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World Congress To Discuss Artificial Vision.

PR Newswire.
Friday, June 02, 2006.

The success of the cochlear implant for the profoundly deaf gives scientists hope that a visual device to give some blind persons useful vision cannot be far off. The question in many minds is, "When will this device be ready for human implantation?" It may be sooner than we think. Several groups are already implanting trial devices in humans.

This, and other major questions, is the subject of the fourth biennial World Congress, The Eye and The Chip, hosted by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, June 15th through the 17th. Forty of the world's leading investigators from research programs in nine countries, will gather at The Westin - Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel to present their work on these complex devices.

Each twenty-minute presentation will be followed by a ten-minute discussion of the work. Members of the Research Panel look forward to these intense exchanges. The goal of such in-depth questioning of presenters is to move forward the day when surgeons have implants that are safe, durable, and effective enough to use on persons now blind.

Unique among major medical meetings is the open access of the audience to the Research Panel in the discussion periods. Microphones allow anyone in attendance to ask the scientists questions about their work. This often yields insights which expedite progress in laboratories at other institutions or other countries.

The Eye and The Chip brings together senior scientists from artificial vision research programs in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Results of human implantations and animal studies will be presented. There will be presentations from the FDA, from nano-electronic programs, from psycho-physical studies and from pertinent work aimed at lifting a portion of the burden of our severely vision impaired and blind fellow humans.

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