Happy Holidays, 2014 From Webvision


We at Webvision would like to wish you the very best this holiday season.  As in past years, we like to post an image from retinal science that is somehow evocative of the Holiday Season and this year, Gabe Luna from the Steve Fisher / Geoff Lewis laboratory delivers a stunning image of astrocytes in a retinal flat mount, but with a twist… We think you’ll be seeing more of Gabe’s beautiful imagery, but for now, here is his description of how he made this image:

“I used a GFAP-GFP mouse to identify all the astrocytes in the retina and manually (at the time it was manual) annotate their coordinates, then we used a probabilistic random-walk algorithm to go to each “cell center” and perform a segmentation result of that one astrocyte.  Once all the 5,000 or so cells are segmented as a greyscale image of the individual cell, then they are assigned various hues that are spectrally distinct and the montage is re-assembled into one large image.  The image there is a grossly down-sized image of the original.  The original was a seamless mosaic of 412 individual z-stacks of about 15 planes at 1 micron intervals, using a 40x oil immersion lens.”

Artist Sargy Mann, Blind For Last 25 Yrs

The artist Sargy Mann has painted most of his life, but in his mid-30s, progressive development of cataracts followed by retinal detachments and corneal perforations brought complete blindness.  However, Sargy Mann continued to paint, developing an amazing collection of work that has encompassed landscapes, still life work and his latest work, standing figures.  The BBC has done a wonderful interview with Sargy linked above.


There is also a longer mini-documentary by Peter Mann that documents the process of how Sargy Mann produces a painting that is well worth your time.

Moran Eye Center Sets Up Eye Camp In Guatemala

The Moran Eye Center travels globally as one of their missions for International Outreach and provides eye care in remote places around the world that are medically underserved from an ophthalmology perspective.

This is a short video showing the Moran Eye Center setting up an eyecamp in Salma, Guatemala on Dec. 9th. This includes moving furniture at the detination, cleaning, and setting up surgical equipment, operating tables, microscopes, and other allied equipment. This effort involves months of planning and ultimately the goal is to improve or restore vision in over 250 patients who travel from all over Guatemala to receive free care.

Research Funding From Private Institutions/Foundations

Andrew Jackson

We’ve talked about the research funding crisis before here on Webvision with linked editorials, and discussions of the 2015 funding environment. Increasingly, private foundations are becoming more critical to the survival of laboratories given the dramatic reduction in federal funding of research.  Typically, these kinds of funding resources are not enough to completely run a lab, but they help smooth out the bumps, keeping scientists in the game.

We have compiled for you a list of non-federal vision research funding resources for you to explore.  I wish my colleagues good luck and good science.


Non-Federal Research Funding Resources


Sponsor                                                             Website

Alcon http://www.alcon.com/en/docs/Alcon_Foundation_Guidelines.pdf
Allergan allerganhorizongrants.com
Alliance for Vision Research http://www.eyeresearch.org/
American Federation for Medical Research www.afmr.org
American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org
American Federation for Aging Research www.afar.org/grants.html
American Health Assistance Foundation www.ahaf.org
American Medical Assn. Fdn. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/3119.html
American Physiological Society www.the-aps.org
Boehringer Ingelheim www.boehringer-ingelheim.com
Brookdale Foundation www.brookdalefoundation.org
Dana Foundation www.dana.org
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation http://www.dwreynolds.org/
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation www.ddcf.aibs.org
Dreyfus Foundation www.dreyfus.org
Ellison Foundation www.ellisonfoundation.org
Eye Bank Association of America www.restoresight.org
Fight for Sight www.fightforsight.com
Foresight Ventures http://www.ipo.com/venture/default.asp?p=IPO
Glaucoma Foundation www.glaucoma-foundation.org
Glaucoma Research Foundation Shaffer Fund http://www.glaucoma.org/research/grf_pilot_proje.html
Glaucoma Research Foundation www.glaucoma.org
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation www.heed.org
Helen Hay Whitney www.hhwf.org
Hope for Vision hopeforvision.org
Human Frontier Science Program www.hfsp.org
International Retina Research Foundation (IRRF) www.irrfonline.org
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International www.jdf.org
Knights Templar Eye Foundation Knightstemplar.org/ktef
Life Sciences Research Foundation www.lsrf.org
Lions Sight-first Diabetic Retinopathy Foundation www.diabetes.org
MICHR http://www.michr.umich.edu/
Midwest Eye Bank www.mebtc.org/
MOD www.modimes.org
Pew Scholars http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_category.aspx?id=194
Pfeiffer Research Grants http://www.fdncenter.org/grantmaker/pfeiffer
Pharma. Res. and Manufacturers of Amer. Fdn. www.phrmafoundation.org
Prevent Blindness America www.preventblindness.org
Rackham Faculty Grants and Fellowships http://www.rackham.umich.edu/funding/
Research to Prevent Blindness www.rpbusa.org
Retina International www.retina-international.org
Rockefeller Brothers Fund www.rbf.org
Searle Scholars http://www.searlescholars.net/
Sloan Research Fellowships www.sloan.org
Society for Biomolecular Society http://www.sbsonline.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
Thome Memorial Foundation http://www.hria.org/tmfservices/tmfgrants/thome.html
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation www.umdf.org
Whitaker Foundation (Bioengineering) www.whitaker.org
Whitehall Foundation www.whitehall.org/


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Peek Vision, Retinal Exams With Smart Phones

Peek Vision

We talked about using smartphones for ophthalmological examinations before here on Webvision, and we now have a bit more information into the logistics of how the Peek Vision project will be done on this Mashable post with a clip on attachment being developed through funding from an Indiegogo campaign.


There is also a wonderful background video of TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous describing the tools above.

Image from Peek Vision Youtube video.