William J. Brunken, PhD, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Center for Vision Research, has been elected to serve on the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology's Research Director's Council for five years.
Dr. William J. Brunken was named the Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology.


Robert B. Barlow Twelfth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Claude Desplan, Ph.D. Dr. Desplan


New York University

Director, Center for Developmental Genetics


Lecture Title:  Processing of Color Information in Drosophila

Lecture Date:  October 19, 2012










Robert B. Barlow Eleventh Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, Ph.D. Dr. Wu

Cullen Eye Institute

Baylor College of Medicine


Lecture Title:  Rod and Cone Signaling Pathways in Normal, Mutant and Diseased Retinas

Lecture Date:  October 17, 2011 









Robert B. Barlow Tenth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Gregory S. Hageman, Ph.D. Dr. Hageman

The University of Utah School of Medicine

John A. Moran Eye Center

Director, John A. Moran Center for Translational Research

John A. Moran Presidential Professor of Ophthalmology


Lecture Title:  A New Era in Our Understanding of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Lecture Held:  October 7, 2010 








Ninth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Robert S. Molday, Ph.D.

The University of British Columbia

Canada Research Chair in Vision and Macular Degeneration

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Director, Centre for Macular Research


Lecture Title: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Lecture Held: March 8, 2008



Eighth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Constance L. Cepko, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Department of Genetics and

Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Lecture Title: Determination of Retinal Cell Fates

Lecture Held: October 19, 2007


Seventh Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Thaddeus P. Dryja, M.D.

Director, Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary


Lecture Title: Hereditary Photoreceptor Diseases

Lecture Held: Friday, March 10, 2006



Sixth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


David H. Hubel, M.D., Ph.D.

1981 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

Research Professor of Neurobiology

Harvard University


Lecture Title: Vision and Brain: Possible Physiological Basis for Some Common Illusions

Lecture held: Friday, April 1, 2005



Fifth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the National Eye Institute

Bethesda, Maryland


Lecture Title: Night Blindness and the State of Rod Photo Receptors in Retinitis Pigmentosa

Lecture held: Tuesday, March 2, 2004



Fourth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Debora B. Farber, Ph.D., D.Phhc.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Associate Director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, and Co-Chief of the Vision Science Division


Lecture Title: From Mouse to Man: Characterization and Regulation of Genes Causing Retinal Degeneration

Lecture held: Tuesday, April 16, 2002



Third Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Jeremy H. Nathans, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Lecture Title: Molecular Biology of Visual Pigments

Lecture held: Monday, March 26, 2001



Second Distinguished Lecture in Vision


John E. Dowling, Ph.D.

Harvard College Professor and

Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Natural Science

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Harvard University


Lecture Title: Searching for Visual System Mutations in Zebrafish

Lecture held: Friday, March 3, 2000



First Distinguished Lecture in Vision

1981 Nobel Laureate, Torsten N. Wiesel, MD, FRS visited Syracuse on March 4, 1999. Dr. Wiesel is President Emeritus and Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior at Rockefeller University. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the University Center for Vision Research.

Robert B. Barlow, Ph.D., of University Center for Vision Research hosted Dr. Wiesel's lecture entitled, "Brain Mechanisms of Vision." Dr. Barlow described Dr. Wiesel as a "hero" and "a most outstanding role model for young scientists."

After his lecture, which was standing room only in the Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, Dr. Wiesel was guest of honor at an exclusive lunch. Exceptional neuroscience graduate students, and program candidates lucky enough to be touring the S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University's campus that day, were invited to attend. The group enjoyed this unique opportunity to talk openly with a renowned researcher. One student said of Dr. Wiesel, "Not only is he a great scientist, he's such a nice person."

Dr. Wiesel rounded out his visit with an informal meeting with the vision scientists of University Center for Vision Research.

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