October 21 Friday, Fechner Day (all 4th year [virtual] students required to attend)
Dr Benjamin Thompson, PhD
Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo
Inaugural Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of the Centre for Eye and Vision Research, a joint University of Waterloo and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Initiative
Title: Harnessing neuroplasticity to recover vision
Description: Human visual cortex neuroplasticity is pronounced during early development but declines as the brain matures. Reduced neuroplasticity in the mature brain poses a challenge for the treatment of brain-based vision disorders in adulthood. I will describe a several interventions that are designed to open windows of visual cortex neuroplasticity and enable recovery of vision. These include modified videogames, non-invasive brain stimulation, systemic drugs and exercise. Psychophysical methods play a key role in assessing the efficacy of these methods.
Join us for the lecture! There will be drawings for Fechner swag including mugs and a Fechner beach towel! Be sure to sign in to the participation sheet (sent via Zoom chat) for class providing extra credit. First and second year students be sure to submit your poster to be eligible to win a German Chocolate Cake!
Zoom link: Topic: UMSL Optometry 22nd Annual Fechner Day Lecture
Time: Oct 21, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 912 1576 7614
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