Flying to ARVO 2015

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We are on our way to ARVO, 2015 in Denver, Colorado 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.

If you are going to be at ARVO and want to meet up, leave us a comment here or send a Tweet to @Webvision1.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Call For Proposals, Vision Art Exhibit

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The Moran Eye Center is issuing a call for proposals for two different art exhibits related to vision that we are curating: a permanent collection which will be housed in the new Mid-Valley Health Center and an exhibit that will be held at Art Access Gallery from April 17 – May 8th, 2015.

The deadline for the Mid-Valley Moran Eye Center location is Nov. 28th.

The deadline for the Art Access show is January 30th.

Please review the pdf linked here for more information and let us know here in the comments or by email at webvision@hsc.utah.edu if you have any questions.

 

Image Credit: Bryan William Jones, Ph.D.

Moran Eye Center Researcher Robert E. Marc: 2014 Paul Kayser Award In Retina Research

Our colleague and Director of Research at the University of Utah‘s Moran Eye Center, Robert E. Marc, Ph.D. has been named by the International Society for Eye Research as a recipient of the Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research.  The award will be presented to Dr. Marc during the 2014 ISER Biennial Meeting of the Society for Eye Research in San Francisco, California on Thursday, July 24th, 2014.

The Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research was created by the Directors of Retina Research Foundation and endowed by the Trustees of The Kayser Foundation to honor and perpetuate the memory of long-time friend and dedicated benefactor of RRF, Paul Kayser. Through this award both organizations are demonstrating the conviction they shared with Mr. Kayser that blindness caused by retinal disease is a global concern and must be addressed accordingly. It is thus the purpose of this award to foster greater awareness of the need for intensive study of the retina, its role in the visual process, and the retinal diseases that threaten and/or destroy eyesight by recognizing outstanding achievement and sustaining meritorious scientific investigations worldwide.

Dr. Marc was chosen as the recipient of this award for his lifetime body of work in retinal research, discovering the structure and function of the retina through novel technologies and approaches that have pushed our understanding of the retina forward.

Happy 90th Birthday Gerald Westheimer

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 a website to help celebrate his birthday.  There is a link on Berkeley’s website with images and memorabilia from Gerald’s life that is worth a visit.  Be sure to leave a note to Gerald there as well.

 

 

Flying to ARVO 2014

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 see some of our research abstracts appear here as the presentations are completed at ARVO.  We hope that it will give some insight into the work that goes on here at the Moran Eye Center and our passion for understanding vision and what goes wrong in blinding diseases.

If you are going to be at ARVO and want to meet up, or want to come to the big soirée on Monday night (open bar) celebrating Wolfgang Baehr’s Proctor Medal Award, leave us a comment here or send a Tweet to @BWJones.  We might even be able to work you into the Moran social on Monday the 2nd…

Look forward to seeing you there.

Moran Eye Center Researcher Wolfgang Baehr: 2014 ARVO Proctor Award Winner

Webvision is proud to announce that our colleague here at the University of Utah‘s Moran Eye Center researcher Wolfgang Baehr, Ph.D., has been named by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), as the 2014 recipient of the Proctor Medal —considered to be the highest honor in the world awarded to scientists working in vision research. The award will be presented to Dr. Baehr during the ARVO 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., scheduled for May 4 — 8. Dr. Baehr was chosen as the recipient of the Proctor Medal for a lifetime of achievements including his work in discovering mechanisms underlying retinal diseases.

P.S. Drop us a line if you’d like to celebrate with us on Monday, May 5th in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

David Hubel 1926-2013

David Hubel

David Hubel, one of the true giants in the field of neuroscience and visual neuroscience died on September 22nd.  His work on visual cortex helped inform and guide our understanding of how the visual system functions and for that work, he and Torsten Wiesel shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1981.  Most of us in the visual neurosciences have read their work or studied it in textbooks and owe a great debt of gratitude for their insight and efforts to push science forward.

Obituaries are appearing in newspapers around the world, in the NYTimes, Washington Post, The Guardian as well as remembrances in scientific journals like Cell, Science, Scientific American and websites from the NIH and a nice remembrance and background on his work from Brainfacts.org.

For more background of David Hubel’s work, read his Eye, Brain and Vision book or check out the David Hubel Papers.

There will be a memorial to recognize the life of David Hubel, in all its dimensions, open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please join us at 2 pm, November 16 in the Memorial Church at Harvard University.  More details here.

 

Image courtesy: Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gregory Hageman Delivers Congressional Briefing

The Moran Eye Center‘s Dr. Gregory Hageman delivered a Congressional Briefing on September 20th along with the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and partners AMD Alliance International, Alliance for Aging Research, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), European Vision Institute and Lighthouse International.  Dr. Hageman spoke as part of a Congressional briefing as part of International Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2012.

Dr. Gregory Hageman, Executive Director of the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah related in his address that AMD consists of multiple biological diseases.  Dr. Hageman continued by expressing that a convergence of clinical, biological and genetic data has led to a stronger understanding of the disease and new hope for the development of diagnostics and therapeutic interventions currently underway.

More details of the briefing are available on the NAEVR website here.

Heading To ARVO 2012

We are on our way to ARVO, 2012!  ARVO is an  annual meeting of researchers and clinicians who’s focus is on the visual system.

As happened last year, over the next few days, you will see some of our research abstracts appear on Webvision as the presentations are completed at ARVO.  We hope that it will provide an insight into some of the work that goes on here at the Moran Eye Center as well as our commitment to understand the basic science of vision and cure blinding diseases.

If you are going to be at ARVO and want to meet up, leave us a comment here or send a Tweet to @BWJones.  We might even be able to work you into the Moran social on Monday the 7th…

Look forward to seeing you there.

 

Image credit:  Bryan William Jones, Ph.D.

Seminar: Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D. “Sublytic Complement Activation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration”

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 4:00 – 5:00pm, Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D. will be delivering a talk on “Sublytic Compliment Activation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration” at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics auditorium on the University of Utah campus.

Refreshments will be provided after the seminar for socialization.

Faculty Host: Bryan William Jones, Ph.D.

Questions?  Leave a comment/question here or contact Tracy Marble at 801 581-4820.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you from all of us at Webvision.  This image, a Christmas wreath created by Robert E. Marc is composed of 104 rod bipolar cell axonal fields from the world’s first complete connectome with synaptic level resolution.  Each bipolar cell in this field has been annotated from ultrastructural data revealing its extent and connectivities to other cell classes.  The rod bipolar cells have been rendered out in 3D and is viewed from the top, or photoreceptor side, looking down towards the ganglion cell layer.