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Neuroscience and Vision Symposium

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A series of symposia are being organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Eye Institute and to showcase the impact and interface of vision with diverse aspects of biology and medicine. The goal of these symposia is to foster collaborative interactions with colleagues within and outside of the NIH research community and to promote new initiatives for understanding the biology of vision and blindness.

The symposium “Neuroscience and Vision” focused on the development of neural circuits, neuronal cell imaging and physiology, detection of sensory stimuli, neural mechanisms underlying visual perception, and neurological disorders. The speakers discussed recent accomplishments and challenges in the field of neuroscience, with a focus on the visual system.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
4:00-5:30 p.m.
National Institutes of Health Natcher Building—Balconies A-B (Building 45)

Friday, November 20, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center—Lipsett Amphitheatre (Building 10)

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* About this Image - This image shows several major types of retinal neurons in a vertical section view. The blue cells are cone photoreceptors. The green and red cells are On and Off bipolar cells that receive inputs from the photoreceptor cells and then relay signals to the ganglion cells (magenta). The axons of the ganglion cells form the optic nerve that conveys all the visual information to the brain for further processing, ultimately generating visual sensations. The gray trace shows a train of spikes recorded from the thalamic reticular nucleus. (The brain image provided courtesy of HowStuffWorks.com)