Friday, December 20, 2019

Low Vision's Impact On Healthy Lifestyles and A Molecular Mechanism As A Key To Understanding Glaucoma On December 22 Show

Dr. Laura Dreer (University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham, AL)

Dr. Nicholas Delamere (University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ)

Dr. Laura Dreer of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences discusses a grant that will explore low vision's effect on healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Then, the University of Arizona Head of Physiology's Dr. Nick Delamere explains how a molecular mechanism might regulate pressure in the eye as a key in treating glaucoma.

12/22/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Translating Memes and Elovanoids' Role In Treating AMD and Alzheimer's On December 15 Show

Meme Translation (Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr. Nicolas Bazan (LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, LA)

Cole Gleason, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute discusses technology that better conveys the meaning of memes to those with visual impairments.

Then, Dr. Nicholas Bazan of LSU Health Sciences Center talks about bioactive chemical messengers, called elovanoids, and their possible effects in treating age-related macular degeneration and Alzheimer's disease.

12/15/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Link Between Central Subfield Thickness Stability and Drier Retina, And 3D Tactile Display For Blind

Dr. Chirag Jhaveri (University of Texas at Austin)

Alexa Fay Siu (Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA)

Dr. Chirag Jhiveri of the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School discusses a link between stability of central subfield thickness with a drier retina in treating age-related macular degeneration.

Then, Prof. Sean Follmer and Alexa Fay Siu of the Stanford SHAPE lab discuss a tactile device that can convey 3D shapes to blind and visually impaired users.

11/17/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Studying Rhodopsin For Retinitis Pigmentosa and Braille Instructions For Lego On November 9 Show

Dr. David Kliger (University of California - Santa Cruz)

Matthew Shifrin (Photo:
Washington Post)

Dr. David Kliger of the University of California - Santa Cruz discusses how his research team has developed a way to study rhodopsin as it enters light to better understand how its mutations cause retinitis pigmentosa.

Then, avid Lego fan, Matthew Shifrin, discusses he has developed detailed instructions for complex Lego sets that are now available in audio and Braille formats.

11/10/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Updates On Menus4All and Domino's Website Accessibility Case On October 20 Show


Chris Danielsen (National Federation of the Blind - Baltimore, MD)

Stephanie Jones talks about Menus4All, which has links to over 50,000 menus across the country that are in accessible formats to those with visual impairment.

Then, Chris Danielsen of the National Federation of the Blind goes over the ramifications of the United States Supreme Court not hearing a case regarding the inaccessibility of Domino's Pizza's website.

October 20 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Vital Vitamins' Importance on Vision and Clovernook's Reopening and Activities On October 6 Show

Dr. Andrew Lee (Houston Methodist Hospital - Houston, TX)

Clovernook Center For The Blind and Visually Impaired (Memphis, TN)

Dr. Andrew Lee, a neuro-ophthalmologist at Houston Methodist Hospital explains how the inclusion or exclusion of vital nutrients in your diets can be beneficial or harmful for eye health.

Then, Stephanie Jones of Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Memphis discusses the center's coming reopening, activities, and White Cane Awareness Day on October 15.

10/6/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Web Content Accessiblity Guidelines and Experimental Retinal Implant For Dry Form Of AMD

Glenda Sims (Deque Systems - Herndon, VA)

Dr. Amir Kashani (University of Southern California - Los Angeles)

Glenda Sims of Deque Systems in Herndon, Virginia, discusses a report that exposes the relative inaccessibility of the internet to those with visual impairment and official Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Then, Dr. Amir Kashani of the University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute explains an experimental stem cell retinal implant that could potentially treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration.

9/22/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Eye Bonds Bill and Tri-State Adaptive Sports Association On September 15 Show

Ben Shaberman (Foundation Fighting Blindness - Columbia, MD)

Tri-State Adaptive Sports Association (Memphis, TN)

Ben Shaberman of The Foundation Fighting Blindness discusses the Eye Bonds bill which, if passed, would fund translational research and advance treatments and cures for blindness and other eye conditions.

Curtis Tillman talks about the programs and mission of the Tri-State Adaptive Sports Association (TASA) and the activities scheduled on October 5, National Blind Sports Day, at Marion Hale Community Center, on 4791 Willow Road in Memphis.

9/15/2019 Podcast (Click Link Below)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Visual Cortical Prosthesis System and Football Helmet With Tinted Visor On August 18 Show

Dr. Nader Pouratian (UCLA - Los Angeles, CA)

Dr. Kathy Weise (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

UCLA's Dr. Nader Pouratian explains a visual cortical prosthesis system that can restore visual perception to those who are blind.

Then, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Dr. Kathy Weise discusses a football helmet with a special tinted visor that allows students with extreme light sensitivity the chance to play high school football in the state of Alabama.

8/18/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Marty Schultz and ObjectiveEd On August 4 Show

Marty Schultz - ObjectiveEd

Marty Schultz, president of ObjectiveEd, explains how its massive array of video games are used to motivate students with disabilities to master skills and lessons both at home and in the regular education classroom.  Progress can be monitored by teachers and parents on a web dashboard.

8/4/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, July 19, 2019

NEI's Dr. Bevil Conway and University of Rochester's Colleen Schneider on July 21 Show

Dr. Bevil Conway (National Eye Institute - Bethesda, MD)

Colleen Scheider (University of Rochester - Rochester, NY)

The National Eye Institute's Dr. Bevil Conway discusses how the brain's visual system is more sensitive to the color of faces than to the colors of other things or objects.

Then, the University of Rochester's Colleen Schneider talks about how strokes can affect vision and surprising areas of vision that could potentially be restored that have intact connections between the eye and brain following strokes.

7/21/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Myopia and Glaucoma On July 14 Show

Dr. Michele Andrews (CooperVision)

Dr. Sylvia Groth (Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Nashville, TN)

Dr. Michele Andrews of CooperVision discusses myopia, its treatments, and how myopia affects children.

Dr. Sylvia Groth of Nashville's Vanderbilt Eye Institute talks about glaucoma, its traditional treatments, and new neuroprotection research.

7/14/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Epileptic Children Retaining Visual Perception Following Brain Surgery and Third Phase Of Catalyst For A Cure In Glaucoma Research

Dr. Marlene Behrmann (Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr. David Calkins (Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN)

Carnegie Mellon University's Dr. Marlene Behrmann explains how epileptic children's brains can rewire themselves to retain visual perception following brain surgery.

 Then, Vanderbilt University's Dr. David Calkins discusses the Glaucoma Research Foundation's Catalyst For A Cure Vision Restoration Initiative. 6/16/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)                                       

Monday, June 3, 2019

Possibility of Lutein-Rich Foods Helping With Eye Disease and Lucia Accessible Mobile Phone

Sarah Francis (Iowa State University - Ames, IA)

Lucia (RAZ Mobility, Vienna, VA)

Sarah Francis, an associate professor of nutrition at Iowa State University goes over studies that show a possible link between lutein-rich foods and a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration and a possible, but not established, link between lutein-rich foods and lower risk of cataracts.

Then, the CEO of RAZ Mobility, Robert Felgar, explains the functions of Lucia, an accessible mobile phone, for those with visual impairment or who are blind.  

6/2/2019 Podcast (Click Link Below)

Friday, May 17, 2019

RetinaScope and EyeArt Combine For Earlier Detection Of Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Yannis Paulus (University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center - Ann Arbor, MI)

Michael Aaberg (University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center - Ann Arbor, MI)

Dr. Yannis Paulus, assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and Michael Aaberg, research assistant, at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center discuss a smartphone software platform called RetinaScope, which works with an artificial intelligence software platform called EyeArt to provide quick and accurate detection of diabetic retinopathy

5/19/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, May 3, 2019

LS&S Products and Study On Treatment On Diabetic Macular Edema On Those With Good Vision

Dr. Carl W. Baker (L) (Paducah Retinal Center - Paducah, KY)

Big Larry LED Flashlight

COIL Hi Power LED Hand Magnifier 3.0x/8.0D

Big Eye Floor Lamp

Melissa Balbach of LS&S Products goes over Big Eye Lamps, LED magnifiers, and Larry lights.

Dr. Carl W. Baker of Paducah Retinal Center in Kentucky discusses the results of a study that compares the effectiveness of watchful waiting, injecting Eylea, and laser photocoagulation in treating those with diabetic macular edema that still have good vision.

5/5/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Presbyopia and The Braille Me Braille Display On April 17 Show

Dr. Susan Resnick (Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry)

Braille Me (Innovision)

Dr. Susan Resnick, an optometrist and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, discusses presbyopia, which is the gradual loss of the eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects as they age, and a survey that shows many do not understand the eye condition.

Karl Belanger, nonvisual accessibility analyst for the National Federation of the Blind, gives his analysis of Innovision's twenty-cell Braille display called the Braille Me.

4/21/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

U.S. Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty and Discussion of Code Jumper On March 24 Show

Chris Danielsen (National Federation of the Blind - Baltimore, MD)

Craig Meador (L) (American Printing House for the Blind - Louisville, KY)

The National Federation of the Blind's Chris Danielsen details the United States ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which limits copyright restrictions on the reproduction of materials in accessible forms to those who are blind or visually impaired.

Then, president Craig Meador of American Printing House for the Blind explains Code Jumper, which uses a hub, pods, plugs, and cords, to teach students about computer coding.

3/24/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Brain Blending Signals From Both Eyes and Finding Culprit Gene For Pigmentary Glaucoma On March 10 Show

Dr. Alex Maier (Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN)

Dr. Michael Walter (University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB)

Vanderbilt University's Dr. Alex Maier explains new research into how and when the brain blends signals from both eyes into one and how that could possibly change how amblyopia is treated.

Then, the University of Alberta's Dr. Michael Walter talks about pigmentary glaucoma and how a culprit gene, PMEL, was identified.

3/10/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Research Seeking Out Genes and Genetic Variants Linked to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. Anand Swaroop (National Eye Institute - Bethesda, MD)

Dr. Anand Swaroop of the National Eye Institute goes over research that seeks out genes and genetic variants linked to age-related macular degeneration and a database of retinal gene expression, known as EyeGex.

2/23/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Stem Cell Therapy Patch and Eltrinex V12Pro Digital Recorder On February 10 Show

Dr. Kapil Bharti (National Eye Institute - Bethesda, MD)

Eltrinex V12Pro Talking Digital Voice Recorder

Dr. Kapil Bharti of the National Eye Institute discusses a stem cell eye therapy patch tested in pigs that could be used to treat age-related macular degeneration.

Then, Melissa Balbach of LS&S Products in Buffalo, New York, explains the Eltrinex V12Pro
Talking Digital Voice Recorder.

2/10/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Effects On THC and CBD on Glaucoma and QBraille XL on January 27 Show

Dr. Alex Straiker (Indiana University - Bloomington, IN)

HIMS QBraille XL

Dr. Alex Straiker of the Indiana University Gill Center for Biomolecular Medicine goes over studies that show the differing effects of cannabinoids, THC and CBD, found in marijuana, on treating glaucoma.

Then, Karl Belanger of the National Federation of the Blind details his product evaluation of the HIMS QBraille XL 40-cell Braille display.

1/27/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Study and Survey Regarding Job Retention and Career Advancement - NRTC at Mississippi State University

Adele Crudden (NRTC at Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS)

Anne Steverson (NRTC at Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS)
Adele Crudden and Anne Steverson of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University discuss a study of state vocational rehabilitation agencies and a survey regarding job retention and career advancement of those blind and visually impaired individuals, who have been paid at least minimum wage.

1/13/2019 Podcast (Click Image Below)

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