Boston, Mass. — The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers. The report, published online today in PLOS ONE, describes for the first time the combined structural, Read more about Brain "rewires" itself to enhance other senses in blind people
From May 1st to May 5th, more than 11,000 people attended the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Eye and vision researchers from more than 75 countries presented their current research, discussed emerging technologies, and strategized ways to overcome the current challenges facing ophthalmology and vision science. Harvard Ophthalmology was well-represented at the meeting, and faculty and trainees contributed 247 posters and presentations this year.
ONL Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for preserving sight in a range of retinal diseases, has announced that Joan W. Miller, MD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, is one of five of the world’s premier retinal disease thought leaders who will serve on its newly formed scientific advisory board (SAB). The goal of the SAB is to help guide development of novel Read more about ONL Therapeutics Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board
On October 7th and 8th, Jason Comander, MD, PhD, andLeo Kim, MD, PhD, participated in the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program. This program allows scientists to meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of vision research in the continuing fight to prevent blindness.
Gang Luo, PhD, an Associate Scientist of Mass. Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Institute, recently created the SuperVision+ Goggle app to provide a low cost solution for head mounted vision enhancement devices for the visually impaired. The free app for iPhones (iOS) is designed to be used together with 3D virtual reality glasses, widely available off-the-shelf products.