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Vision Science Journal Club

A Discussion of Contemporary Vision Research

​The Department of Ophthalmology is pleased to announce the start of the Vision Research Journal Club!  This journal club will broadly cover contemporary literature in the visual sciences.  Everyone is welcome – our goal is to assemble the diverse vision research community present within the University and learn from each other.  We will meet the 3rd Friday of each month during the academic year from 12 PM – 1 PM in the Ophthalmology Conference Room (RC-1 North, room 5109).  As we are meeting at noon, you are encouraged to bring your lunch with you.


If you are interested in presenting at the Journal Club, please contact Dr. Brzezinski or Spencer LaFasto to be added to our list of presenters.

2015 - 2016 Presentation Schedule


September 11, 2015 - Niklaus Mueller, PhD
Reactivation of the PI3K/Akt Signaling Pathway by the Bisperoxovanadium Compound bpV(pic) Attenuates Photoreceptor Apoptosis in Experimental Retinal Detachment

October 16, 2015 - Kun-Che (Gary) Chang, PhD
Chronic Hypertension Increases Susceptibility to Acute IOP Challenge in Rats

November 20, 2015 - Stefan Rakete, PhD

December 18, 2015 - Cibin Raghavan, PhD

January 15, 2016 - Zefram Marks, PhD


February 19, 2016 - Rooban Nahomi, PhD

March 18, 2016 - Manju Saraswathy, PhD

April 15, 2016 - Tatiana Eliseeva, PhD Candidate

May 20, 2016 - TBA

2014 - 2015 Presentation Schedule
September 19, 2014 - Joseph A. Brzezinski, Ph.D
Restoration of vision after transplantation of photoreceptors

November 21, 2014 - Special Guest Lecture - G. Bhanuprakash Reddy, Ph.D.
February 20, 2015 - Tania Eliseeva​

March 20, 2015 - Omid Masihzadeh, Ph.D.

April 17, 2015 - Kun-Che (Gary) Chang, M.S.

May 15, 2015 - Rooban Nahomi, Ph.D.

2013 - 2014 Presentation Schedule

October 25, 2013 - Niklaus Mueller, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Exosomes from Retinal Astrocytes Contain Antiangiogenic Components That Inhibit Laser-induced Choroidal Neovascularization

November 15, 2013 - Kun-Che (Gary) Chang, M.S. (Ph.D. Candidate, Toxicology Program)
Whole genome sequencing in patients with retinitis pigmentosa reveals pathogenic DNA structural changes and NEK2 as a new disease gene

December 27, 2013 - Canceled due to holiday

January 24, 2014 - Tania Eliseeva (Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience Program)

February 28, 2014 - David Ammar, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Proximal inhibition of p38 MAPK stress signaling prevents distal axonopathy

March 28, 2014 - Mark Petrash, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)

April 25, 2014 - Omid Masihzadeh, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)

May 23, 2014 - Open 


2012 - 2013 Presentation Schedule 

November 6, 2012 - Joseph Brzezinski, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Photochemical restoration of visual responses in blind mice.


December 4, 2012 - Mark Petrash, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
​Therapeutic effects of systemic administration of chaperone αB-crystallin associated with binding proinflammatory plasma proteins.


January 1, 2013 - Canceled due to holiday


February 5, 2013 - Omid Masihzadeh, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Research in Progress Presentation


March 5, 2013 - Niklaus Mueller, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Analysis of the Cytoprotective Role of α-Crystallins in Cell Survival and Implication of the αA-Crystallin C-Terminal Extension Domain in Preventing Bax-Induced Apoptosis


April 2, 2013 - James Friedman, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Age-Related Retinopathy in NRF2-Deficient Mice

May 7, 2013 - ARVO Annual Meeting

June 4, 2013 - Kun-Che (Gary) Chang, M.S. (Ph.D. Candidate, Toxicology Program)
Retinal Microglial Activation and Inflammation Induced by Amadori-Glycated Albumin in a Rat Model of Diabetes


​2011 - 2012 Presentation Schedule 

April 17, 2012 - Joseph Brzezinski, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
HB-EGF is necessary and sufficient for Müller glia dedifferentiation and retina regeneration.


May 1, 2012 - ARVO Prentation Practice


May 15, 2012 - ARVO Wrap-Up and Discussion


June 5, 2012 - James Friedman, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
KLHL3 mutations cause familial hyperkalemic hypertension by impairing ion transport in the distal nephron


June 19, 2012 - Mark Petrash, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
Transcriptome analysis using next generation sequencing reveals molecular signatures of diabetic retinopathy and efficacy of candidate drugs


July 3, 2012 - Brian Laffin, Ph.D. ​(Department of Ophthalmology)
Efficient Generation of Lens Progenitor Cells from Cataract Patient–Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells


July 17, 2012 - Niklaus Mueller, Ph.D. (Department of Ophthalmology)
αB-crystallin/sHSP protects cytochrome c and mitochondrial function against oxidative stress in lens and retinal cells