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  1. 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
  2. Missing optomotor head turning reflex in the DBA/2J mouse

    This paper by Peter Barabas, Wei Huang, Hui Chen, Christopher L. Koehler, Gareth Howell, Simon W.M. John, Ning Tian, René C Rentería and David Križaj is an outcome of an attempt to follow glaucoma progression in the DBA/2J mouse model of a naturally occurring, late onset form of glaucoma.  Ideally, a non-invasive technique should be used and in this case, […]

    Sep 13, 2011 — Read more No Comments
  3. Who’s That? Ning Tian

    This is the first photograph in a new category, “Who’s That?”, a evolving compendium of found imagery from years back of vision scientists.  The idea is that on occasion, one runs across imagery of vision scientists from other times and it makes for a compelling look back at history.  At the 2007 ARVO, Don Fox […]

    Aug 26, 2011 — Read more 1 Comment
  4. An Instructive Role for Patterned Spontaneous Retinal Activity in Mouse Visual Map Development

    This paper by Hongping Xu, Moran Furman, Yann S. Mineur, Hui Chen, Sarah L. King, David Zenisek, Z. Jimmy Zhou, Daniel A. Butts, Ning Tian, Marina R. Picciotto and Michael Crair describes a collaborative effort from several laboratories from Yale University, the University of Maryland and the University of Utah.  Two former postdoctoral fellows from the laboratory […]

    Jul 8, 2011 — Read more No Comments
  5. Developmental mechanisms that regulate retinal ganglion cell dendritic morphology

      This paper by Ning Tian in the Journal of Developmental Neurobiology reviews the developmental mechanisms involved in the formation of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) dendrites.  

    Jul 6, 2011 — Read more No Comments
  6. Effect of General Anesthetics on IOP in Elevated IOP Mouse Model

    Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is the best recognized risk factor for the pathogenesis of glaucoma and the extent of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) degeneration in glaucoma is closely correlated with the extent of IOP elevation.  Therefore, accurately and reliably measuring IOP is critical in investigating the mechanism of pressure-induced RGC damage in glaucoma.  However, IOP […]

    Jul 2, 2011 — Read more No Comments
  7. Light-Evoked Synaptic Activity of Retinal Ganglion and Amacrine Cells is Regulated in Developing Mouse Retina

    This paper by Q. He, Wang P and Ning Tian characterizes the developmental profiles of the light evoked excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs from ON and OFF synaptic pathways in the retina, the light evoked synaptic outputs and the sensitivity of the light evoked synaptic inputs and outputs to light deprivation of retinal ganglion cells […]

    Jun 27, 2011 — Read more 1 Comment
  8. ARVO 2011 Snap Shots

    ARVO 2011 has come and gone.  Its taken me a couple of weeks to get through the post ARVO chaos and get caught up on my own work before posting some of the snapshots, but here they are.  If you’d like to post your snapshots from ARVO here, send me an email ( and we’ll […]

    May 24, 2011 — Read more 3 Comments