Follow that car, eh, dot!
What if an eye health exam could become as simple as following a moving and jumping dot on a screen for a few minutes? In a paper in the journal “Frontiers in Neurology”, Alessandro Grillini and co-authors show that the … Continued
EGRET finale on Sept. 8th
Another great European Training Program is nearing its end. To celebrate and highlight the achievements, we will hold an (on-line) symposium. To register, visit the egret website.
Using fMRI to determine the presence of actual cortical reorganization following ocular or cortical lesions requires being aware of many potential pitfalls. In a recent paper in the journal “Neuroimage”, Gokul Prabhakaran and co-authors report on one more such an … Continued
Using VR and Eye tracking in visual rehabilitation
The incorporation of Virtual Reality (VR) and Eye tracking can provide advantages for assessment and training in visual rehabilitation to both patients and therapists. Birte Gestefeld and colleagues conclude this in their paper in the journal “Vision Rehabilitation International”. You … Continued
Congratulations, dr. Joana!
Congratulations to Joana Carvalho for successfully defending her PhD thesis entitled ‘Plasticity of cortical visual field representations’. Joana defended her thesis on the 6th of July of 2020 and will continue her scientific career as a postdoctoral researcher at the … Continued
Can you see it all at once?
Some people have trouble seeing multiple things at once and discovering relations between items in a scene. This is simultanagnosia. It can occur in patients with acquired brain injury. In the journal “Applied Neuropsychology: Adult”, Stefanie de Vries and colleagues … Continued
OptiVisT to promote the participation of people with a visual impairment
The European Union has granted our new training grant OptiVisT! In order to promote the social participation of people with a visual impairment, it is essential to have a good picture of their visual functioning. Conventional ophthalmic tests (for example … Continued
KNAW Grant for new collaboration with Spinoza Center for Neuroimaging
The Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology of the UMCG together with the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging received a grant from the KNAW-research fund (€250.000) for studying the human neurocircuitry by expanding the Dutch neuroscientist network. The project aims to kick-off a … Continued
To train or not to train?
Visual restitution training may improve the vision of people with hemianopia, yet not all patients benefit equally from this long and exhaustive procedure. Would it not be great if we could predict who will benefit and who will not? In … Continued
Tiny is beautiful!
Assessing population receptive field (pRF) properties is fundamental to understanding the neural basis of human sensory and cognitive behaviour. However, current approaches require making numerous a priori assumptions which is undesirable. In a recent paper in the journal “Neuroimage” Joana … Continued
Visual Hallucinations and the Curious Absence of Activity in the Primary Visual Cortex
Visual hallucinations are perceptions without a physical stimulus to relate this percept too. It affects millions of people, yet surprisingly little is known about what’s happening in the brain during visual hallucinations. Marouska... READ MORE
The details are in the contrast
There is a need for simpler methods of perimetry – the measurement of retinal sensitivity at different visual field locations. In a recent paper in the journal Vision Research, Anne Vrijling, Minke de... READ MORE
15 PhD positions in Advanced Glaucoma Research in NL/DE/FR/NO
Glaucoma is the most common age-related neurodegenerative eye disease in Western society and one of the four major eye diseases causing blindness. Unfortunately, current treatments can only slow the deterioration but do not... READ MORE
Recently, science journalist Karel Knip of Dutch newspaper NRC handelsblad asked Frans Cornelissen the question of whether objects could appear larger in fog or at dusk than they really are. In his column... READ MORE