first T32 Training Grant AWARDED for a vision research training program (vrtp-t32) from the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
Students will engage in a robust program focused on the understanding and exploration of the visual system and its diseases. They will participate in discussions and lectures ranging from the molecular and cell biology of the photo-transduction pathway (the process that converts light into a neurological signal), to the networks of neuronal connections in the retina and the brain, to the clinical management of major ophthalmic diseases. As part of this curriculum, students will complete a comprehensive course titled, “Introduction to the Visual System,” which will be active by the fall of 2019. This competitive grant within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences supports the training of two graduate students and one postdoctoral student every one to two years, over the next five years.
“We are looking forward to students conducting their own projects in the tradition of ‘bench-to-bedside’ that has been a mainstay of the outstanding research training that makes the University of Wisconsin–Madison famous,” says Dr. Nickells, professor and principal investigator for the T32 grant.