Vision Seminar Archive

Spring 2021

January 25
Patricia D’Amore
Masschusetts Eye and Ear
“A Novel Role for the Endothelial Glycocalyx in Angiogenesis”
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February 8
Thomas Reh
Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
University of Washington
“Repurposing glia to make neurons: it’s not too late to change their fate”
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February 22
VRC Modules
Presenters:
David Brainard, Director, Vision Research Center
Geoffrey Aguirre, Scientific Transparency and Image Analysis Module Co-Director
James Gee, Scientific Transparency and Image Analysis Module Co-Director
Claire Mitchell, Imaging and Electrophysiology Module Director
William Beltran, Instrumentation/Electronics Module Director
Gui-Shuang Ying, Biostatistics Module Director
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Passcode: yQ9m2x.V

 

March 15
Ruben Coen Cagli
Laboratory for Computational Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“Probabilistic computation in natural vision”
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March 29
Martin Banks
School of Optometry
UC Berkeley
“Binocular Vision and Oculomotor Behavior are Adapted
to the Statistics of the Natural Environment”
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April 12
Steven Shevell
Psychology, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Institute for Mind and Biology
University of Chicago
“The Neural Representation of Perceived Color”
This talk will not be available after the live broadcast.

 

April 26
Holly Bridge
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Oxford University
“Investigating the pathways underlying residual vision in hemianopia”
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Spring 2020

CANCELLED – February 10
Nikolaus Kriegeskorte
Columbia University

 

*Friday, February 21*
Paul MacNeilage
Institute for Neuroscience
University of Nevada, Reno
Perception of visual-vestibular conflict and characterization of natural head-eye movements

 

February 24
Wilson Geisler
Center for Perceptual Systems
University of Texas at Austin
Identification of Targets in Natural Scenes

 

CANCELLED – March 9
Ayelet Landau
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rhythmic sampling: the structure of our perceptions

 

CANCELLED – March 16
Ruben Coen Cagli
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Probabilistic computation in natural vision

 

CANCELLED – March 30
Steven Shevell
University of Chicago

 

CANCELLED – April 13
Patricia D’Amore
Masschusetts Eye and Ear

 

CANCELLED – April 20
Martin Banks
UC Berkeley

 

CANCELLED – April 27
Thomas Reh
University of Washington

 

Fall 2019

Monday, September 23
Daniel Kerschensteiner
Washington University in St. Louis
Retinal circuits for action

 

Monday, October 7
Qasim Zaidi
SUNY College of Optometry
Cortical and Mental Geometry in Pattern and Scene Perception

 

Monday, November 11
Douglas Vollrath
Stanford University
Genetics of RPE Gene Expression and Metabolism

 

Monday, November 18
Alexander Dizhoor
Salus University
Retinal degeneration-3 (RD3) protein in photoreceptor function and disease

 

Monday, December 9
Pierre-Olivier Polack
Rutgers University – Newark
Adapting V1 visual processing to the behavioral needs

 

Spring 2019

Monday, January 28
Bevil Conway
NIH – NEI Unit on Sensation, Cognition, Action
Color: a tool to understand the organization and operation of the ventral visual pathway

 

Monday, February 11
Jude Mitchell
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Neural mechanisms of pre-saccadic attention in the marmoset monkey

 

Monday, February 25
Dora Angelaki
Center for Neural Science, NYU
Brain dynamics in a firefly catching task

 

Monday, March 11
Christopher Westlake
NIH – Center for Cancer Research Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling
Exposing primary cilium assembly mechanisms

 

Monday, March 25
Lindsey Glickfeld
Department of Neurobiology, Duke University
Neural correlates of perception in the mouse visual system

 

Monday, April 22
Sylvia Pont
Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
Lighting materials and materializing light

 

Monday, May 6
Gautam Awatramani
Department of Biology, University of Victoria
Coarse and fine spatiotemporal coordination of excitation and inhibition underlying high-fidelity direction coding in the retina

 

Fall 2018

 

Monday, September 24
Neena Haider
Department of Ophthalmology, Schepens Eye Institute, Masschusetts Eye and Ear
Gene Identification to Gene Therapy: Development of the First Broad Spectrum Therapy for Inherited Retinal Diseases


Monday, October 8

Bas Rokers
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Motion Perception in Three Dimensions

 

Monday. October 22
Ilya Monosov
Department of Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis
Why Would You Want to Know? Basal Ganglia Networks for Uncertainty Reduction

 

Monday, November 5
Ralf Haefner
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester
Perceptual Decision-making as Hierarchical Probabilistic Inference: From Neural Correlations to Confirmation Bias

 

Monday, November 19
Erin Goddard
Department of Ophthalmology, CCD – ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Spatial and Feature-selective Attention Have Distinct Effects on Population-level Tuning

 

Monday, December 3
Alex Wade
Department of Psychology, University of York
Fly Vision and Its Application to Neurological Disease

 

Spring 2018

 

Monday, January 29
Salil Lachke
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware
Integrated Approach to Decipher Regulatory Networks in Eye Development and Disease

 

Monday, February 12
Aparna Lakkaraju
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Live-cell Imaging Reveals Novel Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets for Macular Degenerations

 

Monday, February 26
Wei Wei
Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Flexible yet Robust: Dynamic Neural Mechanisms Underlying Direction Selectivity in the Mammalian Retina

 

Monday, March 12
Christopher Rozell
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Efficient Coding Theories for Neural Systems under Biophysical Constraints

 

Monday, April 9
W. Rowland Taylor
Vision Science and Optometry, University of California – Berkeley
The Role of Inhibition in Regulating Temporal Tuning in the Retina

 

Thursday, April 19
Bertrand Mollereau
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Expression of Fatty Acid Transport Protein in Retinal Pigment Cells Promotes Lipid Droplet Expansion and Photoreceptor Homeostasis

 

Monday, April 23
Frank Durgin
Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience, Swarthmore College

 

Fall 2017

 

Monday, September 11
Hemant Khanna
Departments of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts
Molecular Mechanisms and Treatment Strategies for Retinal Ciliopathies

 

Monday, September 25
Andrew Huberman
Departments of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology, Stanford University
Linking Emotion, Perception and Behavioral Decision Making in the Visual System

 

Monday, October 16
Michael Berry
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
Predictive Coding of Novel versus Familiar Stimuli in the Primary Visual Cortex

 

Monday. October 30
Christine Curcio
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Histologically Validated Clinical Visualization of the Neurodegeneration and Gliosis of Age-related Macular Degeneration

 

Monday, November 27
James Elder
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Psychology University of York
Perceptual Organization of Shape

 

Monday, December 11
Michael Higley
Department of Neurobiology, Yale University
Cortical Circuits Underlying Visual Perception

 

Spring 2017

 

Monday, January 23
Stylianos Michalakis
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Gene therapies for Inherited Retinal Degenerations

 

Monday, February 6
Andrew Watson

Apple Inc.
The Magical Number -6: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Classifying Visual Patterns

 

Monday, March 20
Farran Briggs

Dartmouth College
Exploring Vision and Attention at the Level of Neuronal Circuits

 

Monday, April 17
Stephanie Palmer

University of Chicago
Understanding Vision Through the Lens of Prediction

 

Monday, May 1
Andrew Huberman

University of California, San Diego
From Fear to Courage: Neural Circuits That Attach Emotional State to Visual Perception

 

Fall 2016

 

Monday, August 15
Gerald Chader
(This talk will be held in Room 132 Hill Pavilion, 380 S. University Avenue.)
Bioelectronic Research Lab, University of Southern California
The Retinal Prosthesis: Renewed Sight Through Artificial Vision

 

Friday, September 2
William Tsang
Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal
Regulation of Centrosome Homeostasis

 

Monday, September 12
Michele Basso
University of California, Los Angeles
Impaired Decision-Making in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

 

Monday, September 26
Donald Miller
Indiana University
Imaging Structure and Function of RPE Cells

 

Monday, October 10
Jonathan Winawer
New York University
Neuronal Synchrony and the Relation Between the BOLD Response and the Local Field Potential

 

Monday. October 24
Dario Ringach
University of California, Los Angeles
Spatial Clustering of Tuning in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex

 

Thursday, November 10
Michael Hoffmann
University of Magdeburg
Consequences of Optic Chiasm Malformations on the Organization of the Human Visual System

 

Monday, November 21
Noga Vardi
Lab for Retinal Microcircuitry, University of Pennsylvania
The First Synaptic Complex in Vision: Function and Tricks

 

Monday, December 5
Robert Lucas

University of Manchester
How Melanopsin Helps Us See

 

Spring 2016

 

February 29
Valeria Canto-Soler

Johns Hopkins University

 

 

March 28
Barb Roher
Medical University of South Carolina

 

Fall 2015

 

October 26
Bart Borghuis
University of Louisville

 

December 7
Peyman Golshani

University of California Los Angeles

 

Spring 2015

 

February 2
Barb Roher

Medical University of South Carolina

 

February 23
Tony Movshon

New York University

 

March 2
Carl Orlson
University of Pittsburgh

 

March 16
Hui Sun
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

 

March 30
Jim Handa

Johns Hopkins University

 

April 13
Vadim Arshavsky

Duke University

 

April 20
Austin Roorda

University of California, Berkeley

 

May 11
Dan Butts
University of Maryland

 

June 22
Ken Shindler
University of Pennsylvania

 

Fall 2014

 

September 15
Peter Sterling
University of Pennsylvania

 

October 6
Jonathan Victor
Cornell University

 

October 13:
Paul Martin
University of Sydney

 

October 27
Doug Fields
National Institutes of Health

 

November 3
Tomas Aleman

University of Pennsylvania

 

December 5
David S Williams

Jules Stein Eye Institute

 

December 8
Ben Backus

SUNY College of Optometry

 

December 15
Dawei Dong

University of Pennsylvania

 

Spring 2014

 

January 13
James Fadool
Photoreceptor Patterning in Development and Disease

Florida State University

 

February 3
Jonathan Horton

Binocular Function in Strabismus

University of California, San Francisco

 

February 17
Brian Chow

Optogenetic Tools for Controlling Biological Circuits

University of Pennsylvania

 

March 3
Austin Roorda
Testing Vision, One Cone at a Time

University of California, Berkeley

 

March 17
Benjamin Kim
Adaptive Optics Imaging of Central Serous Retinopathy

University of Pennsylvania

 

March 31
Hendrikje Nienborg
Using Neuron-behavior Correlations to Infer How Visual Neurons Inform Perceptual Decisions
University of Tübingen

 

April 7
Michele Rucci

How Active Is Visual Perception?

Boston University

 

April 28
Daeyeol Lee

Neural Basis of Strategic Decision Making

Yale University

 

May 12
Budd Tucker

Using Patient Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Interrogate and Treat Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease

University of Iowa

 

Fall 2013

 

September 30
William Guido
Circuit Development in the Mouse Visual Thalamus
University of Louisville

 

October 7
Douglas Fields
Plasticity Beyond the Neuron Doctrine: Action Potentials in Regulating Myelination and Synaptic Strength

National Institutes of Health

 

October 21
Theodore Wensel
New Approaches to Phototransduction and Retinal Degeneration

Baylor College of Medicine

 

November 4
Michael Freed

Retinal Ganglion Cells and Their Synaptic Inputs: a Neural Circuit Designed to Mitigate Noise

University of Pennsylvania

 

December 2
Christopher Passaglia

Computational Homologies of a Vertebrate and Invertebrate Eye

University of South Florida

 

December 16
Bijan Pesaran

A Role for Coherent Activity in Coordinating Look and Reach Movements

New York University

 

Spring 2013

 

January 7
Konstantin Petrukhin
Fighting Macular Degeneration: From Gene Discoveries to Drug Development

Columbia University
Host: Gus Aguirre

 

January 28
Yang Dan

Visual Cortical Processing: Clones, Interneurons, and Cholinergic Modulation

University of California, Berkeley

 

February 11
Bosco Tjan

Measuring the Relationship between the fMRI BOLD Response and Neuronal Activity from a Subject without the Optic Chiasm

University of Southern California

 

February 25
Anuradha Dhingra
G-proteins in Retina: Role in Signaling Cascades and Beyond
University of Pennsylvania

 

March 11
David Gamm
Modeling Retinal Development and Disease with Human iPS Cells

University of Wisconsin

 

April 1
Heidi Hofer

Visual Perception and the Retinal Mosaic

University of Houston

 

April 15
Joshua Singer

Synaptic Dynamics Determine Retinal Circuit Function

University of Maryland

 

April 29
Alessandra Angelucci
Circuits for Contextual Integration in Primary Visual Cortex
University of Utah

 

May 20
David Freedman

Neuronal Mechanisms of Visual Categorization and Decision Making
University of Chicago

 

Fall 2012

 

September 10
Diego Contreras
The Structure of Neuronal Correlations in Mouse V1 and the Role of Layer 6 Studied With Optogenetic Methods
University of Pennsylvania

 

September 24
Emilio Salinas
From Guessing to Knowing: Neural Correlates of Random and Informed Decisions During Rapid Choices
Wake Forest University

 

October 8
Gregory Horwitz

Exploring Primary Visual Cortex with Closed-Loop and Optogenetic Methods
University of Washington

 

October 22
Tudor Badea
Molecular Genetics of Retinal Ganglion Cell Diversification

National Institutes of Health

 

November 5
Hendrik Scholl

Age-related Macular Degeneration: A Genetic, Immunologic and Systemic Disease

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

 

November 19
Kirill Martemyanov
G Protein Mediated Synaptic Transmission of Visual Signals in the Retina
The Scripps Research Institute, Florida

 

December 3
Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan

Photoreceptors and Retinal Pigment Epithelium: Partners in Normal Vision and Retinal Disease

Weill Cornell Medical College

 

December 17
Jessica Morgan

Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy and its Application for High Resolution Study of Choroideremia

University of Pennsylvania

 

Spring 2012

 

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

National Eye Institute

 

January 23
Alexander Borst

In Search of the Holy Grail of Fly Motion Vision

Max Planck Institute

 

February 6
Penn Vision Research Center Faculty Meeting
Overview of VRC Facilities and Discussion of Ways to Enhance Vision Research on Campus

University of Pennsylvania

 

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

Cleveland Clinic

 

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

 

March 26
Nicolas Bazan
Decoding principles to sustain hippocampal neurons and photoreceptor survival: Significance of essential fatty acids
Louisiana State University School of Medicine

 

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

SUNY College of Optometry

 

April 30
Stephen Lisberger

How does the brain get its notion of motion

Duke University

 

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

 

Fall 2011

 

September 19
Gautam Awatramani
Parallel Mechanisms Encode Directional Selectivity in the Retina
Dalhousie University

 

October 3
John Flannery

Optogenetic Approaches for Vision Restoration
University of California

 

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

University of Texas at Austin

 

October 31
Nick Marsh-Armstrong

Phagocytic Astrocytes and Glaucoma

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

 

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

 

December 19
Joan O’Brien

Genetics of Ocular Tumors

University of Pennsylvania

 

Spring 2011

 

January 10
Barry Knox
Mechanisms of Retinal Degeneration: Lessons from Live Cell Imaging
Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY

 

January 31
Maarten Kamermans
Unconventional inhibition in the outer
retina — mechanism and function

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

February 14
Sara Aton
Mechanisms for sleep-dependent plasticity in the cortex following visual experience
University of Pennsylvania

 

February 28
Ronen Segev
Information encoding of movement and color by the retina
Ben Gurion University of the Negev

 

March 14
Robert Burgess
The role of Dscams in dendrite arborization, cell body spacing, and synaptic specificity in the developing mouse retina

Jackson Laboratories

 

March 28
Jonathan Winawer
Visual field maps and population
receptive fields in human visual cortex

Stanford University

 

April 11
King-Wai Yau
Light Detection in the Retina

Johns Hopkins University

 

April 25
William Beltran
The use of canine models to develop gene therapy for RPGR X-linked retinitis pigmentosa: joys and hurdles
University of Pennsylvania

 

Fall 2010

 

September 13
Diego Contreras
Tonic and Burst Firing in LGN Neurons

University of Pennsylvania

 

September 27
Vijay Balasubramanian
Efficient coding and the perception of texture
University of Pennsylvania

 

October 11
Sansar C. Sharma

Glaucoma: Models and Mechanisms
NY Medical College, Valhalla

 

November 1
Adam Kohn
Feedforward corticocortical networks

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

 

November 22
Anitha Pasupathy
Shape processing under partial occlusion in V4: insight into
representation and segmentation

University of Washington

 

December 13
Dora Angelaki
Getting a sense of direction: Combination of sensory cues improves spatial perception
Washington University of St. Louis

 

Spring 2010

 

January 11
Vadim Arshavsky

G protein signaling in photoreceptors
Duke Eye Center

 

January 25
Alan Stocker
Characterization and Validation of Bayesian Observer Models

University of Pennsylvania

 

February 8
Joe Hollyfield
Identification of an inflammatory signal generated by oxidative damage to membrane lipids that is sufficient to cause AMD-like lesions in mice

 

February 22
Visual texture: Discrimination, pattern identification and
cortical coding

New York University

 

March 15
Anitha Pasupathy
Representing shapes in V4, two objects at a time

University of Washington

 

April 5
David Brainard

Bayes, Color, and the Cone Mosaic

University of Pennsylvania

 

April 19
Claire Mitchell

Pressure, Pannexins and Purines Produce Problems in Retinal Ganglion Cells

University of Pennsylvania

 

April 26
Marc Sommer

Circuits for spatial perception in the primate brain

University of Pittsburgh

 

Fall 2009

 

September 14
Nicole Rust
Concurrent increases in selectivity and invariance
produce constant sparseness across the ventral visual pathway

University of Pennsylvania

 

October 5
Steve Fliesler
State University of New York at Buffalo
Retinal Degeneration in a Cholesterol Deficiency Syndrome: What We’ve Learned from Animal Studies.

 

October 26
Dawei Dong
Florida Atlantic University/Visiting Professor University of Pennsylvania
Confucius said: Watching the past for seeing the future — the efficient coding of natural images

 

November 9
Andrew Stockman
University College London
Human scotopic (rod) sensitivity regulation

 

November 23
Okihide Hikosaka

Subcortical mechanisms of motivational behavior – Beyond dopamine neurons
National Eye Institute

 

December 7
Alyosha Molnar

How Retinas are like Radios: robust signaling in the retina despite distortion and variation
Cornell University

 

Spring 2009

 

January 5
Kathy Boesze-Battaglia
Melanoregulin a Newly Identified Modulator of Lysosome Function in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
University of Pennsylvania

 

January 26
Long Ding
The cortico-basal ganglia pathway and perceptual decision-making
University of Pennsylvania

 

February 9
Eileen Kowler
Attention during the planning of sequences of saccades
Rutgers University

 

February 23
Z. Jimmy Zhou
Role of ACh and GABA co-release in the detection of motion and motion direction
Yale University

 

March 9
Gustavo Aguirre
Shining a light on blindness, but blinded by the light
University of Pennsylvania

 

March 23
Gerald Chader

Artificial Vision: Sight Restoration through an Electronic Retinal Prosthetic Device
Doheny Eye Institute

 

April 20
Michael Freed
Signal and noise at the synaptic input to retinal ganglion cells
University of Pennsylvania

 

May 11
Herwig Baier
Genetic Architecture of the Zebrafish Visual System
University of California, San Francisco

 

Fall 2008

 

September 22
Naoum Issa
The role of the early visual system in processing complex images
University of Chicago

 

October 6
Bruce Cumming
Where do correlations between neuronal activity and sensory decisions originate?
National Eye Institute

 

October 20
Anya Hurlbert
Colour constancy and colour memory of natural objects
University of Newcastle upon Tyne

 

November 3
Geoff Aguirre
Conjoint and independent neural tuning for object properties studied with fMRI
University of Pennsylvania

 

November 10
Botond Roska
Seeing with and without photoreceptors
Friedrich Miescher Institute

 

December 8
Sean MacEvoy
The representation of multiple simultaneous stimuli in the visual cortex
University of Pennsylvania

 

Spring 2008

 

January 7
Jeffery Diamond
National Institutes of Health
Diverse mechanisms underlie feedback inhibition in the inner retina

 

January 28
John Robson
University of Houston
Seeing in the dark

 

February 11
Eric Pierce
University of Pennsylvania
Novel cilia proteins from the mouse photoreceptor sensory cilia proteome

 

March 10
Marcos Frank
University of Pennsylvania
Remodeling the visual cortex: complementary roles of experience and sleep
Host: Larry Palmer

 

March 24
Susana Martinez-Conde
Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix
Perceptual and physiological effects of fixational eye movements

 

April 7
Janet Sparrow
Columbia University
Shedding Light on Bisretinoid Pigments of RPE lipofuscin and Macular Degeneration

 

April 21
Josh Gold
University of Pennsylvania
Sensory, sensory-motor and motor correlates of perceptual learning

 

May 5
Eyal Seidmann
University of Texas at Austin
Optimal decoding of neural population responses in the primate visual cortex

 

May 19
David Fitzpatrick
Duke University
Imaging experience-dependent emergence of functional circuits in visual cortex

 

Fall 2007

September 17
Don Fox

University of Houston
Differential Susceptibility and Rescue Of Rod Photoreceptor Synaptic and Non-Synaptic Mitochondria to Divalent Cation Overload

 

October 15
Bart Borghuis

University of Pennsylvania
Efficiency of an analog neural circuit

 

October 29
David Berson
Brown University
Ganglion-cell photoreceptors – A bit of fly in the mammalian eye

 

November 19
Jessica Cardin
University of Pennsylvania
Impact of Network Dynamics on Cortical Visual Responses

 

December 10
Austin Roorda
UC Berkeley
Structure and Function of the Human Retina Revealed with Adaptive Optics

 

 

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