John A. Hoepner, MD was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Onondaga County Medical Society. At their annual dinner meeting on November 2, 2009, the Onondaga County Medical Society declared that John A. Hoepner, MD has rendered distinguished service to the Onondaga County Medical Society, area physicians and hospitals, patients and the general public. In his roles as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Upstate Medical University, Director of the University's Center for Vision Care, Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at Crouse Hospital, Consultant for the Medical Advisory Committee of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Consultant for Welch-Allyn, Inc., Member of the Boards of Directors of the Lighthouse/Aurora, Veterans Administration Medical Center Chief of Staff Search Committee, Member of the Task Force on Eye Care Delivery Systems and the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member of the Executive Committee of Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine, Author, Lecture Presenter, and Officer of the Onondaga County Medical Society, he has brought great honor to himself and the profession of medicine. The Onondaga County Medical Society, in recognition of the outstanding leadership talents and highest professional and personal standards of Dr. John A. Hoepner, as physician, teacher, and researcher, confers its Distinguished Service Award as a mark of the esteem in which he is held by the members of this Society. Signed: Gregory A. Threatte, MD President OCMS.
Left: Dr. David Smith with Dr. Robert Barlow Right: Dr. David Smith with Dr. Michael Zuber
Claude Desplan, PhD
New York University
Director, Center for Developmental Genetics
Processing of Color Information in Drosophila
Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, PhD
Cullen Eye Institute
Baylor College of Medicine
Rod and Cone Signaling Pathways in Normal, Mutant and Diseased Retinas
Gregory S. Hageman, PhD
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
A New Era in Our Understanding of Age-related Macular Degeneration
Robert S. Molday, PhD
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
Pathogenic Mechanisms and Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases
Constance L. Cepko, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Department of Genetics and
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Determination of Retinal Cell Fates
Thaddeus P. Dryja, MD
Director, Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Hereditary Photoreceptor Diseases
Lecture held: Friday, March 10, 2006
David H. Hubel, MD, PhD
1981 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology
Research Professor of Neurobiology
Vision and Brain: Possible Physiological Basis for Some Common Illusions
Night Blindness and the State of Rod Photo Receptors in Retinitis Pigmentosa
From Mouse to Man: Characterization and Regulation of Genes Causing Retinal Degeneration
Molecular Biology of Visual Pigments
Searching for Visual System Mutations in Zebrafish
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, PhD, 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.
The Discovery Channel program, "Living Fossils", broadcast October 14, 1998, featured the research of Dr. Robert Barlow, of the University Center for Vision Research. Dr. Barlow's research centers on horseshoe crabs and how they "see."