Dr Eduardo Solessio, PhD

Dr. Eduardo Solessio

Dr Eduardo Solessio is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and the Center for Vision Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is a retinal physiologist with extensive experience in studies of animal visual function and behavior.

One aspect of Dr Solessio's work is to understand how diabetes leads to visual impairment. His goal is to identify early vision losses that may be an important predictor of impending retinopathy. In collaboration with Dr. Yumiko Umino, also of the Center for Vision Research, Dr Solessio is studying the relationship between retinal function and visual sensitivity using a mouse model of diabetes. Understanding how early vision loss relates to retinal pathology may not only point to more effective tests and early treatment: evidence of subtle, early loss of vision may help convince patients to adhere to strict glycemic controls at very early stages of the disease.

Dr Solessio also collaborated with Dr Robert Barlow in his study of blood glucose levels and vision that led to the discovery that chronic hypoglycemia causes late-onset retinal degeneration.

Dr. Solessio has co-authored chapters in two textbooks. His work is published in Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Physiology (London), Journal of General Physiology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Visual Neuroscience, Journal of Cell Biology, American Zoologist, Progress in Brain Research, PLoS, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, and Revista Telegrafica (Argentina). He collaborates with Drs. Barry Knox, Andrea Viczian, and Mike Zuber of SUNY Upstate Medical University; Vadim Ar-shavsky of Duke University, and Nicolas Cuenca of Universidad de Alicante in Spain.

Dr. Solessio's research is funded by Research to Prevent Blindness and the Lions Club of Central New York. He has received the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, and the Fight for Sight-Prevent Blindness America Research Award. He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.