Functional Brain Imaging in Development and Disorder

Tuesday, May 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm at ARVO 2017, Baltimore, Maryland
Presenters: Geoffrey K. Aguirre, Jan Atkinson, Tessa M. Dekker, Deborah Giaschi

This symposium will feature four talks that apply functional brain imaging to the study of both visual development and visual disorders. Functional brain imaging, primarily fMRI, enables non-invasive and quantitative assessment of neural function in the human brain. The four talks in the symposium will cover topics that include the reorganization of visual cortex in blindness, studies of cortical response in children with amblyopia, the normal development of population receptive fields in visual cortex, and the effect of early cortical damage on visual development.

Post-retinal structure and function in human blindness

Speaker: Geoffrey K. Aguirre, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

Neuroimaging the typical and atypical developing visual brain: dorsal vulnerability and cerebral visual impairment

Speaker: Professor Jan Atkinson Ph.D, FMedSci; Acad. Europaea; FBA, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Visiting Professor, University of Oxford

Development of retinotopic representations in visual cortex during childhood

Speaker: Tessa M. Dekker, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences & Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London

Neural correlates of motion perception deficits in amblyopia

Speaker: Deborah Giaschi, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, University of British Columbia