2013 OSA Vision Meeting
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013 - Welcome Reception

6:30 - 8:30 pm - RECEPTION
Doctors of Texas State Optical Alumni Education Center
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building


All talks will be held in the Doctors of Texas State Optical Alumni Education Center (Health and Biomedical Sciences Building, adjacent to the University of Houston College of Optometry).

All posters will be in adjacent hallways

Doctors of Texas State Optical Alumni Education Center
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

8:45 – 9:00 am - WELCOME

9:00 - 11:00 am - Visual Blur - Friend or Foe?

Blur has long been regarded as a necessary evil, something that we are stuck with as a result of the laws of optics. But with regards to blur, the visual system again shows its facility to turn lemons into lemonade by adapting away some of the perceptual effects of blur and exploiting blur as a cue to depth. This symposium examines the visual mechanisms involved in the detection and discrimination of defocus and higher-order aberrations, along with the subsequent processing of these signals.

Heidi Hofer (University of Houston)

Confirmed Speakers:
Arthur Bradley (Indiana University)
Wilson Geisler (University of Texas)
Lucie Sawides (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientνficas)
Jack Yellott (University of California, Irvine)

11:00 – 11:30 am - COFFEE BREAK

11:30 am – 1:00 pm - POSTER SESSION I

1:00 – 2:00 pm - LUNCH

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Melanoposin, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), and their role in vision.

It is now well-established that mammalian ganglion cells can exhibit intrinsic photosensitivity mediated by the photopigment melanopsin. How these cells contribute to visual function, and how they combine melanopsin signals with those from other types of photoreceptor, are topics of much current investigation. This symposium will feature talks that consider the role of melanopsin for conscious visual perception, how melanopsin contributes to the pupillary reflex, and the functional properties of intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells.

Joel Pokorny (University of Chicago)

Confirmed Speakers:
Paul Gamlin (University of Alabama, Birmingham)
Robert Lucas (University of Manchester)
Jonathan Winawer (Stanford University)
Kwoon Wong (University of Michigan)

4:00 – 4:30 pm - COFFEE BREAK

4:30 – 5:30 pm - ROBERT M. BOYNTON LECTURE

Dr. John S. Werner (University of California, Davis)

6:30 - 9:30 pm - BANQUET

The Grove
1611 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010


8:00 – 8:30 am - BREAKFAST
Doctors of Texas State Optical Alumni Education Center
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

8:30 - 10:30 am - Measuring visual cortex without vision.

The structure and function of visual cortex can be revealed with neuroimaging techniques that eschew visual stimulation itself. These studies reveal fundamental principles of cortical organization absent the imposed correlational structure of visual stimuli. In addition to basic science characterization, the techniques have enormous practical applications, from simplifying studies of normative visual processing to providing a translational avenue to patients with visual impairments and fixation deficits that preclude traditional retinotopic mapping techniques.

Alyssa Brewer (University of California, Irvine)

Confirmed Speakers:
Geoffrey Aguirre (University of Pennsylvania)
Marina Bedny (Johns Hopkins University)
Koen Haak (University of Minnesota)
Bosco Tjan (University of Southern California)

10:30 – 11:00 am - BUSINESS MEETING

11:00 am – 12:30 pm - POSTER SESSION II

12:30 – 1:30 pm - LUNCH

1:30 - 3:00 pm - CONTRIBUTED SESSION I

3:00 - 3:30 pm - COFFEE BREAK

3:30 - 5:30 pm - Classics of Vision Science Symposium

John Mollon, University of Cambridge

Confirmed Speakers:
Suzanne McKee (Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute)
Joel Pokorny & Vivianne Smith (University of Chicago)
Robert Shapley (New York University)
George Sperling (University of California, Irvine)

6:30 - 9:30 pm - DINNER
The Grotto
4715 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77027


8:00 – 8:30 am - BREAKFAST
Doctors of Texas State Optical Alumni Education Center
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

8:30 - 10:30 am - New developmental cues and corrections in myopia.

The prevalence of myopia is increasing rapidly worldwide. This session will explore recent work detailing the roles of optical, genetic and environmental cues in the development and progression of refractive errors. Speakers will also shed light on treatment strategies whose goals are to minimize or eliminate the development of myopia.

Earl Smith (University of Houston)

Confirmed Speakers:
Jay Neitz (University of Washington)
Frank Schaeffel (Ophthalmic Research Institute)
Jeffrey Walline (Ohio State University)
Christine Wildsoet (University of California, Berkeley)

10:30 – 11:00 am - COFFEE BREAK

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - CONTRIBUTED SESSION II

12:30 - 1:30 pm - LUNCH


1:45 - 3:45 pm - The impact of abnormal visual experience during development and its treatment.

Abnormal visual experience has been shown to lead to abnormal development of the neural visual system. This session will go beyond classical work in early cortex to explore the effects of abnormal experience at later stages of processing. It will also address surprising recent insights into manipulation of experience in treatment, both during and beyond the traditional critical period.

Vallabh Das (University of Houston)
Ruth Manny (University of Houston)

Confirmed Speakers:
Susan Cotter (Southern California College of Optometry)
Lynne Kiorpes (New York University)
Anthony Norcia (Stanford University)


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