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April 1, 2014

Scholarly Activities for April 2014


Dr. Robert McPeek has been awarded a four year National Eye Institute grant totaling $1.5 million. The title of the grant is "Cortical and subcortical control of saccades".   The research project investigates the neural control of saccades, which are rapid eye movements that allow the fovea to fixate objects of interest, making them essential for efficient visual perception and action. Saccade planning involves a network of cortical and subcortical brain areas, but we currently have little idea of how activity across these areas is coordinated to produce an eye movement. The project investigates the interactions among these brain areas during saccades in different contexts, using a combination of both correlational and causal techniques. The results will illuminate the functional architecture of the saccadic eye movement system, and, more generally, will lead toward a better understanding of how cortical and subcortical brain areas interact.


Harrison, S. J., & Backus, B. T. (2014). A trained perceptual bias that lasts for weeks. Vision Research. In press.

Nakata M, Okada Y, Kobata H, Shigematsu T, Reinach PS, Tomoyose K, Saika S. (2014) Diabetes mellitus suppresses hemodialysis-induced increases in tear fluid secretion. BMC Res Notes. 2014 Feb 4;7:78. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-78.

Scheiman M, Ciuffreda KJ, Thiagarajan P, Tannen B, Ludlam D. (2014) Objective assessment of vergence and accommodation after vision therapy for convergence insufficiency in a child: a case report. Optometry and Visual Performance, 2014, 2, 10-15.

Thiagarajan P, Ciuffreda KJ, Capo-Aponte J, Ludlam DP, Kapoor N. (2014) Oculomotor neurorehabilitation for reading in mild traumatic brain injury: an integrative approach Neurorehabilitation, 2014, 34, 129-146.  

Thiagarajan P, Ciuffreda KJ. (2014) Effect of oculomotor rehabilitation on vergence function in mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2014, 50, 1223-1240.

Vieira SM, Silva RL, Lemos HP, Amorim RC, da Silva EC, Reinach PS, Cunha FQ, Pohlit AM, Cunha TM. (2014)  Gastro-protective effects of isobrucein B, a quassinoid isolated from Picrolemma sprucei. Fitoterapia. 2014 Mar 1. pii: S0367-326X(14)00053-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2014.02.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Yadav N.K, Thiagarajan P, Ciuffreda K. J. (2014) Effect of oculomotor vision rehabilitation on the visual-evoked potential and visual attention in mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury (Available online). 2014 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24564831

Invited Lectures

Backus, B. "Plasticity and learning in visual perception and low-level binocular vision"

March 12, 2014 SUNY Downstate Neuroscience Colloquium (Brooklyn, NY)
and March 14, 2014 Univerisity of British Columbia Neuroscience Seminar (Vancouver, Canada)


Barry Tannen received the "Ludlam Education Award" at the annual Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association's annual meeting on April 5th 2014.

In the Media

Benjamin Backus was asked to give an explanation of an illusion in an NPR blog (read it here) on March 17, 2014 "The green you see is not the green you see" by Tania Lombrozo