Chris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
University of Waterloo
Learning to See with a “Lazy Eye”; Harnessing Visual Cortex Plasticity to Treat Amblyopia
Amblyopia is a neurodevelopmental disorder of the visual cortex that is often considered to be untreatable in adulthood due to insufficient neural plasticity. I will present a series of studies which indicate that both binocular perceptual learning and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques can improve visual function in adult patients with amblyopia, possibly by reducing inhibitory interactions within the visual cortex. I will also present new data from a recent study on the use of the anti-depressant drug citalopram to promote visual cortex plasticity in adults with amblyopia.
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