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) 

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