Synapse Regulation in the Developing Visual System.- The Development of the Map from the Nucleus Isthmi: The Influence of Visual Experience on the Formation of Orderly Connections in the Visual System.- The Ordered Structure of the Crystalline Lens.- The Main Intrinsic Polypeptide and Intercellular Communication in the Ocular Lens.- Building an Ommatidium: Geometry and Genes.- A Minimum Diameter Limit for Retinal Rod Outer Segment Disks.- The Role of Hormone-Stimulated cAMP Metabolism in Visual Cortical Plasticity.- Development of Stereopsis in Infants.- Redevelopment of Fixation and Scanning Eye Movements Following the Loss of Foveal Function.- Abnormal Early Visual Experience and Visual Function in Monkeys.- Visual System Plasticity in Human Amblyopia.
The eye has fascinated scientists from the earliest days of biological in vestigation. The diversity of its parts and the precision of their interaction make it a favorite model system for a variety of developmental studies. The eye is a particularly valuable experimental system not only because its tissues provide examples of fundamental processes, but also because it is a prominent and easily accessible structure at very early embryonic ages. In order to provide an open forum for investigators working on all aspects of ocular development, a series of symposia on ocular and visual devel opment was initiated in 1973. A major objective of the symposia has been to foster communication between the basic research worker and the clinical community. It is our feeling that much can be learned on both sides from this interaction. The idea for an informal meeting allowing maximum ex change of ideas originated with Dr. Leon Candeub, who supplied the nec essary driving force that made the series a reality. Each symposium has concentrated on a different aspect of ocular development. Speakers have been selected to approach related topics from different perspectives.
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