Iris Changes Complicate Biometric Scans

This is an interesting news article in Nature that describes alterations in the iris in individuals over time.  We’ve always been told that irises do not change as we age, but that simply did not make sense to a number of people I’ve spoken with in the past.  Certainly there were questions of trauma and other changes, but aging itself certainly could have induced changes in the iris. Continue reading “Iris Changes Complicate Biometric Scans”

The Chi-Bin Chien Award

The Chi-Bin Chien Award has been established by the zebrafish research community and Genetics Society of America in memory of Dr. Chi-Bin Chien (1965–2011). Chi-Bin was Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah and served the international zebrafish community in numerous ways, including as Director of the Zebrafish Neural Development and Genetics Course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and organizer of the International Conference on Zebrafish Genetics and DevelopmentContinue reading “The Chi-Bin Chien Award”

Foundation Fighting Blindness Has A New Blog, Eye On the Cure

It looks like Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has a new blog, Eye On the Cure with posts from Dr. Stephen Rose, Foundation Fighting Blindess’s chief research officer.  Steve will post perspectives on retinal research and other related news as well as posts from the road as he travels on research trips as well as covering vision related meetings like our upcoming ARVO and the RD meetings in Germany which should be interesting to follow.  I’ve added the blog to my RSS feed and look forward to seeing what Steve has to say. Continue reading “Foundation Fighting Blindness Has A New Blog, Eye On the Cure”

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.



Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D. Stanley H. and Theodora L. Feldberg Chair in Ophthalmology

We here at Webvision are deliriously happy to report that our good friend and colleague, Bärbel Rohrer was just appointed the Stanley H. and Theodora L. Feldberg Chair in Ophthalmology at Medical University of South Carolina.  Many congratulations to her and we’ll look forward to congratulating her in person when she comes to visit us to deliver a talk in March.

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Retinal Fundus Images, Ground Truth of Vascular Bifurcations and Crossovers

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.


Webvision Voted First Place in Best Websites 2011 in Vision Research and Ophthalmology


Webvision has just been voted First Place in the TOP 10 Websites in Vision Research and Ophthalmology.  Second place went to the Atlas of Ophthalmology, Third to the National Eye Institute, Fourth to European Vision Institute, Fifth to the Institut de la Vision, Sixth to Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada, Seventh to The Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Eighth went to Association for Innovation and Biomedical Research on Light and Image, Portugal (AIBILI), Ninth went to the International Council of Ophthalmology and Tenth Place went to RETNET.

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