Several research groups funded through the NEI Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) have developed new imaging tools to see the retina and optic nerve in unprecedented detail. Researchers will be able to go beyond examining anatomy to measuring the cells’ function; asking not only whether the cells and axons look healthy but whether they act healthy. Ultimately, the resulting advanced imaging technologies will be used to test the effects of potential regenerative therapies developed through the AGI.
This virtual symposium will give updates from the five AGI funded teams from the Functional Imaging Consortium. The investigators will talk about their projects and how they intend to distribute them.
February 2, 2:00-5:00p EST
Welcome – NEI Director Michael Chiang, M.D.
Background/Intro – Steven Becker, Ph.D., NEI Office of Regenerative Medicine
AGI Imaging Consortia project presentations:
- Krzysztof Palczewski, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, & Grazyna Palczewska, Ph.D., Polgenix – A Two-Photon Ophthalmoscope for Human Retinal Imaging and Functional Testing
- David Williams, Ph.D., University of Rochester – Accelerating Vision Restoration with In Vivo Cellular Imaging of Retinal Function
- Austin Roorda, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley – Introducing the Optoretinogram (ORG): Systems for all-optical, noninvasive assessment of structure and function in the living human retina
- Sheng-Kwei Song, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis – Imaging Optic Nerve Function and Pathology
- Alfredo Dubra, Ph.D., Stanford University – Platform Technologies from Microscopic Retinal Imaging: Development and Translation & Jessica Morgan, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania – Platform Technologies for Microscopic Retinal Imaging: Assessing Retinal Function
Reflections and Overview – Leonard A. Levin, M.D., Ph.D., McGill University (ESOC)