Vision: A Platform for Linking Circuits, Behavior & Perception
June 12 - 26, 2019
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019


Farran Briggs, University of Rochester Medical Center
Joseph Carroll, Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute


Lindsey Salay, Stanford University School of Medicine

See the Roll of Honor - who's taken the course in the past

The purpose of this course is to bring together students and faculty for in-depth and high level discussions of modern approaches for probing how specific cell types and circuits give rise to defined categories of visual perception and behavior. It is also designed to address novel strategies aimed at overcoming diseases that compromise visual function.

The visual system is the most widely studied sensory modality. In recent years, emerging technological advances have encouraged exploration of visual function across a wider array of model systems using diverse experimental approaches. For example, the tractability of genetic manipulation and imaging in mice has led to an increase in the use of the mouse as a model system for exploring how specific cells and circuits underlie visual and multi-sensory processing and cognition. Additionally, advances in genetic and viral methods have enabled similar cell- and circuit-centric explorations of visual function in a variety of model systems including insectivors, carnivores, and primates. Finally, the field of visual neuroscience is at the forefront of technological and therapeutic advances in clinical/translational work to restore visual function in humans.

The time is ripe to build on the classic paradigms and discoveries of visual system structure, function and disease, in order to achieve a deep, mechanistic understanding of how neuronal populations encode sensory information, how different circuits can induce defined categories of percepts and behaviors, and how modulations of cells and circuits may restore visual function in the diseased brain.”

2019 Speakers:

Shannon Boye, University of Florida
Holly Bridge, University of Oxford
Sam Solomon, University College London
David Fitzpatrick, Max Plank Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Greg Field, Duke University
Judith Hirsch, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Chinfei Chen, Boston Children's Hospital
Martha Bickford, University of Louisville
David Brainard, University of Pennsylvania
Bevil Conway, National Eye Institute
Emily Cooper, University of California, Berkeley
Jenny Read, Newcastle University
John Maunsell, University of Chicago
Richard Krauzlis, National Eye Institute
Tony Movshon, New York University
Ed Connor ,  John Hopkins University
Christine Curcio, University  of Alabama At Birmingham
Jonathan Horton, University of California , Los Angeles
Houmam Araj, National Eye Institute
Andrew Huberman, Stanford University School of Medicine
Doris Tsao, California Institute of Technology
David Leopold, National Institute of Health
Marty Usrey, University of California, Davis
Murray Sherman, University of Chicago
Steve Rose, Flighting Blindness Foundation
Charles Wright, National Eye Institute

Course Schedule:

  • June 11: Students arrive (late afternoon)
  • June 12: Visual System Overview
  • June 13: Restoring Vision
  • June 14: Circuits for Feature Computations
  • June 15: Pre-Cortical Computations
  • June 16: Focus on the Thalamus
  • June 17: Color Vision
  • June 18: 3D Vision
  • June 19: Day Off
  • June 20: Attention & Goal-Directed Behavior
  • June 21: What does extrastriate cortex do?
  • June 22: Diseases of the Eye and Brain
  • June 23: Career Development
  • June 24: Faces and Objects
  • June 25:Visual System Big Picture
  • June 26: Departure

The course will be held at the Laboratory's Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island. All participants stay within walking distance of the Center, close to tennis court, pool and private beach.

Support & Stipends:

Major support provided by: National Eye Institute & Flighting Blindness Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:

Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the  instructors. 

Cost (including board and lodging): $3,955

Before applying, ensure you have:
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
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This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.

Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on Tuesday June 11 and plan to depart in the morning of Wednesday June 26.