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  1. The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter’s Smile

    “Once her belief was sanctified by science, her sight got better and better…” I first read about blindsight back in high school, reading an essay by Oliver Sacks and was absolutely intrigued by the thought of seeing without sight. Now there is a wonderful vignette on NPR by Lulu Miller that talks about blindsight (be sure to listen to […]

    May 27, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  2. The Judgment Of Solomon

    I had the honor and privilege of attending a Lasker/IRRF Initiative’s plenary session on Restoring Vision to the Blind at Janelia Farm last month where Mr. Sanford D. Greenberg delivered an emotional and inspiring story of a time in his life where he lost his vision during his junior year at Columbia University.  The prospect of […]

    May 15, 2014 — Read more 2 Comments
  3. Happy 90th Birthday Gerald Westheimer

    A very Happy 90th Birthday to Gerald Westheimer, Ph.D.  Professor of the Graduate School, Division of Neurobiology,  Molecular and Cell Biology, and Clinical Professor of Optometry Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Gerald to this day continues to contribute important papers to the literature and to celebrate his career, his friends at UC Berkeley have put together […]

    May 13, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  4. What You See Is What You Get?

    Dwayne Godwin (@BrainyActs) a professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest University posted this fun comic on how visual systems work.  It is one of many, really excellent comics he publishes on the nervous system.  See more on his Tumbler page here.

    May 12, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  5. Proposed NIH And NEI 2015 Budget

    The new 2015 Budget proposal released by Health and Human Services for the NIH has been finalized.  This is a proposal released by the White House as a suggestion to Congress on how to distribute federal funds related to research.  As we know, this relationship has been contentious to say the least coming at the […]

    May 9, 2014 — Read more 1 Comment
  6. Thy-1 Expressed In CNV And Increased In migrating Choroidal ECs In Human Neovascular AMD

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Haibo Wang, Yanchao Jiang and M. Elizabeth Hartnett. Thy-1 regulates VEGF-induced choroidal endothelial cell migration  Dept of Ophthalmology, John A. Moran Eye Center, The University of Utah-Salt Lake City.  Purpose: Choroidal endothelial cell (CEC) activation and migration […]

    May 8, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  7. Müller Cell-derived VEGF164 Knockdown Reduces Retinal Neovascularization In A Rat Model Of Retinopathy Of Prematurity

      This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by  Deeksha Gambhir, Yanchao Jiang, George W. Smith, Zhihong Yang, Haibo Wang, Lori Fotheringham and M. Elizabeth Hartnett. Full size poster available here.

    May 7, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  8. A Study of PDZ Domain-Containing 7 (PDZD7) in the Mouse Retina

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by  Junhuang Zou, Tihua Zheng and Jun Yang. Full size poster can be downloaded here. Purpose: PDZD7 is a newly identified modifier and contributor gene of Usher syndrome (USH). In the inner ear, PDZD7 colocalizes with GPR98, […]

    May 7, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  9. A Synaptic Basis for Small World Network Design in the ON Inner Plexiform Layer of the Rabbit Retina

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by J Scott Lauritzen, Noah T. Nelson, Crystal L. Sigulinsky, Nathan Sherbotie, John Hoang, Rebecca L. Pfeiffer, James R. Anderson, Carl B. Watt, Bryan W. Jones and Robert E. Marc. Purpose: Converging evidence suggests that large- and intermediate-scale neural networks throughout the nervous system exhibit small world’ […]

    May 6, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  10. The Role of NMDA Receptor Activity in Retinal Ganglion Cell Dendrite Development

      This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Eerik M. Elias, Ping Wang and Ning Tian. Full size poster available here. Purpose: To elucidate mechanisms underlying the dendrite developmental plasticity of retinal ganglion cells, we examined the role of glutamate receptors on retinal ganglion […]

    May 6, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  11. Suppressing Thyroid Hormone Signaling Preserves Cone Photoreceptors in Mouse Models of Retinal Degeneration

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Xi-Qin Ding, Hongwei Ma, Arjun Thapa, Lynsie Morris, T M. Redmond and Wolfgang Baehr. Full size poster available here. Purpose: Cone phototransduction and survival of cones in the human macula is essential for color vision and for […]

    May 5, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  12. Metabolic Changes Associated With Müller Cells In A Transgenic Rabbit Model Of Retinal Degeneration

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by  Rebecca L. Pfeiffer, Bryan W. Jones and Robert E. Marc. Purpose: Müller cells play a central role in retinal metabolism via the glutamate cycle. During retinal degeneration Müller cells are among the first to demonstrate changes, reflected […]

    May 4, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  13. Retinitis Pigmentosa 2 Protein Regulates Transport Of Isoprenylated Proteins To Photoreceptor Outer Segments

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Houbin Zhang, Li Jiang, Christin Hanke and Wolfgang Baehr. Full size poster can be downloaded here. Purpose: X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP) is a devastating form of retinal degeneration, manifesting early in life with symptoms of night blindness, visual […]

    May 4, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  14. Arl3 Rod-Specific Knockout Displays RP-Like Photoreceptor Degeneration

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Christin Hanke, Houbin Zhang, Cecilia D. Gerstner, Jeanne M. Frederick AND Wolfgang Baehr. Full size poster can be downloaded here. Purpose: Arf-like protein 3 (Arl3) localizes predominantly in the photoreceptor inner segment. Germline Arl3 knockout mice do not […]

    May 4, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  15. Flying to ARVO 2014

    We are on our way to ARVO, 2014 in Orlando, Florida to participate in the largest gathering of vision scientists and clinicians in the world.  It’s the annual meeting of researchers presenting and discussing all things vision and ophthalmology and a large group from the Moran Eye Center will be going. Over the next few days, you will […]

    May 3, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  16. Eye Exams On A Smartphone

    Andrew Bastawrous shares with TED a wonderful example of using smartphone technology to screen vision in remote parts of the world, bringing eye care to some of the 39 million people in the world who are blind.

    May 1, 2014 — Read more 1 Comment