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  1. Interesting paper: Characterization Of Neurite Outgrowth And Ectopic Synaptogenesis In Response To Photoreceptor Dysfunction

    Authors Stylianos Michalakis, Karin Schäferhoff, Isabella Spiwoks-Becker, Nawal Zabouri, Susanne Koch, Fred Koch, Michael Bonin, Martin Biel, and Silke Haverkamp have a new paper out that looks at the earliest gene microarray analysis results associated with neurite outgrowth in the degenerate retina.  The title is a overly broad, but the results focusing on gene expression changes […]

    Apr 26, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  2. Seminar: Shannon Boye, Gene Therapy for Photoreceptor-Mediated Retinal Disease: Leber Congenital Amaurosis-1 (LCA1)

    Shannon Boye, assistant professor, University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology will be delivering a seminar, Gene Therapy for Photoreceptor-Mediated Retinal Disease: Leber Congenital Amaurosis-1 (LCA1) on May 16th, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the John A. Moran Eye Center Auditorium on the 1st floor.

    Apr 25, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  3. Building Retinal Connectomes

    There has been quite a bit of discussion of connectomes in the last while with President Obama’s new BRAIN initiative.  It is important to consider some of the requirements of obtaining a true synapse level wiring map in the brain as many are articulating from this initiative.  While there are new technologies that will be […]

    Apr 22, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  4. April 2013 VIG Meeting Announcement

    The VIG is designed as a resource for students and post-docs to present their work/research to their contemporaries and all interested parties who wish to attend and participate. The April VIG at the John A. Moran Eye Center will be held on April 18th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the John A. Moran Eye Center auditorium on […]

    Apr 18, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  5. Seminar: Monica Vetter, Neurogenesis And Neurodegeneration In The Retina

    Monica Vetter, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah will be delivering a seminar, Neurogenesis And Neurodegeneration In The Retina on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the John A. Moran Eye Center Auditorium. Abstract: A continuum of events throughout life are essential to acquire and maintain normal vision. This includes […]

    Apr 17, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  6. What Do Whales See?

    This beautiful article in The Atlantic by Alexis Madrigal talks about the eyes of cetaceans or whales and has some beautiful imagery from photographer Bryant Austin.  More importantly, the article asks: “So, what does the world look like to a whale?” which is a fundamental question in comparative anatomy. The really unusual thing about this article […]

    Apr 9, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  7. Interesting Paper: Precedence Of The Eye Region In Neural Processing Of Faces

    Just seeing an eye… and only the eye is enough to establish the first components of neural facial recognition.  In this interesting paper by Elias B. Issa and James J. DiCarlo, the authors found using a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that the first stage in the primate visual/face processing circuitry is tuned […]

    Apr 8, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  8. Visual Cortex Neuron

    This is a fluorescently tagged primary visual cortex neuron from a light microscope capture of a brain slice preparation.  These data were focus stacked revealing a tremendous amount of detail including the spines.  Focus stacking is common method in confocal microscopy, but many folks do not realize that you can also do it with traditional […]

    Apr 5, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  9. Silicone Oil In Anterior Chamber

    This image shows a slit lamp retro-illumination photograph through dilated pupil revealing silicone oil in anterior chamber following retinal re-attachment surgery.  Silicone oil is a commonly used approach for retinal tamponade during surgery in the vitreous or for retinal reattachment surgery.  While the silicone does assist with successful reattachment, often it causes optical complications resulting […]

    Apr 1, 2013 — Read more No Comments