News - Spotlight
|Festschrift for Vision Science Professor.|
|Freeman Festschrift||A meeting of vision scientists will be held on November 14, 2013 in honor of Professor Ralph Freeman, who has had a long and productive research career and is widely recognized as leading one of the most important laboratories for the study of visual processing in the brain. The invited participants include former graduate students, postdocs, laboratory associates, colleagues, and a former mentor of Freeman. Talks from this group will include those given by the most prominent scientists in their respective fields.|
|New dean appointed for the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.|
|John Flanagan||Professor John Flanagan has accepted appointment as Dean of the School of Optometry, for a five-year term beginning June 1, 2014. Flanagan succeeds Dean Dennis Levi.|
|Myopia Clinic opening in the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.|
|Myopia Clinic (PDF)
||The Meredith W. Morgan Eye Clinic at UC Berkeley is opening a myopia control clinic (August 2013) at the School of Optometry targeted toward children who are nearsighted. The plan will be to diagnose myopia in children early and get them into a treatment plan that not only corrects their vision, but also potentially stops it from getting worse. The Myopia Clinic will also allow doctors to monitor myopia in these children over many years, which could help future research.
A related story was broadcast by ABC7 News (KGO San Francisco) on Nov. 5, 2013.
|Berkeley Optometry professor and Vision Science alumnus honored by the AAO.|
|Academy Awards 2012||Berkeley Optometry professor Susana Chung, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Vision Science alumnus professor Larry Thibos, PhD, FAAO, received the Glenn A. Fry Award and the Charles F. Prentice Medal, respectively, at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Dr. Chung was recognized for her work with patients suffering from low vision, especially central vision loss. Dr. Thibos was honored for his work in wavefront measurements of the refractive state.|
|The community impact of mobile eye clinics.|
|UC Health: Mobile Eye Clinics||The future is brighter for thousands of underprivileged patients, from the very young to the very old, thanks to services provided by UC's optometry programs. About half of the 100,000 patients seen each year at UC Berkeley's School of Optometry clinics come from all walks of life in the community at large. Exams and services also are provided off-campus, in schools, community clinics, nursing facilities and even homes to patients who otherwise do not have easy access to vision care. Mobile eye clinics also are operated by UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco. See link at left for the complete article.|
|Graduate Program hosts web page with news about Berkeley Optometry.|
|Graduate Optometry News||Selected news stories about Berkeley Optometry's students are now being hosted by the Graduate Division.|
|Berkeley Optometry Professor Suzanne Fleiszig's research laboratory discovers that keratin proteins in the eye play a key role in warding off pathogens.|
|Eye Proteins Fight Infection||September 24, 2012: A team of UC Berkeley vision scientists has found that small fragments of keratin protein in the eye play a key role in warding off pathogens. The researchers also put synthetic versions of these keratin fragments to the test against an array of nasty pathogens. These synthetic molecules effectively zapped bacteria that can lead to flesh-eating disease and strep throat (Streptococcus pyogenes), diarrhea (Escherichia coli), staph infections (Staphylococcus aureus) and cystic fibrosis lung infections (Pseudomonas aeruginosa). See link at left for the complete article.|
|Berkeley Optometry Professor Lu Chen is part of a research team's discovery that statins can inhibit lymphatic vessel growth|
|Statins May Stem Tumor Growth||September 3, 2012: Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and UC Berkeley have found that statins, widely prescribed to help lower cholesterol, can inhibit the growth of lymphatic vessels. The effect was detected by Michael Detmar, professor at ETH Zurich, and Lu Chen, UC Berkeley assistant professor of vision science and optometry. Chen, a leading expert in corneal lymphatic research, showed that a compound found in statins significantly suppressed lymphatic vessel growth in the cornea, an ideal and widely used tissue for lymphatic examination. See link at left for the complete article.|
|Berkeley Optometry Professor Receives Dean's Award Lecture from LSU School of Medicine, Neuroscience Center of Excellence|
|Award Lecture||On April 17, 2012, Karsten Gronert, PhD received the Dean's Award from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Neuroscience Center of Excellence, for his "Contributions to the Understanding of Protective Lipid Circuits in the Cornea and for Outstanding Academic Leadership." See Abstract.|
|Berkeley Optometry Professor Links Estrogen with Slower Wound Healing|
|Wound Healing & Estrogen (FASEB)||The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) reports in its April 2012 issue that a study conducted by Berkeley Optometry Professor Karsten Gronert, PhD provides the first evidence that mild injury response in the eye is fundamentally different in males and females because of estrogen receptors.|
|Berkeley Optometry Offers Free Medical Clinics|
|RAM||Free Eye Care to Underserved Communities
Berkeley Optometry participates in a RAM (Remote Area Medical) initiative from March 22 to 25, 2012.
|First-Year Student Selected as a Schweitzer Fellow|
|Leis||Laura Leis: Schweitzer Fellow for 2012-2013
Berkeley Optometry is thrilled to announce that Laura Leis, Class of 2015, has been selected as a Schweitzer Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year.
|Berkeley Optometry Professor Honored|
|Video Games||Dennis Levi, PhD, OD, FAAO, Dean (2011)
Professor and Dean of Optometry Dennis Levi and his co-researchers discover that video games can help treat adults with amblyopia.
|SF Chronicle features Berkeley Optometry's Home Visit Program|
|Home Visit Program||Eye Care for those unable to leave their homes (2011)
The Berkeley Optometry Home Visit Program has been features in the San Francisco Chronicle. Begun in 1999, the program provides regular eye exams to patients unable to leave their homes, while also teaching students how to care for physically or cognitively impaired patients.
|Fourth Annual Berkeley Optometry Magazine|
|Berkeley Optometry Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1
(PDF = 2.9 MB)
|Berkeley Optometry Magazine, Fall 2011
The fourth issue of Berkeley Optometry Magazine Vol. 4 features articles on prevention of diabetic retinal complications, humanitarian efforts around the globe, origins of the famed Orinda Study, life with guide dogs, and philanthropy in public education. There is also a message from the dean, letters to and comments from the editor, and an interview with our new executive director of alumni relations, along with sections on student focus, news & notes, faculty spotlight, class notes, alumni benefits, school support, Meredith Morgan Society, endowments, Benjamin Wheeler Society, and capital campaign..
|Largest-ever Student Gift to Berkeley Optometry!|
|Paying It Forward||Current optometry students (though UCOSA) donate $250,000 to Berkeley Optometry (2010)
The UC Optometric Student Association has made the largest-ever outright gift by current students in the history of giving on the Berkeley campus. The unprecedented donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Chancellor's Challenge for Student Support.
|3D Research at Berkeley|
|3D News Story||Professor interviewed about his 3D research
ABC News (Feb. 24, 2010): Martin S. Banks, professor of optometry and vision science, was interviewed by news station KGO (ABC7) in San Francisco in regard to stereo media displays and "3D fatigue."
See Banks 3D News Story [remote link].