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With the College’s Research Lecture Series, we invite recognized vision scientists to present their latest research. These presentations are followed by discussions and informal receptions, allowing the College community an opportunity to become better acquainted with researchers and projects in other laboratories. The research lecture series is also a required activity for second and third year OD/MS students. All are welcome to attend. Unless indicated otherwise, the research lecture series take place at the College from 5 pm - 6 pm on Tuesday nights. One hour of Mass CE credit will be offered.

Spring 2017 Series

New England College of Optometry is pleased to announce it's 2017 Spring Research Lecture Series. A partial list of speakers and dates is posted below. More information will be published as it becomes available.  Please contact Dr. Glen McCormack for additional information.

February 7, 2017:  Dr. Patricia D'Amore, Schepens Eye Research Institute   TOPIC: Retinal angiogenisis in age-related conditions
February 14, 2017: Dr. Matt Bronstadt, Schepens Eye Research Institute   TOPIC: Detecting pedestrians by patients with ARMD
February 21, 2017:  Dr. Arash Yazdanbakhsh, Boston University   TOPIC: Vision and ocular motility in Parkinson's disease
February 28, 2017:  Dr. Shelley Fried, Harvard-MGH   TOPIC: Retinal prostheses
March 21, 2017:   Dr. Alexandra Benavente-Perez, SUNY Optometry  TOPIC: Myopia control
March 28, 2017:  Dr. Haiyan Gong, Boston University   TOPIC: Trabecular outflow in primary open-angle glaucoma
April 4, 2017:  Dr. Savon Roy, Boston University   TOPIC: Diabetic retinopathy
April 11, 2017:   Dr. Mark Harwood,  East London University   TOPIC: Acuity and eye movements

A wine and cheese reception follows each lecture. For more information, please contact Emily Bouchard, 617-587-5628. No RSVP is necessary.

Previous Series - 2016

Springing from NECO's successful Light In Sight lecture series last year, the college presented a series of lectures in the spring of 2016 revolving around the theme of "Amblyopia Research: Basic Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Treatment." Research topics included the brain's response to amblyopic deprivation, potential pharmaceutical treatments, perceptual learning therapy, and the impact of binocular visual integration on amblyopia.  The fall series included local and international researchers presenting on such topics as myopia, amblyopia, visually induced motion sickness, and peripheral visual field loss.


  • February 2, 2016: Mark Bear, MIT, Exploiting Synaptic Plasticity and Metaplasticity to Treat Ambloypia
  • February 9, 2016:  David Hunter, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Microstrabismus and Fixation Instability in Amblyopia 
  • February 16, 2016: Peter Bex, Northeastern University, Psychophysical Assessment of Binocular Vision in Amblyopia
  • March 22, 2016:  Takeo Hensch, Harvard University, Lifting the Brakes on Visual Cortical Plasticity
  • March 29, 2016: Fuensanta Vera-Diaz, New England College of Optometry, A Flicker Therapy for the Treatment of Amblyopia?
  • April 5, 2016:  Dennis Levi, University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, Recovering Stereovision
  • April 12, 2016: Yi Pang, Illinois College of Optometry, Amblyopia: Treatment Outcomes and Underlying Mechanisms
  • April 19, 2016: Robert Hess, McGill University, Plasticity of the Adult Visual System
  • September 6, 2016:  Dr. Neda Baniasadi, University of Massachusetts, Glaucoma Imaging and Image Processing​
  • October 11, 2016:  Dr. Michele Rucci, Boston University, The Inseparable Link Between Perception and Action
  • October 25, 2016:  Dr. Eli Peli, Schepens Eye Research Institute, The Risk of Pedestrian Collisions with Peripheral Visual Field Loss​
  • November 1, 2016: Dr. Hesheng Liu, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Robust Decoding of Visual Information from the Human Brain​
  • November 15, 2016:  Dr. Pauline Kang, University of New South Wales, Myopia Control with Orthokeratology
  • November 16, 2016:   Dr. Maria Liu, University of California, Berkeley, Evidence-based Management of Progressive Myopia: A 3-year Perspective from Berkeley Myopia Control Clinic
  • November 29, 2016:   Dr. Anna Kosovicheva, Northeastern University, Assessment of Binocular Function in Amblyopia with Psychophysics and Eye Tracking
  • December 6, 2016:   Dr. Alex Hwang, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Visually Induced Motion Sickness (VIMS) in Stereoscopic 3D Display

Fall 2015 Research Lecture Series

Previous RLS Speakers

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