Thursday, December 23, 2021

Utah Electrode Array As Tool To Provide Functional Vision On December 26 Show

Dr. Richard Normann (University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT)

Dr. Richard Normann, distinguished professor emeritus of biomechanical engineering and ophthalmology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, explains the Utah Electrode Array, which uses eyeglasses, a miniature video camera, and a microelectrode array inserted into the visual cortex to provide functional vision enabling users to make out simple shapes.

12/26/2021 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season On December 12 Show

Braille Institute of America (Los Angeles, CA)

Maribel Spell, an instructor at Braille Institute of America, in Los Angeles, California, goes over an assortment of gift ideas including large print keyboards, large print and Braille measuring cups and spoons, large print playing cards, low vision and Braille versions of Bingo, Scrabble, and Uno, talking watches, talking clocks, Wikki Stix, and a beeping foam ball.  For more information, visit BIA's Vistas Store page.

12/12/2021 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Smart Augmented White Cane and Non-Toxic Protein As Possible Treatment For Glaucoma On December 5 Show

Augmented White Cane (Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA)

Dr. Susan Quaggin (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - Chicago, IL)

Arjun Tambe, symbolic systems graduate, at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California, explains, the relatively lightweight and inexpensive Augmented White Cane, which uses many sensors to detect and identify objects and obstacles and guide users around those obstacles.

Dr. Susan Quaggin, chief of nephrology and hypertension at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, discusses how a non-toxic protein, Hepta-ANGPT1, tested in mice, could potentially be used a treatment for primary congenital glaucoma and open angle glaucoma.

12/5/2021 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, November 12, 2021

Prozac To Treat Dry AMD and Vision Buddy Goggles To Watch TV, As Magnifier, And OCR Device

Dr. Bradley Gelfand (University of Virginia Center for Advanced Vision Science - Charlottesville, VA)

Vision Buddy (Dublin, CA)

Dr. Bradley Gelfand, assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology at the Center for Advanced Vision Science at the University of Virginia, explains how fluoxetine (Prozac) could possibly be repurposed to treat dry form of age-related macular degeneration.

Then, Zack Afridi, co-CEO and CSO of Vision Buddy, discusses how the electronic wearable goggles can be used to enhance the television watching experience, used as a magnifier, and used as an optical character recognition device.

11/14/2021 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, October 29, 2021

ViewPlus VP Rogue Braille Embosser with Tactile Graphics and CRISPR Used For Gene Editing To Treat Leber Congenital Amaurosis

VP Rogue (ViewPlus Technologies - Corvallis, OR)

Dr. Mark Pennesi (Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR)

Dan Gardner, CEO of ViewPlus Technologies, in Corvallis, Oregon, discusses the VP Rogue Sheet and Trac, which are braille embossers, capable of producing high resolution tactile graphics.

Then, Dr. Mark Pennesi, professor of ophthalmology, at Casey Eye Institute, at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland, explains how a gene editing technique called, CRISPR, can be used to treat Leber Congenital Amaurosis.

10/31/2021 (Click Image Below) 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

School-Based Vision For Baltimore Program and Treating Dry Eye with Eye Drops Derived From Corneal Epithelial Stem Cells

Dr. Megan Collins (Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute - Baltimore, MD)

Dr. Hiranmoy Das (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy - Amarillo, TX)

Dr. Megan Collins, an assistant professor of ophthalmology, at Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute, discusses Vision for Baltimore, a city-wide program to expand school-based vision services for all students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in Baltimore City public schools. 

Then, Dr. Hiranmoy Das, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, explains how eye drops can be derived from corneal epithelial stem cells to treat severe dry eye disease.

10/24/2021 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, September 17, 2021

Anesthetizing Good Eye To Strengthen Bad Eye In Amblyopia and 3D Color Camera and Auditory Cues Used With Robotic Canes

Dr. Mark Bear (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA)

Image courtesy of Cang Ye (Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA)

Dr. Mark Bear, Picower Professor of Neuroscience in the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains how anesthetizing the "good" eye in amblyopia for a short period of time in different species of mammals can help treat strengthen the amblyopic eye.

Dr. Cang Ye, professor of computer science, in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering, discusses how a robotic cane uses a 3D color camera, on-board computer, and inertial measurement sensor to guide users.

 09/19/2021 Podcast (Click Image Below)

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