• Apr52018

    Joan and Gordon Bergy Lecture: Rod Photoreceptor Function Following Bright, Bleaching Light Exposure

    Alapakkam Sampath, PhD
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Jules Stein Eye Institute

    Time: 10am, Thursday
    April 5, 2018

    Location: Orin Smith Auditorium

    To schedule an appointment please email Dr. Maureen Neitz.

    Dr. Sampath is an internationally known visual neuroscientist and a leader in the study of cellular and circuit level visual processing. His work focuses on signal transmission between photoreceptor cells, the rods...

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  • Apr32018

    Seattle Scientists Have Invented Glasses That Might Stop Surging Cases of Nearsightedness in Children

    This article appears in print in the April 2018 issue, as part of the Top Doctors cover story. ...

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  • Mar272018

    Laser Surgery for Glaucoma

    Susan Gregg thought she was too young to worry about glaucoma, but that proved not to be the case. When eyedrops failed to control her condition, she opted for laser surgery by Dr. Philip Chen at Harborview Medical Center. See the video here.

    *Article taken from UW Medicine's The Huddle.

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  • Mar152018

    Joan and Gordon Bergy Lecture: Calcium homeostasis in mammalian photoreceptors

    Vladimir Kefalov, PhD
    Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Time: TBD, Thursday
    March 15, 2018

    Location: TBD

    To schedule an appointment please email Dr. Maureen Neitz.

    Dr. Kefalov studies photoreceptor neurobiology and retinal degeneration. He is interested in the mechanisms of light and dark adaptation, and in pharmacological treatments for retinal degeneration.  He...

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  • Jan42018

    Sidney Futterman Memorial Lecture in Vision Science: Nanoscale imaging of rods and retinal ciliopathies

    Theodore Wensel, PhDRobert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyBaylor College of Medicine

    January 4, 2018, Time and Location: SLU D Brotman Auditorium

    Dr. Wensel’s lab studies transducin interactions with membranes. This work is focused on understanding the structural and mechanistic bases of two key steps: activation of the heterotrimeric G protein, transducin, by photoactivated rhodopsin (R*), through accelerated...

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  • Dec142017

    Joan and Gordon Bergy Lecture: Dopamine, Circadian Clocks, and Visual Function & Dysfunction

    P. Michael Iuvone, PhD
    Sylvia Montag and Frank W. Ferst Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Research
    Emory University

    Time: 1-2 pm, Thursday
    December 14, 2017

    Location: SLU C Orin Smith Auditorium

    To schedule an appointment please email Dr. Maureen Neitz.

    Dr. Iuvone studies the organization of retinal circadian clock networks and their impact on visual function and dysfunction. His lab focuses on...

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  • Dec122017

    Against the Odds

    Wendy Chapman was an impossibility. At least, that’s what ophthalmology researcher Jay Neitz, Ph.D., thought.

    When Neitz heard that Chapman was color-blind in just one eye — had been born that way — he was skeptical. Hundreds of years of research indicated that her case couldn’t and shouldn’t exist. But still, Neitz wondered, could Chapman be the one in a million he had been searching for all these years? Read more about this inspiring story at...

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  • Dec112017

    Frank Bret's Amazing Century

    Frank Bret remembers the Gestapo officer, unyielding and proud, as if it were yesterday. It was the late 1930s, and Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi Germany.

    “We plan to be here for 1,000 years,” the officer told him. And he and his men refused to give Bret — under compulsory service in the Czech air force — an exit visa.

    When Bret fled to Poland, and then to France, seeking to be of military service, the German occupation followed him. He then made his way across Europe,...

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  • Oct252017

    The Dream of a World-class Center

    Roger H. Johnson, M.D., was legendary. A clinical faculty member and professor emeritus, he put his patients above everything else, and he was a mentor and researcher who never stopped learning. His wife, Angie Karalis Johnson, reflecting the couple’s interest in eliminating the scourge of macular degeneration and other conditions, has just established the Roger H. and Angie Karalis Johnson Retina Center at the UW Medicine Eye Institute. Read more about the center and their inspiring story...

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  • Sep282017

    Joan and Gordon Bergy Lecture: High-resolution imaging of the chorioretinal complex

    Jack Werner, PhD
    Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
    UC Davis

    10 am, Thursday
    September 28, 2017

    UW Health Sciences, K069

    To schedule an appointment please email Dr. Maureen Neitz.

    Dr. Werner studies the neurophysiological computations and mechanisms that mediate human vision, particularly changes in color and spatial vision across the life span and in association with retinal and optic nerve disease....

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