May 3, 2011

Vision Researchers Present New Findings at Spring Meetings

Scientists from the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center will present new findings at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology May 1-5 in For Lauderdale, Fla., and at the Vision Science Society’s annual meeting May 6-11 in Naples, Fla.

Research being presented includes:

• New findings from Sang Wook Hong and Frank Tong using functional magnetic resonance imaging that reveal how the brain “fills in” color in the visual representation of an image based on neighboring information, even if the color is not seen in a specific area.

• Research by Nancy Carlisle and Geoffrey Woodman that explores how and when we move visual information from working memory to long-term memory.

• Preliminary results from researchers in molecular physics and biophysics and in biochemistry that suggest zebrafish can be used as a model for studying hereditary cataracts.

• Findings from a large group of researchers at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, the Department of Biostatistics and the Center for Human Genetics Research that reveal a relationship between a particular blood plasma biomarker and a specific genotype that may play a role in the development and course of age-related macular degeneration in some individuals.

Vanderbilt researchers will present 55 posters and five platform presentations at the ARVP meeting. Stephen Kim, Louise Mawn Doug McMahon and Rebecca Sappington will serve as moderators. Paul Sternberg, George W. Hale Professor and Chairman, will lead a workshop on career development from a department chair's perspective.

Vanderbilt researchers will present 18 posters and 5 platform presentations at the VSS meeting.