Eyecatching News Archive

Distinguished Lecture in Vision Series




Distinguished Service Award

Photo courtesy of Marc J. Safran, MD

John A. Hoepner, MD was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Onondaga County Medical Society. At their annual dinner meeting on November 2, 2009, the Onondaga County Medical Society declared that John A. Hoepner, MD has rendered distinguished service to the Onondaga County Medical Society, area physicians and hospitals, patients and the general public. In his roles as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Upstate Medical University, Director of the University's Center for Vision Care, Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at Crouse Hospital, Consultant for the Medical Advisory Committee of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Consultant for Welch-Allyn, Inc., Member of the Boards of Directors of the Lighthouse/Aurora, Veterans Administration Medical Center Chief of Staff Search Committee, Member of the Task Force on Eye Care Delivery Systems and the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member of the Executive Committee of Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine, Author, Lecture Presenter, and Officer of the Onondaga County Medical Society, he has brought great honor to himself and the profession of medicine. The Onondaga County Medical Society, in recognition of the outstanding leadership talents and highest professional and personal standards of Dr. John A. Hoepner, as physician, teacher, and researcher, confers its Distinguished Service Award as a mark of the esteem in which he is held by the members of this Society. Signed: Gregory A. Threatte, MD President OCMS.

Fall Faculty Convocation

Dr. Robert Barlow and Dr. Michael Zuber from the Department of Ophthalmology received awards during the Fall Faculty Convocation on September 19, 2007. Dr. Barlow received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Schoarlship and Creative Activities. Dr. Zuber received the President's Award for Excellence and Leadership in Basic Research by a Young Investigator. Both awards were presented to the recipients by President David Smith. The Department extends its congratulations to both award winners.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Barlow Dr. Smith and Dr. Zuber
Left: Dr. David Smith with Dr. Robert Barlow Right: Dr. David Smith with Dr. Michael Zuber

Robert B. Barlow Twelfth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Claude Desplan, PhD
New York University
Director, Center for Developmental Genetics
Processing of Color Information in Drosophila

Lecture held: October 19, 2012

Robert B. Barlow Eleventh Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Samuel Miao-Sin Wu, PhD
Cullen Eye Institute
Baylor College of Medicine

Rod and Cone Signaling Pathways in Normal, Mutant and Diseased Retinas

Lecture held: October 17, 2011

Robert B. Barlow Tenth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Gregory S. Hageman, PhD
The University of Utah School of Medicine
John A. Moran Eye Center
Director, John A. Moran Center for Translational Research
John A. Moran Presidential Professor of Ophthalmology

A New Era in Our Understanding of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Lecture held: October 7, 2010

Ninth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Robert S. Molday, PhD
The University of British Columbia
Canada Research Chair in Vision and Macular Degeneration
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Director, Centre for Macular Research

Pathogenic Mechanisms and Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Lecture held: March 8, 2008

Eighth Distinguished Lecture in Vision


Constance L. Cepko, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Department of Genetics and
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Determination of Retinal Cell Fates

Lecture held: October 19, 2007

Seventh Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Thaddeus P. Dryja, MD
Director, Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Hereditary Photoreceptor Diseases

Lecture held: Friday, March 10, 2006

Sixth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

David H. Hubel, MD, PhD
1981 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology
Research Professor of Neurobiology
Harvard University

Vision and Brain: Possible Physiological Basis for Some Common Illusions

Lecture held: Friday, April 1, 2005

Fifth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Night Blindness and the State of Rod Photo Receptors in Retinitis Pigmentosa

Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD

Director of the National Eye Institute
Bethesda, Maryland

Lecture held: Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Fourth Distinguished Lecture in Vision

From Mouse to Man: Characterization and Regulation of Genes Causing Retinal Degeneration

Debora B. Farber, PhD, DPhhc

Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, and Co-Chief of the Vision Science Division

Lecture held: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Third Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Molecular Biology of Visual Pigments

Jeremy H. Nathans, MD, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Lecture held: Monday, March 26, 2001

Second Distinguished Lecture in Vision

Searching for Visual System Mutations in Zebrafish

John E. Dowling, PhD

Harvard College Professor and
Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Natural Science
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University

Lecture held: Friday, March 3, 2000

First Distinguished Lecture in Vision

1981 Nobel Laureate, Torsten N. Wiesel, MD, FRS visited Syracuse on March 4, 1999. Dr. Wiesel is President Emeritus and Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior at Rockefeller University. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the University Center for Vision Research.

Robert B. Barlow, PhD, of University Center for Vision Research hosted Dr. Wiesel's lecture entitled, "Brain Mechanisms of Vision." Dr. Barlow described Dr. Wiesel as a "hero" and "a most outstanding role model for young scientists."

After his lecture, which was standing room only in the Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, Dr. Wiesel was guest of honor at an exclusive lunch. Exceptional neuroscience graduate students, and program candidates lucky enough to be touring the S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University's campus that day, were invited to attend. The group enjoyed this unique opportunity to talk openly with a renowned researcher. One student said of Dr. Wiesel, "Not only is he a great scientist, he's such a nice person."

Dr. Wiesel rounded out his visit with an informal meeting with the vision scientists of University Center for Vision Research.

"Living Fossils"

Dr. Robert Barlow's Vision Research Featured on Discovery Channel Program

The Discovery Channel program, "Living Fossils", broadcast October 14, 1998, featured the research of Dr. Robert Barlow, of the University Center for Vision Research. Dr. Barlow's research centers on horseshoe crabs and how they "see."