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Thanks to the work of NEI scientists and grantees, we’re constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of vision disorders. Get the latest updates about their work — along with other news about NEI.

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Jackie Norrie and Victoria Honnell

Modular super-enhancer controls retinal development

January 11, 2022

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital identified distinct functions for regions of a super-enhancer that controls gene expression during retina formation, calling it a ‘modular’ super-enhancer.
Spencer Smith with microscope in laboratory

A New Microscope for Imaging Neural Circuitry

December 2, 2021

Researchers from UCSB report the development of a new microscope they describe as “Dual Independent Enhanced Scan Engines for Large field-of-view Two-Photon imaging (Diesel2p),” which provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability.
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Which side is which?: How the brain perceives borders

November 30, 2021

Salk scientists have discovered that neurons deep in the brain’s cortex are the first to compute which side of a visual border is an object and which side is background.
Komiyama and Hattori in computer lab

Neurobiologists Reveal How Value Decisions are Coded into Our Brains

November 23, 2021

Researchers UC San Diego discover that persistency allows value signals to be most effectively represented, or “coded,” across different areas of the brain.
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Cartography of the visual cortex

October 28, 2021

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) have uncovered a surprisingly complex yet precisely ordered map of visual space in area V2 of the cortex.
Green fluorescent neuronal cell passing through several layers of retina.

Researchers Discover New Type of Nerve Cell in the Retina

October 28, 2021

Scientists at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah have discovered a new type of nerve cell, or neuron, in the retina. The newly identified Campana cell could play a role in visual signal processing.

Living Retina Achieves Sensitivity and Efficiency Engineers Can Only Dream About

September 28, 2021

In a pair of papers on retinal structure, Duke University neurobiologists have shown that the rigors of natural selection and evolution have shaped the retinas in our eyes just as this theory of optimization would predict.
man looking at phone and sitting on sofa

Scientists Pinpoint the Uncertainty of Our Working Memory

September 14, 2021

A new NEI-funded study shows the extent we trust our memory in decision-making
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Blind People Can’t See Color but Understand It the Same Way as Sighted People

August 16, 2021

Questioning the belief that that people born blind could never truly understand color, a team of cognitive neuroscientists demonstrated that congenitally blind and sighted individuals actually understand it quite similarly.
Scientist looking in a microscope

Retina ‘hardwired’ to predict path of moving objects

August 2, 2021

Neural circuits in the primate retina can generate the information needed to predict the path of a moving object before visual signals even leave the eye, UW Medicine researchers demonstrate in a new paper.