Vision Seminar Archive

Spring 2023


January 23
Benjamin Scholl
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania
“Unraveling the synaptic inputs onto neurons in the visual cortex”
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February 6
Catherine Bowes Rickman
George and Geneva Boguslavsky Distinguished Professor of Eye Research
Department of Ophthalmology
Duke University
“Complement based Therapies for Age-related Macular Degeneration”
This seminar was not recorded.


February 20
Christopher Fetsch
Department of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University
“Cortical population activity during concurrent deliberation toward a choice and confidence report”
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March 13
Dirk Trauner
Department of Chemistry, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics
University of Pennsylvania
“Restoring Vision with Photopharmacology”
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March 27
Brian Russ
Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation
The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
“Feature and Temporal Coding During Naturalistic Vision”
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April 10
Elias Issa
Department of Neuroscience
Columbia University
“Geometry based face recognition”
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April 24
Alessandra Angelucci
Mary H. Boesche Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
University of Utah, Moran Eye Institute
“Organization and function of inter-areal feedback connections in early visual processing”
This seminar was not recorded.


Fall 2022


October 10
Yang Hu
Department of Ophthalmology
Stanford University
“Neural Repair of the CNS: Viewing through RGC and Optic Nerve”
Click here for the seminar recording


October 24
Kapil Bharti
Senior Investigator
Ocular and Stem Cell Translational Research Section
“A Phase I/IIA Trial To Test Safety And Feasibility Of An Autologous Ips Cell-derived Retinal Pigment Epithelium Patch In Age-related Macular Degeneration Patients”
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November 7
Marisa Carrasco
Department of Psychology
Center for Neural Science
New York University
“How Attention Shapes Perception”
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November 21
Daniel Saban
Department of Ophthomology
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
“Microglia as Modifiers of Age-related Macular Degeneration”
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December 5
T. Rowan Candy
Department of Optometry
Indiana University
“How well do infants and young children control their own visual experience? Basic Science and Clinic”
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December 12
Toco Chui
Adaptive Optics Lab
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
Mount Sinai
“Retinal microvascular imaging in sickle cell disease”
This seminar was not recorded.


Spring 2022

January 31
Jesse Schallek
Department of Ophthalmology
Center for Visual Science
Department of Neuroscience
University of Rochester
“New Views in the Eye: Imaging Single Blood Cell Behavior in the Living Retina”
Click here for the seminar recording


February 14
Town Hall on Vision Research Training at Penn
Presenters: Diego Contreras, Joshua Dunaief
Click here for the session recording


February 28
Lynne Kiorpes
Departments of Neural Science & Psychology
“Neural mechanisms supporting the development of form vision in primates”


March 14
Martina Poletti
Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester
“Vision across the foveola: Attention, eye movements and high acuity”
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March 28
Ari Rosenberg
Department of Neuroscience
University of Wisconsin – Madison
“Shared neural circuitry supporting object vision and visuomotor function”
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April 11
David Williams
William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics
Director, Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester
“Seeing through the primate retinal ganglion cell mosaic”
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April 25
Kevin Weiner
Department of Psychology
University of California – Berkeley
“Tertiary sulci, transcriptomics, and functional gradients in human cortex”


Fall 2021


October 11
Drew Jaegle
“Towards General-Purpose Architectures: Perceiver & Perceiver IO”
Click here for the seminar recording


November 8
Xin Duan
Department of Ophthalmology
“Trans-Seq: Translating Transcriptomics to Connectomics at Retinotectal Synapse”
This seminar was not recorded.


November 22
Jonathan Demb
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Yale School of Medicine
“Optogenetic studies of interneuron circuits in the retina”
This seminar  was not recorded.


December 6
Laurie Bayet
Department of Neuroscience
American University
“Learning from babies: How infants understand the visual and affective world”
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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”
Click here for the seminar recording


February 22
VRC Modules
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
Click here for the seminar recording
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”
Click here for the seminar recording


April 12
Steven Shevell
Psychology, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Institute for Mind and Biology
University of Chicago
“The Neural Representation of Perceived Color”
This talk was not recorded.


April 26
Holly Bridge
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Oxford University
“Investigating the pathways underlying residual vision in hemianopia”
Click here for the seminar recording


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


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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