Primary Department Affiliation: Vision Sciences
Primary Research Area: Systems Neuroscience and Vision
My research is concerned with investigating how the brain controls eye movements. In particular we are studying the neural control of vergence, accommodation, and pupil diameter. Despite their clinical relevance, comparatively little is known about how these particular eye movements are controlled by the brain. In my laboratory, we use electrophysiological, behavioral, and neuroanatomical techniques to investigate this question. Our studies will provide essential information as to the way in which the brain controls these specific types of movements. More generally these studies should yield general insights into the neural control of all types of movements.
Gamlin, P.D and K. Yoon (2000) An Area for Vergence Eye Movement in Primate Frontal Cortex. Nature, 407:1003-1007.
Gamlin, P.D.R. (2000) The Functions of the Edinger-Westphal Nucleus. In Nervous Control of the Eye. Eds. G. Burnstock and A. Sillito. Harwood Academic Publishers. pp 117-154.
Dacey, D. M., B. B. Peterson, F.R. Robinson, and P.D. Gamlin. (2003) Fireworks in the primate retina: in vitro photodynamics reveals diverse LGN-projecting ganglion cell types. Neuron 37:15-27.
Clarke, R.J. H. Y. Zhang, and P. D. R. Gamlin (2003) The primate pupillary light reflex: receptive field characteristics of pretectal luminance neurons. J. Neurophysiol. 89:3168-3178.
Dacey, D.M., Liao, H., Peterson, B., Robinson, F., Smith, V., Pokorny, J., Yau, K.W., and Gamlin, P.D. (2005) Melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells in primate retina signal color and irradiance and project to the LGN. Nature. 433:749-754.
Dearworth, J. Jr., R. Davison, X. Li, and P. Gamlin (2005) Vergence target selection in rhesus monkeys: behavior and modeling. Vision Research, 45:731-747
Gamlin, P.D.R. (2005) The Pretectum: Connections and Oculomotor-related Roles. In Neuroantomy of the Oculomotor System. Ed. J.A. Buettner-Ennever. Elsevier. pp 379-405.
Gamlin, P. D., M. K. Ward, M. S. Bolding, J. K. Grossmann and D. B. Twieg (2005) Developing functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques for alert macaque monkeys. Methods: In press
Paul D.R. Gamlin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Vision Sciences and Senior Scientist in the Vision Science Research Center (VSRC), received his undergraduate training in zoology at University of Cambridge, England (B.A. 1978). He completed his doctoral studies in Neurobiology and Behavior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Ph.D. 1984). Following this, he continued his research training with Dr. Lawrence E. Mays in the Department of Vision Sciences at UAB. Dr. Gamlin was director of the VSRC, 1995-1999. He enjoys photography and walking.