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Research Lecture Series

The NECO Research Lecture Series offers a series of lectures with recognized vision scientists presenting 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 scheduled events take place at the College from 5 pm - 6 pm on Tuesday nights. One hour of Mass CE credit will be offered.


2018 Research Lecture Series

New England College of Optometry is pleased to announce the 2018 Fall Research Lecture Series. More information about the 2018 Fall Series will be posted late summer/early fall when it becomes available. For more information, please contact Dr. Thanasis Panorgias or Ashley Tortora, 617-587-5628.

Fall 2018 Series

  • September 11, 2018: Dr. David Sullivan, MEEI & SERI
    TOPIC: How to turn them on and off: Regulation of human meibomian gland epithelial cells in health and disease
  • September 18, 2018: Dr. Louis Pasquale, MEEI
    TOPIC: Genes and environment in primary open angle glaucoma'
  • September 25, 2018: Dr. John Nolan, Waterfront Institute of Technology, Ireland
    TOPIC: Macular pigment supplementation: A prescription for vision and cognitive health
  • October 16, 2018:  Dr. Sam Ling, Boston University
    TOPIC: Visual neuroscience (cortex)
  • October 30, 2018: Dr. Tobias Elze, MEEI & SERI
    TOPICGlaucoma and myopia
  • November 13, 2018:  Dr. Charles Hillman, Northeastern
    TOPICChildhood exercise and cognition
  • November 27, 2018:  Dr. Steven Savage, SERI
    TOPICLow Vision and Driving
  • December 4, 2018:   Dr. Magall Saint-Geniez, MEEI & SERI
    TOPICRetinal Degeneration

Previous Research Lecture Series

Spring 2018 Series

  • January 16, 2018: Lotfi Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH, Mass. Eye and Ear
    TOPIC: Novel Assessment Approaches for Pediatric Ocular vs Cerebral Causes of Visual Impairment
  • January 23, 2018: Dr. Concetta Alberti, 
    TOPIC: Using Extra-Foveal Vision in Everyday Life
  • January 30, 2018: Dr. Ella Striem-Amit
    TOPIC: Visual cortex experience-independent development
  • February 6, 2018:  Dr. Chris Taylor, New England College of Optometry
    TOPIC: Signals and noises in Development and Perception
  • February 13, 2018: Dr. James Akula
    TOPICVascular, Neural, and Refractive Development in Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • February 20, 2018:  Dr. Ramkumar Ramamirtham 
    TOPICHigh-Order Aberrations in Normal and Ametropic Monkeys
  • February 27, 2018:  Dr. Emily Wiecek
    TOPICVisual Dysfunction in a Multidisciplinary Concussion Clinic
  • March 2, 2018:   Dr. Sangeetha Matlapally
    TOPICThe influence of optical aberrations on directional cues to accommodation and stereo-depth perception
  • March 27, 2018:  Dr. Frank Thorn, New England College of Optometry
    TOPICFirst Sight. How quickly can a child blinded by congenital dense bilateral cataracts learn to perform visual tasks after cataract removal?
  • April 3, 2018:  Dr. Robert Massof 
    TOPICLow vision enhancement with head-mounted video display systems: Are we there yet?

Fall 2017 Research Lecture Series

  • September 5th 2017: Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD. Boston University 
    TOPIC: Visual Perception, Attention, and Cognition in Parkinson's Disease
  • September 26th 2017: Jeremy Wolfe, PhD. Harvard University
    TOPIC: The Incidental Gorilla: Or….I am an optometrist, why should I care about visual search?
  • October 17th 2017: Ennio Mingolla, PhD, MEd. Northeastern University
    TOPIC: Ordinal Depth from Kinetic Texture Displays: A Model of Human Perception and a Neurally-inspired Algorithm for Video Streams
  • October 31st 2017: Stephen Christiansen, MD. Boston University Medical Center
    TOPIC: Eyes and Ears - Syndromic and Non-Syndromic Ocular-Auricular Associations
  • November 7th 2017: Elizabeth Johnson, PhD. Tufts University
    TOPIC: Nutrition and the Aging Eye
  • November 14, 2017: Vickery Trinkaus-Randall, PhD. BU School of Medicine
    TOPIC: Changes in the Wound Healing Edge with a Rodent Diabetic Model - Indications of Faulty Repair
  • November 28th 2017: Johanna Seddon, MD, ScM. Tufts University
  • December 5th 2017: Rami Burstein, PhD. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Spring 2017 Research Lecture Series

  • 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   
    TOPICDetecting pedestrians by patients with ARMD
  • February 21, 2017:  Dr. Arash Yazdanbakhsh, Boston University   
    TOPICVision and ocular motility in Parkinson's disease
  • February 28, 2017:  Dr. Shelley Fried, Harvard-MGH   
    TOPICRetinal prostheses
  • March 21, 2017:   Dr. Alexandra Benavente-Perez, SUNY Optometry  
    TOPICMyopia control
  • March 28, 2017:  Dr. Haiyan Gong, Boston University   
    TOPICTrabecular outflow in primary open-angle glaucoma
  • April 4, 2017:  Dr. Savon Roy, Boston University   
    TOPICDiabetic retinopathy
  • April 11, 2017:   Dr. Mark Harwood,  East London University   
    TOPIC: Acuity and eye movements

2016 Research Lecture Series Speaker and Topic List