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The Visual Neuroscience Training Program

The Visual Neuroscience Training Program

The Visual Neuroscience Training Program (VNTP) is supported by a training grant from the National Eye Institute, and represents a collaboration between the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Department of Neuroscience. Its purpose is to provide multidisciplinary training in visual neuroscience research by combining research opportunities and a specially designed didactic program. Faculty members associated with the VNTP are Drs. Adler (Program Director), Campochiaro, Connor, Dagnelie, Hendry,Hoffman, Hsiao, Johnson, Kirkwood, Massof, Montell, Nathans, Niebur, Quigley, Rubin, Sundin, Turano, Valle, Von der Heydt, Worley, Yau, Zack and Zee. Disciplines represented among these faculty include molecular biology, cellular and developmental biology, immunology, cellular electrophysiology, experimental pathology, and visual psychophysics.

Student Eligibility and Requirements:

The program supports both predoctoral and postdoctoral students. Predoctoral students will be eligible to enter the VNTP after they complete the first, introductory year of the Neuroscience Program. In addition to their participation in the general activities of the Neuroscience Program, VNTP students will be expected to do research in visual neurosciences under the supervision of one of the faculty members mentioned above, and to select at least three visual neurosciences courses as part of the six electives required by the Neuroscience Program. VNTP elective courses include Physiology of Sensory Transduction (King-Wai Yau), Primate Visual System (Hendry and von der Heydt), Cellular and Molecular Biology of Photoreceptors in Health and Disease (Adler and other faculty), Development of the Visual System (Sundin and Zack), Introduction to Visual Psychophysics (Massof and staff), Advanced Visual Psychophysics (Massof and staff) and Molecular Mechanisms of Sensory Transduction (Nathans). A series of seminars on visual neurosciences by invited speakers will also be offered as part of the VNTP.

For further information about the VNTP please contact:

Ms. Betty Bandel
Maumenee 519
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD


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