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Southeastern Vision Research Conference logo 2016 SEVRC at Emory Eye Center

Felix Struebing, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Emory Eye Center, with SEVRC research scientist at poster session in 2016.

Emory Eye Center to host 4th annual Southeastern Vision Research Conference

(ATLANTA) – Emory Eye Center will host the fourth annual Southeastern Vision Research Conference (SEVRC) on Monday, December 7 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, December 8 at 9 a.m. The event will be held in collaboration with two other vision research groups from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The virtual, two-day seminar is a way for research scientists to celebrate an exchange of excellence in vision research and science.

“We are highlighting topics this year that are hot and ready for further investigation among new collaborators,” says John M. Nickerson, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and director of research at Emory Eye Center. “Each institution has world leaders in various phases of vision sciences and ophthalmology. We can learn greatly from these world experts.”

Keynote speakers Jay Neitz, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and adjunct professor of Biological Structure at the University of Washington, and Maureen Neitz, PhD, Ray H. Hill Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Washington, will deliver the keynote lecture entitled, “A Solution to the World-Wide Myopia Epidemic.”

Dr. Jay Neitz holds a doctorate in biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His graduate work was conducted in the laboratory of Gerald Jacobs, PhD, with a focus on understanding how the human visual system works using color vision as a model.

Dr. Maureen Neitz, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, directs a research laboratory investigating the genetic basis of normal vision and vision disorders.

Both of their specialty interests focus on understanding how the human visual system operates by studying the entire process of seeing from genes to behavior. They have discovered how genetic mutations influence the most common vision problems that affect modern humans, including myopia and colorblindness. 

SEVRC attendees will learn from various speakers, presentations, posters and collaborate with vision research scholars on all aspects of vision science – molecular, disease, cognitive, imaging, and more. Junior faculty, predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers also will have an opportunity to present their case abstracts, collaborate and share their ideas.

Members of the program committee include Nickerson and Michael Iuvone, PhD, professor and vice director of research, Emory Eye Center; Christine Curcio, PhD, professor and director of AMD Histopathology Lab and Tim Kraft, PhD, professor and interim associate dean for research, University of Alabama Birmingham; Tonia Rex, PhD, professor and associate director for research and David Calkins, PhD, professor and vice chair and director of research, Vanderbilt Eye Institute.

Emory Eye Center researcher Jeffrey Boatright, PhD, and Machelle Pardue, PhD, CVNR, a research career scientist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, will also moderate the sessions.

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