Functional Imaging: Eliciting, Measuring and Interpreting Intrinsic Signals in the Retina


Functional Imaging: Eliciting, Measuring and Interpreting Intrinsic Signals in the Retina

Hosted By: Clinical Vision Sciences Technical Group

12 December 2018, 12:30 - 13:30

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Functional assessments of vision are necessary for diagnosing retinal disease, determining disease prognosis, and assessing disease progression and treatment. Advances in retinal imaging have enabled visualization of individual cells for two decades, though assessments of retinal function at a commensurate scale have remained elusive.

Recently, several studies have demonstrated the ability to elicit and quantify intrinsic signals arising in the retina following visual stimulation. This webinar, hosted by the OSA Clinical Vision Sciences Technical Group, will discuss the methods and applications for using intrinsic signals as an objective marker of retinal function.

What You Will Learn:

Attendees will learn the current state-of-the-art techniques for measuring and interpreting intrinsic signals through retinal imaging.

Who Should Attend:

OSA members interested in biomedical imaging, adaptive optics, optical coherence tomography, functional assessments, intrinsic signals, retina, image processing, physiological optics.



Robert F. Cooper, University of Pennsylvania

Robert F. Cooper is Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the creation and validation of structural and functional measurements of human retinal health using adaptive optics ophthalmoscopy. Rob was the recipient of OSA’s Young Investigator Award for his work on understanding cone intrinsic signals in the living retina, and continues that work to this day. He is also extensively involved in the maintenance and development of multiple actively used open source software packages related to imaging and ophthalmoscopy.


Dierck Hillmann, Thorlabs

Dierck Hillmann studied Physics at the University of Kaiserslautern and the University of Bonn and afterwards started working for Thorlabs in 2008. During his work for Thorlabs, Dierck obtained his doctorate from the University of Lübeck. Dierck is now working for both Thorlabs and the University, doing joint research with Gereon Hüttmann's group.


Mehdi Azimipour, University of California, Davis

During his PhD at Bio-Inspired Sciences and Technologies (BIST) lab at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mehdi designed and implemented several optoelectronic devices with applications in optogenetic research, such as fluorescent laminar optical tomography system to assess the level of success in gene delivery during optogenetic experiments, and also developed a digital optical phase conjugation system with the aim of suppressing scattering phenomena in turbid mediums. Mehdi is currently working as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Davis Eye Center, where they are combining adaptive optics technique with retinal optical imaging modalities such as scanning laser ophthalmoscope and optical coherence tomography to study morphology and function of photoreceptors in human.