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Research Lecture Series

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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. One hour of Mass CE credit will be offered. Unless indicated otherwise, the research lecture series take place at the College from 5 pm - 6 pm on Tuesday nights.

Fall 2016 Series

New England College of Optometry is pleased to announce it's 2016 Fall 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.

September 6, 2016:  Dr. Neda Baniasadi, University of Massachusetts
October 11, 2016:  Dr. Michele Rucci, Boston University
October 25, 2016:  Dr. Eli Peli, Schepens Eye Research Institute
November 1, 2016: Dr. Hesheng Liu, Harvard University
November 15, 2016:  Dr. Pauline Kang, University of New South Wales
November 16, 2016:   Dr. Maria Liu, University of California, Berkeley
November 29, 2016:   Dr. Anna Kosovicheva, Northeastern University
December 6, 2016:   Dr. Alex Hwang, Schepens Eye Research Institute

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

Please visit Continuing Education for more information on the continuing education credit.

Previous Series - Spring 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. 


  • 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

Fall 2015 Research Lecture Series

Previous RLS Speakers