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Eye Movements (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Oculomotor System as a Model of Mind and Brain


July 8-9, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME


Jay J. Jantz & Chao Gu

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Eye Movements is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. The GRS and the following Gordon Research Conference meeting is an immersive experience, and an unparalleled opportunity for participants to share their most novel findings, foster new collaborative efforts, and chart the future directions of oculomotor research.

The 2017 GRS will link with the GRC to explore the continued significance of eye movements as a model system for studying fundamental and clinically relevant questions in the fields of visual perception, motor control, and cognition. The GRS will conclude with an interactive career panel discussion on issues and challenges facing trainees preparing to move into academia or industry, with panelists of diverse backgrounds including research, teaching, industry, and technology sectors.

GRS Program Committee: Amirsaman Sajad, Bianca Baltaretu, Chih-Yang Chen, Martin Bohlen, Mulugeta Semework, Patrick Mayo, Valeria Caruso

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Eye Movements" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmGaze in Natural Behavior
The realm of behaviors studied via eye movements has expanded from traditional laboratory-controlled tasks to include unconstrained conditions, reflecting more natural behaviors. The talks in this session will discuss cortical and subcortical signals in free viewing and natural search conditions, to investigate eye movement and visual signals involved in the visual perception and spatial representation of natural environments.
Discussion Leader: Amirsaman Sajad (Vanderbilt University, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmSeth Koenig (University of Washington, USA)
"Eye Movements Temporally Organize Spatial Representations in the Primate Hippocampus"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmDaniel Wood (Northwestern University, USA)
"Distinct Eye Movement Strategies Differentially Reshape Visual Space"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmVisual Processing and Eye Movement Control
The eyes explore scenes with saccades, and lock on to moving objects with pursuit. Eye movements therefore both influence, and are influenced by, visual sensory input. Talks in this session will emphasize and discuss this relationship, and the interaction of saccades and smooth pursuit movements with visual signals during oculomotor control.
Discussion Leader: Valeria Caruso (Duke University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmCorentin Massot (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Laminar Organization of Spiking Activity in the Superior Colliculus"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmJanis Kan (Queen's University, Canada)
"Visual Saliency Response in the Superficial and Intermediate Superior Colliculus"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmTim Darlington (Duke University, USA)
"Neural Implementation of Bayesian Sensory-Motor Behavior in Eye Movements"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:50 pmRebecca Gerth (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Correlations in Presaccadic Frontoparietal Activity: What's Conserved and What's Lost Across Spike-Spike, Spike-LFP, and LFP-LFP Comparisons?"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmFrederic Crevecoeur (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
"A Sensorimotor Origin of Saccadic Suppression"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amEmerging Novel Methods in Health and Disease
Contemporary oculomotor studies include diverse behavioral, computational, imaging, and recording techniques. New approaches are expanding possibilities of healthy eye movement experiments, and refining gaze biomarkers of disease conditions. Talks in this session will focus on advances gained through these techniques, with an emphasis on their advantages and limitations, and on the complementarity (or lack thereof) of emerging results with established methodologies to better understand the oculomotor system in both healthy and disease conditions.
Discussion Leader: Ashley Parr (Queen's University, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:20 amMarcus Watson (York University, Canada)
"Eyetracking in the Virtual World: A Toolkit for Frame-by-Frame Classification of Gaze During Experimental Tasks Presented Using a 3D Video Game Engine"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amKaleb Lowe (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Metaclustering of Frontal Eye Field: Unveiling Diversity in the Neuronal Control of Eye Movements"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amKimberly Meier (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Global Motion Discrimination and Fixation Stability in Amblyopia"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:20 amSuraj Upadhyaya (University of Houston College of Optometry, USA)
"Role of Superior Colliculus in Maintaining Static Misalignment in Strabismic Monkeys"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:40 amAdam Pallus (University of Washington, USA)
"Abnormalities of Pontine Paramedian Reticular Formation in Strabismic Monkeys"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Four panelists will discuss the challenges faced by trainees in the job market and strategies for success. They will present diverse perspectives on pathways to careers in academic research universities (Dr. Katy Thakkar, Asst. Prof., Michigan State), translational research in industry (Dr. Laura Walker, Executive Director, Envision Research Inst.), teaching universities (Dr. Aaron Cecala, Assoc. Prof., Elizabethtown College), and neuroscience entrepreneurship in technology (Dr. Ramses Alcaide, CEO Neurable Inc.).
Discussion Leaders: Jay Jantz (Queen's University, Canada) and Chao Gu (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"On the Job Hunt: How to Prepare for Life After Training"
  • Ramses Alcaide (Neurable Inc., USA)
  • Aaron Cecala (Elizabethtown College, USA)
  • Katy Thakkar (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Laura Walker (Envision Research Institute, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by (1 R13 EY028020-01) from the National Eye Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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