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NVRI ECRs win Pitch Competition

The University of Melbourne node team, featuring two NVRI team members won the inaugrual Early Career Researcher Pitch Competition. The competition was an intiative of The Brain Function Centre of Excellence to facilitate career pathways between the traditional academic role and industry. Dr Molis Yunzab and Dr Ali Almasi joined Dr Babak Nasr from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering to present their 3 minute pitch to develop an electrode that simultaneously records neural activity and neurotransmitter releases. They were awarded the prize for 'best pitch' on 1st December 2017 in Sydney.

Leader in the field of bionic vision from Japan visits Melbourne

Professor Takashi Fujikado of Ossaka Unversity Medical School recently visited Melbourne as a part of his organisation's collaboration with Bionic Vision Australia.  At a presentation at Melbourne Town Hall on 15 October he shared his experience of testing the bionic eye in patients with the attendees at the public lecture in the Melbourne Town Hall last Wednesday. Our NVRI PhD student, Matias Maturana thanked Professor Fujikado in fluent Japanese.
Professor Fujikado

Under the Coverslip 2015

These are the entries from NVRI PhD students Susmita Saha and Matias Maturana for this year's Under the Coverslip photographic competition.  Good luck to them both!

Under the Coverslip Susmita  
Rock art in the retina.
Under the Coverslip Matias
Roots in the depths of vision.

 Marathon de Sables to Raise funds for National Vision Research Institute


The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is delighted to announce that long term supporter of our National Vision Research Institute (NVRI), John Nicola of
Optiqueline, is completing the Marathon des Sables for the second time in 2015 and has committed his fundraising efforts to the NVRI.

The Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) is a 254km (200 mile) race in the Sahara desert, where competitors have to carry all that they need for the 
week long journey with them, with the exception of water.  2015 will be the 30th year that the event – known as the toughest footrace on earth - has run.

The NVRI, established in 1972, is a division of the ACO and is committed to research to advance the preservation of sight, the prevention of avoidable 
blindness and improvements in vision care and treatment.

Photo courtesy Optiqueline

The ACO relies on the generous support of donors to continue its important work and we are extremely grateful to the intrepid John for making this further commitment of support to the NVRI! 

To make a donation click here

For further information go to John's website here

 PhD student Susmita Saha wins 2nd Prize for “3 minutes thesis competition”

Susmita Saha won 2nd prize in the departmental “3 minutes thesis competition” organised by the Anatomy and Neuroscience department. It was judged by public votes (45 votes in total) and there were 12 participants. This took place at the University of Melbourne Friday the 29th of August – part of the Friday Afternoon Seminar Series.

December 2013 - Congratulations to Dr Shaun Cloherty winning the Cyril Max Werner Research Award for 2013 at the Australian College of Optometry

 Dr Shaun Cloherty receives award at The ACO

Oct 2013 - PhD student Matias Maturana wins Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI)

2nd Prize for computational, neuroengineering and neuroimaging poster presentation at the Students of Brain research conference. Congratulations Matias !

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative is an initiative of the government of Victoria in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences, Melbourne for all Victorian researchers.

PhD student Susmita Saha wins 3rd Prize for "Fire" in the “Under the Coverslip” competition

Fire by Susmita Saha

Susmita Saha accepts prize

Susmita Saha at Under the Coverslip

The competition is the largest student scientific photography competition at the University of Melbourne, and has been running for over 10 years. It is open to research students from universities & institutes all across Melbourne. Susmita won $50 cash prize, Congratulations Susmita!

Feb 2013 - Journal of Neurophysiology cover by NVRI's Dr Yu-Shan Hung

Dr Yu-Shan Hung wins with her image for the cover Journal of Neurophysiology 109/ Issue 4/February  in relation to her article "Spectral inputs and ocellar contributions to a pitch-sensitive descending neuron in the honeybee"

                     Journal of Neurophysiology 109 issue 4 cover by Dr Yu-Shan Hung

 Dr Nathan OAM

Congratulations to NVRI Governor Dr John Nathan!

Dr John Nathan, one of the NVRI'S Governors and an ACO honorary life member, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours list this year. It was a truly well earned honour.

Dr.Nathan was the President of the ACO for 9 years from 1970 to 1978 during which time the ACO founded the National Vision Research Institute and the Department of Optometry was established in the University of Melbourne.

His contribution to the optometry profession as a whole and especially to the NVRI & ACO cannot be underestimated and we are extremely pleased that he has received this public acknowledgement. Find out more about Dr Nathan.