Futterman Memorial Lecture in Vision Science

Sidney Futterman Memorial Lecture in Vision Science

The Annual Futterman Lecture was named in honor of Dr. Sidney Futterman, a distinguished vision researcher who served as a faculty member at the University of Washington from 1966-1979. Dr. Futterman was the recipient of the prestigious Friedenwald Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) for his exceptional contribution to visual science. Dr. Futterman’s studies on visual pigments and the esterification of vitamin A in the retina have been widely referenced in the field of vision research for over 50 years.

Futterman Memorial lectures

November 4, 2016      David Berson, PhD     Seeing where we’re going: retinal direction selectivity encodes self-motion

November 14, 2014    Rick Kramer                Restoring visual function to blind mice with ion-channel photoswitch

October 25, 2013        Tom Hughes                Fluorescent proteins and biosensors in one and two photon microscopy

October 11, 2012        Gerald Jacobs             Unraveling Mammalian Color Vision

May 23, 2011              William Hauswirth       Gene therapy clinical trial for LCA2, a form of childhood blindness

May 28, 2009              Russell Fernald           Eye Evolution: Not so puzzling anymore.

May 22, 2008              Kang Zhang                Molecular genetics of macular degeneration: From human disease to mouse models and back.

May 24, 2007              Joshua Dunaief           Iron-induced oxidative damage as a potential culprit in retinal disease.

May 26, 2006              Robert Marc                Retinal remodeling.

May 26, 2005              Douglas Vollrath         Disease mechanisms in neurodegenerative blindness.

May 27, 2004              John Flannery             Gene Therapy for Usher Syndrome, a major cause of combined blindness and deafness.

May 22, 2003              Joe Hollyfield              Drusen: What are they, where do they come from, and what do they have to dosage-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

May 23, 2002              John Crabb                 Proteomic approaches to the etiopathology of age-related macular degeneration.

May 24, 2001              Joseph Horwitz           The function and structure of the small heat-shock protein a-crystallin.

May 25, 2000              Thaddeus Dryja          The role of retinoid metabolism in hereditary photoreceptor disease.

May 20, 1999              Eric Newman              Glial cell modulation of neuronal activity: Calcium waves in the retina.

April 23, 1998             Joseph Besharse        The circadian clock in the eye.

May 22, 1997              Robert Molday            Molecular biology of retinal photoreceptor membrane proteins: Structural properties, interactions, and role in retinitis pigmentosa.

May 30, 1996              Steven Fisher              Retinal detachment: Simple event, complex consequences.

April 27, 1995             Heidi Hamm                 Structure of the transducin alpha subunit and its role in visual transduction.

May 19, 1994              David Papermaster     Animal models of retinal degeneration.

June 3, 1993                Alan Bird                    Retinal dystrophies with known genetic mutations.

June 5, 1992                Carl Kupfer                 From Seattle to Washington: A quarter century of vision research.

May 17, 1990              John Dowling              Dopamine: A retinal neuromodulator.

May 16, 1987              Morton Goldberg        The management of hyphema.

October 30, 1986        Joram Piatigorsky       Regulation of crystallin gene expression in the lens.

September 20, 1984    Dean Bok                   Retinoid-binding proteins: Their emerging role in the transport of vitamin A from blood to the retina.

May 26, 1983              Matthew LaVail           Analysis of neurological mutants with inherited retinal disease.

May 15, 1982              Arnall Patz                  Retinal neovascularization: Clinical and experimental observations.

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