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Data Science at the National Eye Institute: ODSHI Initiatives and the Culture of Data Sharing

April 1, 2024 — 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET

Join the National Eye Institute's Office of Data Science and Health Informatics (ODSHI) at their NEI Informatics & Data-Driven Insights: Seminars & Dialogue Opportunities for Vision Health series launch! Michael Chiang, the NEI Director, and Kerry Goetz, Associate Director of ODSHI, will be introducing the series and discussing the NEI's perspective on the intersection of data science and vision research. The event will offer opportunities for dialogue with the speakers, and ask for audience input on future topics of interest.

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Optical Coherence Tomography – Celebrating its Transformative Impact on Eye Care and Beyond

March 18, 2024 - March 19, 2024 - March 19, 2024

Bethesda, MD

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the National Eye Institute at

Recently, the 2023 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award was awarded to James Fujimoto, David Huang, and Eric Swanson for their invention of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technique that has revolutionized ocular health care.

In recognition of this honor and to celebrate the impact of OCT in vision health and research, the National Eye Institute is hosting a scientific symposium, March 18-19, 2024, at the NIH campus in Bethesda.

The program will feature lectures and discussion on a diverse range of topics highlighting current and emerging OCT applications in both research and clinical settings. 

Mechanisms of Memory and Cognition

March 14, 2024 — 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

This seminar will be presented by Elizabeth Buffalo, Ph.D., Chair & Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington. 

Noon to 1p.m. ET

Quick update: This seminar is now exclusively virtual.

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How does the retina generate so many cell types?

March 7, 2024 — 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

Constance Cepko, Ph.D.
Bullard Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience
Harvard University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Hybrid event

  • In person: NIH main campus, Building 31/6C Rooms F-G, Bethesda, MD
  • Remote: Zoom link

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Advancing the Use and Development of Common Data Elements (CDE) in Research Workshop

March 6, 2024 - March 7, 2024 - March 7, 2024 — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD

Event: Advancing the Use and Development of Common Data Elements (CDE) in Research Workshop

We are excited to announce the upcoming ODSS Common Data Elements (CDE) Workshop, hosted by the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS). 

This two-day workshop will take place on March 6-7, 2024, at the Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. This workshop aims to bring together expert panels, researchers, professional societies, and patient organizations to explore the value, resources, and applications of CDEs. 

Our speakers will cover a range of pertinent topics, including: 

  • The value of CDEs
  • Current NIH resources for CDEs
  • Technical implementation aspects and approaches to enhancing interoperability
  • Overcoming barriers in CDE adoption in community research
  • Use cases for preparing and applying CDEs to intelligent technologies

Please mark your calendars and prepare to join us for this informative and engaging workshop. 


Mature retina is resilient to partial photoreceptor loss

February 22, 2024 — 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD

Felice Dunn, Ph.D.  
University of California, San Francisco

Noon to 1 p.m. ET

Hybrid event

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National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC)

February 16, 2024 — 8:30 am to 3:00 pm ET

The National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) comprises 12 external members from the vision community who are charged by law to help guide institute activities. NEI gathers input from members and the public during meetings held three times per year. Council has purview on all NEI matters, including policy, planning, and extramural research programs. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.  Agenda​.…

Orienting eye movements in dreams and wakefulness

February 1, 2024 — 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD

This seminar will be presented by Massimo Scanziani, Ph.D., Professor/HHMI Investigator, UC San Francisco/HHMI.


Hybrid event (in-person and online)

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Visual NeuroPlasticity Workshop

January 10, 2024 — 10:00 am to 4:00 pm ET

Purpose: The synaptic basis of neuroplasticity may involve long term potentiation or depression (LTP/LTD), but there are also many possible polysynaptic, cellular, circuit, and behavioral mechanisms. In the visual system alone, myriad concepts guide research at the various levels of inquiry including: synapse formation/maintenance, adaptive/maladaptive, experience dependent/homeostatic, familiarity/learning and memory/recovery of function.  The goal of this workshop is to bring together various lines of investigation for a better understanding of the full process.

The workshop will be virtual, and is free to attend. The event will be live captioned. For questions or other reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact Alicia Kerr ( at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Colorful neurons with synapse highlighted.
Oculomotor learning is a classic example of neuroplasticity, involving cerebellar synapses, brain circuits, and visual signals. Circuit tracing using Brainbow multicolor labeling. Three-dimensional reconstruction of cerebellar mossy fiber axons and granule cells. A mossy fiber contact with a granule cell is visible (indicated by the white arrowhead). Reproduced with permission from Weissman, T.A, et al. Generating and Imaging Multicolor Brainbow Mice. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. (2011); (7):763-9; Image courtesy of Joshua R. Sanes.

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CANCELLED - Advanced imaging techniques reveal insights into retinal ultrastructure and pathology

December 14, 2023 — 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD


Robert Fariss, PhD
Chief of the Biological Imaging Core Facility
National Eye Institute
Advanced imaging techniques reveal insights into retinal ultrastructure and pathology


Hybrid event (in-person and online)

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Water's at the Heart of Vision: how water movement in opsins allows phototransduction to be investigated in photoreceptors in vivo

December 14, 2023 — 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD

This seminar will be presented by Edward Pugh, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, UC Davis.


Hybrid event (in-person and online)

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Molecular underpinning of retinal degenerations

December 7, 2023 — 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology. University of California, San Diego

Radha Ayyagari, Ph.D.

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Echolocation in blind and sighted humans

November 30, 2023 — 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

This seminar will be presented by Lore Thaler, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Durham University.

Please note: This seminar will be virtual only.

Dr. Thaler’s research investigates how echolocation works and the ways that it may benefit people with visual impairments. Her lab also uses echolocation as a model to study the plasticity of the brain.

Her lecture, titled “Echolocation in blind and sighted humans,” expands further on this ongoing research and the novel discoveries resulting from such studies.

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Trans-NIH CVI Workshop: Roadmap to Consensus and Building Awareness

November 17, 2023 — 9:30 am to 5:00 pm ET

Workshop on Cerebral/cortical visual impairment to grow the CVI research pool, establish criteria, diagnostics, metrics, and testing parameters, develop and validate evidence-based, age-appropriate test batteries and intervention protocols, and more.

Hosted by:

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human  Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS)

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A road map for neuro-protective and restorative therapy in glaucoma

November 9, 2023 — 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

Bethesda, MD

Ahmara Ross, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology
University of Pennsylvania
A  road map for neuro-protective and restorative therapy in glaucoma

(Virtual and in-person at Bldg 31/6C, Rm F-G)

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Last updated: February 21, 2023