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- CATSS Symposium 2017 -

Friday, February 3rd, 8:15am to 12:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Room

8:15am
Coffee, registration, poster hanging.

8:45am
Welcome by Peggy Nelson, PhD, Executive Director of CATSS

9:00 - 9:45am
Andrew Oxenham, PhD, University of Minnesota
"How we hear pitch: Implications for next-generation auditory implants"

10:00 - 11:00am
Lotfi Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH, Harvard University
"Comparing Brain Plasticity in Ocular vs Cerebral Causes of Visual Impairment: A Challenge for Rehabilitation"

      Within the setting of sensory deprivation, the brain undergoes dramatic structural and functional reorganization. These neuroplastic changes are intimately related to compensatory sensory and perceptual behaviors observed in individuals with profound visual impairment. Modern day imaging techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) have given us unprecedented views regarding the inner workings of the brain. In particular, it is now known that in the case of ocular blindness, occipital regions of the brain (typically associated with visual information processing) are functionally recruited to analyze non-visual information such as tactile and auditory. We now ask the question as to what is the nature of neuroplastic compensatory changes as they relate to early damage to occipital cortical areas; a condition referred to as cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI). We will discuss how various imaging techniques can provide information about the structure and function of the brain and compare differences in brain development in the setting of ocular as well as cerebral causes of visual impairment. Further, we will discuss how brain imaging may help in the development of novel rehabilitative strategies.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Poster viewing, snacks, discussion.

 

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