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Posted: Sep 09, 2010
International Congress on the relationship between neurobiology and nanoelectronics
(Nanowerk News) Soon, the phrase "seeing things eye to eye" could take on a new meaning during a global conference on the campus of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., this September.
The Sixth Biennial International Congress on the relationship between neurobiology and nano-electronics titled "The Eye and The Chip" will bring together the world's leading researchers involved in advancing artificial human vision at Henry Ford Community College Sept. 13-15, 2010. Event organizers and sponsors include the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Health System, Alcon, The Alliance for Vision Research Inc., the Friends of Vision, Higher Education Publications Inc., IMRA American Inc., JEDMED, Leica Microsystems, the Macular Degeneration Foundation, the Michigan Ophthalmic Personnel Society, Nidek and the Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation.
This event studies the validity of the "bionic eye," which could help people see once again. Dr. Philip C. Hessburg, president of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, said the goal of this important conference is to "engage in discussion regarding visual neuro-prosthetic devices and applications for devices within the eye vs. those that interface directly with the brain's visual cortex."
About 180 million people throughout the world suffer from visual impairment. In the U.S., approximately 100,000 people have an inherited blinding disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. These people are good candidates for implants inside the eye because they once had good vision.
For registration, contact Sheila Bell of Henry Ford Health System at 313.916.8354, or email [email protected]
Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn is a comprehensive public community college serving 20,000 students each fall and winter semester in southeast Michigan. HFCC is dedicated to preparing people for a rapidly changing world and workplace by offering more than 100 associate's degree university transfer and career programs. HFCC offers high-quality, innovative programs to meet the educational and training needs of the culturally and racially diverse population of southeast Michigan. In addition to providing a pool of highly skilled workers for Detroit-area employers, HFCC also specializes in customized workforce development training for major businesses and industrial corporations. For more information, please visit www.hfcc.edu.