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Visiting Lecturers

DesplanRobert B. Barlow Twelfth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Claude Desplan, PhD

New York University
Director, Center for Developmental Genetics

Lecture Title:  Processing of Color Information in Drosophila
Lecture Date:  October 19, 2012

WuRobert B. Barlow Eleventh Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, PhD

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

HagoRobert B. Barlow Tenth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

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

Lecture Title:  A New Era in Our Understanding of Age-related Macular Degeneration
Lecture Held:  October 7, 2010

MoldayNinth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

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

Lecture Title: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases
Lecture Held: March 8, 2008

CepkoEighth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Constance L. Cepko, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Department of Genetics and
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Lecture Title: Determination of Retinal Cell Fates
Lecture Held: October 19, 2007

DryjaSeventh Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Thaddeus P. Dryja, MD

Director, Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Lecture Title: Hereditary Photoreceptor Diseases
Lecture Held: Friday, March 10, 2006

HubelSixth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

David H. Hubel, MD, PhD

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, MD, PhD

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, PhD, DPhhc

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, MD, PhD

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, PhD

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

WieselFirst Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Torsten N. Wiesel, MD, FRS

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.