By Nicole Wyatt
New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry has been awarded $1.81 million by the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to advance imaging of the eye’s photoreceptors and understand how color perception is ultimately achieved in the brain.
Lawrence Sincich, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Vision Sciences, explained that his five-year R01 grant will allow him to image photoreceptors in real time while simultaneously stimulating them, giving him the ability to map the color sensitivity of any one of them.
“Our eyes have millions of photoreceptors, which are specialized cells that line the retina in the back of the eye,” Sincich said. “We currently don’t have a handle on how each photoreceptor gets turned into an everyday perception by the brain, so our work is designed to move toward that goal.”
With a full understanding of how the brain works still unknown, Sincich said his work will lead to further basic knowledge.
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