Date: 4-5 May 2012
Location: Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
The 14th Vision Research Conference is a two-day satellite meeting prior to ARVO 2012.
The vasculature of the eye can provide amazing insight into systemic cardiovascular health. For those studying the vasculature of the eye as an indicator of pathophysiological states, normative ground truth datasets become critically important. Recently, George Azzopardi and Nicolai Petkov have made their annotated database of ground truth imagery of vascular bifurcations and crossovers in the retina available here.
I’ve watched the development of the circadian rhythm research starting with Joe Takahashi‘s work discovering CLOCK in the mammalian SCN back in 1994. Since then there has been an explosion of circadian rhythm biology work including an I suppose, unsurprising amount of research in the retina proper.
This paper by Anamika Sengupta, Kenkichi Baba, Francesca Mazzoni, Nikita V. Pozdeyev, Enrica Strettoi, P. Michael Iuvone, and Gianluca Tosini describes the localization of type 1 melatonin receptors in the mouse retina that has interesting potential implications for additional circadian mechanisms in the retina.
This paper by Vazquez-Chona FR, Swan A, Ferrell WD, Jiang L, Baehr W, Chien WM, Fero M, Marc RE and Levine EM addresses a long standing issue in the field of neuroscience: is the reactive phenotype of glial cells in and of itself detrimental to neural survival or function?
This paper by Y Lin, BW Jones, A Liu, JF Tucker, K Rapp, L Luo, W Baehr, PS Bernstein, CB Watt, JH Yang, MV Shaw and RE Marc examines the neuronal sprouting or neuritogenesis components of retinal remodeling found in retinal degenerative disease and describes a control process for retinoid X receptors (RXRs) in neuritogenesis. Continue reading “Retinoid Receptors Trigger Neuritogenesis in Retinal Degenerations”
This years Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition features some amazing work including this laser confocal image of a mouse nerve fiber layer on a retinal flatmount at 40X magnification by Gabriel Luna out of the Steve Fisher and Geoff Lewis’s retinal cell biology group at UC Santa Barbara Neuroscience Research Institute.
To see all of the images from this year’s competition, Boston.com’s The Big Picture has all of the stunning array of imagery. Congratulations to Gabe on his efforts and look for more of their fantastic imagery here on Webvision in the near future.
Thanks to The Click for emailing us this link.