Thursday, July 18, 2024

Cybersecurity Training Program For Blind and Low Vision Enrollees and Using AI and OCT Scans To Detect Inflammation From Anti-VEGF Drugs

David Mayne (Novacoast - Wichita, KS)
Dr. Sudeshna Sil Kar (Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA)


David Mayne, program director of Novacoast's Apex Program, discusses how those who are blind or have low vision can train to be cybersecurity experts.

Then, Dr. Sudeshna Sil Kar, assistant research scientist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, explains how artificial intelligence (AI) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans can be used to detect inflammation resulting from the use of anti-VEGF drugs in the fight against neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

7/21/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

AI Being Used With Ultrasound To Treat Giant Cell Arteritis and Mesogen's Development Of RPE Patches To Potentially Treat Macular Degeneration

Dr. Jay Avasarala (University of Kentucky Medical Center - Lexington, KY)

Mesogen (The Woodlands, TX)

Dr. Jay Avasarala, professor of neurology and director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, explains how artificial intelligence can be used with point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to treat Giant Cell Arteritis.

Dr. Michael Riddle, chief executive officer of Mesogen in The Woodlands, Texas, explains how bone marrow-derived stem cells can be used in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) patches to potentially treat macular degeneration.

7/14/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, June 14, 2024

COVID-19 Possibly Leading To Retinal Damage and The Science Behind Audio-Only Video Games

Dr. Pawan Singh (University of Missouri College of Medicine - Columbia, MO)

Paul Bennun (Factory 42 - Los Angeles, CA)

Dr. Pawan Singh, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, explains research involving mice indicating that the virus causing the disease, COVID-19, has the potential to cause retinal damage.

Then, chief creative officer of Factory 42, Paul Bennun, discusses the history and science of audio-only video games and the prospects for the games in the future.

6/16/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, May 31, 2024

$20 Million Contract For Portable OCT Systems and NRTC Career Mentorship Survey

Dr. Chao Zhou (Washington University - St. Louis, MO) 

Dr. Jamie Boydstun (NRTC at Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS)

Dr. Chao Zhou, professor of biomedical engineering, at the Washington University McKelvey School of Engineering in St. Louis, discusses a $20 million contract to develop portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) devices using photonic integrated circuits (PIC) to lower the cost of eye care and make eye care more accessible.

Jamie Boydstun, research scientist I, at the National Research and Training Center (NRTC) at Mississippi State University talks about a career mentorship survey evaluating effective mentorship relationships and employment outcomes.

 6/2/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Tactile Lithophanes For Visualizing Images Through Touch For Students and Author, Singer/Songwriter On Book, Album, and Working With AI

Dr. Bryan Shaw (Baylor University - Waco, TX)

Sammy SweetSpirit (Fremont, CA)

Dr. Bryan Shaw, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at Baylor University, explains how tactile lithophane codexes are being used for visualizing images through touch for students, who are blind or have low vision.

Then, author and singer/songwriter, Sammy SweetSpirit, discusses her book, "Look At It This Way:  The Blind Leading The Sighted", her album, "Something For Everyone", and working with AI.

5/26/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, May 17, 2024

TapTapSee App and U.S. Department of Justice Requiring Website Accessibility Of State and Local Governments

TapTapSee App

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

Brad Folkens, CEO and co-founder of CloudSight, Inc., explains the TapTapSee app, which allows the camera on a digital device to take pictures and use the VoiceOver function to identify the images out loud.

Then, Chris Danielsen, director of public relations for the National Federation of the Blind discusses a United States Department of Justice rule that requires state and local government websites to become more accessible to those who are blind or have low vision.

5/19/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, May 3, 2024

Examining Retina For Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and All Aboard App For Major Metro Areas

Dr. Edmund Arthur (University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham, AL)

Dr. Gang Luo (Massachusetts Eye and Ear - Boston, MA)

Dr. Edmund Arthur, Assistant Professor of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, explains how examining the retina can lead to early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.

Dr. Gang Luo, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, discusses the All_Aboard App, which uses a smartphone camera to guide users to bus stops in 10 major metro areas including New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. 

5/5/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, April 12, 2024

Novel Genetic Loci Associated With Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Discovered Through Use Of Multiancestry Biobanks

Dr. Karen Joos (Vanderbilt Eye Institute - Nashville, TN)

Dr. Jibril Hirbo (Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN)

Dr. Karen Joos, Joseph and Barbara Ellis Professor, Glaucoma Division Chief, at Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and Dr. Jibril Hirbo, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, discuss how novel genetic loci associated with primary open angle glaucoma have been discovered through an international genetic study and use of multiancestry biobanks, including BioVU.

 4/14/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Complexity Of Gene Therapy In The Retina and Study Of Certain Ethnic Groups Risks With Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. T.J. Hollingsworth (University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN)

Dr. Ann Elsner (Indiana University Bloomington - Bloomington, IN)

Dr. T.J. Hollingsworth, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center Hamilton Eye Institute in Memphis, discusses the need for increased funding for eye care research, the retina, and the complexities of gene therapy in treating the retina.

Dr. Ann Elsner, distinguished professor of optometry at Indiana University School of Optometry Bloomington, details a study showing economic barriers to eye care and increased risks for developing diabetic retinopathy for certain ethnic groups.

3/31/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, March 22, 2024

Accessible Ways Of Learning Astronomy And Macular Degeneration Experiment Aboard International Space Station

Christine Malec (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Dr. Hema Ramkumar (Oculogenex - La Habra, CA)

Accessibility consultant, Christine Malec, of Toronto, explains accessible ways of learning about astronomy with the use of alt textsonification, 3D printers, and the Chandra X-ray Laboratory.

Then, Dr. Hema Ramkumar, CEO and co-founder of Oculogenex in southern California discusses a gene therapy experiment involving female mice in the field of age-related macular degeneration research aboard the International Space Station.

3/24/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Monday, March 4, 2024

New Risk Genes Identified for Glaucoma for Those With African Ancestry And Polymers Being Used To Treat Wet Macular Degeneration

Dr. Joan O'Brien (University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA)

Dr. Eydie Miller (University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA)

Dr. Nathan Gianneschi (Northwestern University - Evanston, IL)

Dr. Jeremy Lavine (Northwestern University - Chicago, IL)

Dr. Joan O'Brien, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Penn Center for Genetics of Complex Disease and Dr. Eydie Miller, professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of glaucoma at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania go over new risk genes identified for glaucoma for those with African ancestry.

Dr. Nathan Gianneschi, Jacob and Rosaline Cohn professor at Northwestern University in Evanston and Dr. Jeremy Lavine, assistant professor of ophthalmology, at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, explain how polymers could potentially be used to treat the wet form of macular degeneration.

3/10/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, February 23, 2024

Materials, Equipment, Programs, and Other Resources Offered By NLS (National Library Service For Blind and Print Disabled)

NLS - Washington, DC

Kristen Fernekes, head of communications and outreach, for National Library Service For Blind and Print Disabled, explains the various materials, types of equipment, programs, and other resources offered by NLS.  Fernekes also goes over who the NLS serves.  

2/25/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, February 16, 2024

Accuracy And Need Of AI Diabetic Eye Exams In African-American and Latino Communities

Dr. Risa Wolf (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD)

Dr. Risa Wolf, an associate professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, explains the accuracy and need of artificial intelligence diabetic eye exams in African-American and Latino communities.   

2/18/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, January 12, 2024

Low Macular Pigment Density As Possible Warning For Glaucoma and Sickle Cell Disease Leading To Possible Vision Loss

Dr. Yao Liu (University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI)

Julie Mares, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI)

Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn (University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN)

The University of Wisconsin's Dr. Yao Liu, Director of the Teleophthalmology Program and an Investigator at McPherson Eye Research Institute at University of Wisconsin at Madison and Julie Mares, Ph.D., Professor, with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Wisconsin at Madison explain how low macular pigment density can be a possible warning for glaucoma.

Then, Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn, Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, will discuss how sickle cell disease can possibly lead to vision loss in children and adults.

1/14/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, January 5, 2024

IT Communications Analyst Remaining Active After Diagnosis With Retinitis Pigmentosa

Angela Woon (University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA)

Angela Woon, an IT communications analyst at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses moving to the United States from Malaysia and continuing to live an active life as a runner, cook, traveler and author following her diagnosis with retinitis pigmentosa.

1/7/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

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