Kelly Nichols to become the next dean of Optometry
Kelly K. Nichols, O.D., Ph.D., one of the world's leading vision scientists in the area of dry eye disease, will be the next dean of the School of Optometry. She will assume that role on June 25th. For more information on this exciting announcement, click here.
On Feb. 25, Dr. William J. Benjamin was installed as Secretary of the Z80 Committee on Ophthalmic Products, of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). He succeeded Dr. Robert Rosenberg of the SUNY College of Optometry, who had been the Secretary for 27 years, and who was himself preceded by Dr. Earl Hunter, the Executive Director of the American Optometric Association.
The ANSI Z80 Committee is the multidisciplinary body accredited by the US government to promulgate standards for ophthalmic products, such as spectacle lenses, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, other prosthetic devices, and ophthalmic instruments. Its technical experts represent the United States at meetings of the International Organization of Standardization regarding ophthalmic products.
Dr. Benjamin received the unanimous written ballot of the 18 member organizations of the Z80 Committee that include the Vision Council (secretariat), American Optometric Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Opticians Association of America, American Glaucoma Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Association of Optometrists and Opticians, Sunglass Association of America, Contact Lens Institute, Contact Lens Manufacturers Association, and the US Food & Drug Administration.
UAB vision scientist awarded $1.81 million grant for photoreceptor research
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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