[visionlist] Just-in-time abstract submission and financial support applications for early-career attendees of the Functional Vision & Accessibility Conference, Aug3-4, 2023

Preeti Verghese preeti at ski.org
Sun Jul 2 14:49:03 -04 2023

Functional Vision and Accessibility Conference, San Francisco, Aug 3-4, 2023

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is hosting a hybrid conference on Functional Vision and Accessibility, a 2-day international workshop on translational research to address visual impairment and accessibility. The conference will bring together stakeholders (those experiencing vision loss and blindness) and those doing translational research (scientists, clinicians, and inventors) to address long-standing and emerging vision problems with promising new approaches.
We invite early-career attendees to submit just-in time abstracts for posters and lighting talks (deadline July 15, 2023). Limited funds are available to support registration and/or travel costs for early-career attendees.
More details of the meeting can be found at www.ski.org/FVAconference<http://www.ski.org/FVAconference>.
Our sessions topics and speakers include:

• Understanding the role of eye movements in active visual perception and their potential as a biomarker for various clinical conditions
Speakers: Jacob Yates (UC Berkeley), Jorge Otero-Millan (UC Berkeley), Esther Gonzalez (U Toronto), Christy Sheehy (CLight Technologies)
Discussant: Preeti Verghese (Smith-Kettlewell)

• Understanding the role of the maldevelopment of vergence and accommodation on impaired binocular function and its functional consequences
Speakers: Paul Gamlin (U Alabama Birmingham), Jenny Read (U Newcastle), Rowan Candy (U Indiana, Bloomington), Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo (U Waterloo)
Discussant: Dennis Levi (UC Berkeley)

• Evaluating retinal and cortical visual function in health and disease
Speakers: Omar Mahroo (University College London), Ravi Jonnal (UC Davis), Yoichiro Masuda (Jikei University), Holly Bridge (Oxford University)
Discussant: Christopher Tyler (Smith-Kettlewell)

• Brain plasticity after partial or complete loss of functional vision
Speakers: Mriganka Sur (MIT) Wu Li (Beijing Normal University), Lotfi Merabet (Mass. Eye & Ear), Ione Fine (University of Washington)
Discussant: Lora Likova (Smith-Kettlewell)

• Using emerging tools such as artificial intelligence and neural networks to understand human vision and visual dysfunction, and using AI and data science to complement human expertise
Speakers: Miguel Eckstein (UC Santa Barbara) Frank Tong (Vanderbilt), Dan Yamins (Stanford), Danna Gurari (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder)
Discussant: Laura Walker (Apple)

• Using virtual and augmented reality in visual assessment, binocular training, and navigation
Speakers: Ben Backus (Vivid Vision), Brandon Biggs (Georgia Tech), Paul Ruvolo (Olin College), Yuhang Zhao (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison)
Discussant: James Coughlan (Smith-Kettlewell)

• A special session devoted to an in-depth discussion on vision restoration vs. using the remaining senses, in the context of the onset of visual impairment and the populations they serve
Speakers: Juliette MacGregor (Univ. of Rochester), Michael Beyeler (UC Santa Barbara), Dan Adams (Neuralink), Josh Miele (Amazon), Gordon Legge (Univ. of Minnesota), Sile O'Modhrain (Univ. of Michigan), Don Fletcher (Smith-Kettlewell)
Discussant: Arvind Chandna (Smith-Kettlewell)

Preeti Verghese, PhD
Senior Scientist
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
San Francisco CA 94115


Preeti Verghese, PhD
Senior Scientist
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
San Francisco CA 94115


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