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Vision Science Seminar


Vision Seminar


Talks are typically alternate Mondays, 12:15-1:15 pm, in Barchi Library (140 John Morgan Building), but see below for occasional exceptions.

Students (and postdocs): We encourage you to have lunch with a speaker or two during the year. Please contact the speaker's host (in advance, if possible).

Fall 2011

September 19:
Gautam Awatramani
Parallel Mechanisms Encode Directional Selectivity in the Retina
Dalhousie University
Host: Robert Smith


October 3:
John Flannery

Optogenetic Approaches for Vision Restoration
University of California
Host: William Beltran


October 17:
Wilson Geisler
Detection and Fixation Search in Naturalistic and Natural Images

University of Texas at Austin
Host: Diego Contreras


October 31:
Nick Marsh-Armstrong

Phagocytic Astrocytes and Glaucoma

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Host: Claire Mitchell


November 21:
Marlene Cohen
When attention wanders: how uncontrolled fluctuations in attention affect performance
University of Pittsburgh
Host: Nicole Rust


December 5:
Joseph Carroll

High-Resolution Imaging of the Human Retina: Development and Disruption
Medical College of Wisconsin
Host: Artur Cideciyan


December 19:
Joan O’Brien

Genetics of Ocular Tumors

University of Pennsylvania
Host: Jean Bennett



Spring 2012


January 9:
Anand Swaroop
A tale of tiny cilium: CEP290, primary cilia dysfunction and retinal degeneration

National Eye Institute
Host: Gus Aguirre


January 23:
Alexander Borst

In Search of the Holy Grail of Fly Motion Vision

Max Planck Institute
Host: Joshua Gold


Febuary 6:
Barchi Library 12:15 - 1:15
Penn Vision Research Center Faculty Meeting

Overview of VRC Facilities and Discussion of Ways to Enhance Vision Research on Campus

University of Pennsylvania
Host: David Brainard


February 20:
Neal Peachey
Congenital Stationary Night Blindness: New Genes, Mouse Models and Clinical Implications

Cleveland Clinic
Host: Daniel Chung


March 12:
Wei Li
A tale of two seasons: synapses and circuits in the ground squirrel retina
National Institutes of Health
Host: Noga Vardi


March 26:
Nicolas Bazan
Decoding principles to sustain hippocampal neurons and photoreceptor survival:significance of essential fatty acids
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Host: Kathleen Boesze-Battaglia


April 16:
Jose-Manuel Alonso
Neural representations of darks and lights in visual cortex

SUNY College of Optometry
Host: Larry Palmer


April 30:
Stephen Lisberger

How does the brain get its notion of motion

Duke University
Host: Alan Stocker


May 21:
Tonia Rex
Erythropoietin gene therapy protects retinal ganglion cells in two mouse models
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Host: Jean Bennett


Past Seminars:

2010 2011 Vision Seminar Schedule

2009 2010 Vision Seminar Schedule

2008 2009 Vision Seminar Schedule

2007 2008 Vision Seminar Schedule

For scheduling and other information please contact Noga Vardi (email or phone 215-898-4520)

The Vision Seminar is supported by the National Eye Institute through its Vision Training Grant to U. Penn.