[visionlist] Vaegan seminar: Dr Keven C. Chan (NYU)

Juno Kim juno.kim at unsw.edu.au
Thu Mar 18 17:51:17 -04 2021

Please find below the meeting details for our upcoming Vaegan seminar next week. Please RSVP for the meeting password (same as always - no need to RSVP if you are a regular attendee). Best, Juno

Title: Glaucoma Neuroimaging in Humans and Experimental Animal Models

Time/Date: 1-2pm Friday 26 March 2021 (AEDT)

Zoom link: https://unsw.zoom.us/j/84643428415

Abstract: Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Although elevated eye pressure is a major risk factor, recent evidence suggests the involvement of the brain’s visual system, apart from the eye, in the early degenerative mechanisms of the disease. However, the pathogenesis of glaucoma in the visual system remains largely undetermined. Dr. Chan's research aims to develop and apply novel structural and physiological magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for whole-brain and non-invasive measurements of early changes and disease progression along the visual pathway in glaucoma patients. His recent research has demonstrated structural, metabolic, and functional relationships between eye, brain, and vision loss in patients with early and advanced-stage disease when brain MRI findings were compared with clinical ophthalmic assessments. His team also combines neuroimaging and neurotherapeutic approaches to guide vision preservation and restoration in humans and experimental animal models. The development of novel methods for characterizing and monitoring chronic glaucoma in the visual system can potentially lead to more timely intervention and more targeted treatments to reduce the prevalence of this irreversible but preventable neurodegenerative disease.

Bio: Dr. Kevin C. Chan is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Radiology, and Neuroscience at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. His laboratory focuses on developing and applying new methods for non-invasively imaging neurodegeneration, neurodevelopment, neuroplasticity, and neuroregeneration in vision-related diseases and injuries in order to guide vision preservation and restoration. Dr. Chan has over 15 years of experience in structural, metabolic, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research in the eye and brain of humans and animal models of glaucoma and other visual impairments. He completed his doctoral studies in biomedical engineering (neuroimaging) at The University of Hong Kong and was awarded the Li Ka Shing Prize for the best PhD thesis at the University. He was selected by the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) as a 2015 Emerging Vision Scientist. In addition, he is a Junior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) since 2010, and a 2009-10 Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Chan received the BrightFocus Foundation National Glaucoma Research Awards in 2013, 2016, and 2019, the Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award in 2014, and the Research to Prevent Blindness/Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Research Collaborators award and Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2018. He is currently the deputy editor of the Neuroimaging section of Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, associate editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience - Brain Imaging Methods and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and editorial board member of Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery and Neural Regeneration Research. He also serves as the chair of the ARVO multidisciplinary ophthalmic imaging section (2020-21), member of the ARVO Annual Meeting Program Committee (2018-2021) and ARVO Publications Committee (2020-2023), and vice-chair of the ISMRM Publications Committee (2018-2021).

Juno Kim | PhD (Psychology) | Associate Professor
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