking work in James Thomson’s lab, has been a remarkable story of cutting-edge research and future potential.  Read about the highlights in …

  • Growing Healthier Vision in Julie Mares’ Lab

    Why do we have plant pigments in our eyes? Professor Julie Mares’ (PhD) research team has asked this question for the past twenty years. In fact, the question goes back over two hundred years, since …

  • Spring 2018 Walsh Research Travel Award recipients announced

    The McPherson ERI Research Committee has announced two new recipients of David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards.  These awards provide funds for graduate students and postdocs from McPherson ERI members’ research groups to attend conferences …

  • Research Grant Competition for Trainees

    The McPherson Eye Research Institute is pleased to announce its second annual research grant competition for trainees whose principal investigator mentors are McPherson ERI members at UW-Madison or at another Wisconsin institution. This includes trainees …

  • David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards: Spring 2018

    Applications for Spring 2018 David G. Walsh Research Travel Awards are due by March 7, 2018.  Application requirements and the application form are linked within.

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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. …

  • More Research-2014 posts