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NECO Presents Lecture Series on Amblyopia Research

Following the successful Light In Sight lecture series last year which addressed the role of light and light-based optical technologies in our lives, New England College of Optometry announces an exciting Research Lecture Series for spring 2016 focusing on amblyopia research. The new series, titled “Amblyopia Research: Basic Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Treatment,” will include lectures about the brain’s response to amblyopic deprivation, potential pharmaceutical treatments, perceptual learning therapy, and the impact of binocular visual integration on amblyopia.

Held at the 424 Beacon Street campus in Boston, this lecture series includes a diverse set of researchers from around the country.  The Research Lecture Series is free, open to the community, and presented on selected Tuesday nights from 5 to 6 pm. One hour of Mass CE credit is offered.

A partial list of speakers and dates is shown below. More information will be published as it becomes available.  Please contact Dr. Glen McCormack at for additional information about speakers and topics.

Spring Series Speakers:

  • February 2, 2016: Mark Bear, MIT
     Exploiting Synaptic Plasticity and Metaplasticity to Treat Amblyopia
  • February 9, 2016:  David Hunter, Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • February 16, 2016: Peter Bex, Northeastern University
     Assessment of Functional Deficits in Amblyopia
  • March 22, 2016:  Takeo Hensch, Harvard University
  • 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
  • April 19, 2016: Robert Hess, McGill University
    Treating Amblyopia: A Two-eyed Approach to a Two-eyed Problem

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