International Experts on Artificial Vision Coming to Detroit

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International Experts on Artificial Vision Coming to Detroit

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Experts from around the world are coming to metro Detroit to collaborate and discuss their advances and challenges in the global pursuit of artificial vision.

The Eye and The Chip, the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology's 10th Congress on Artificial Vision, will be held September 24 - 26, at the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit.

Nearly 30 internationally renowned scientists are coming from across the U.S., as well as from nine countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. All are studying tools to restore vision with an electronic device in the eye or brain.

Experts will be sharing their research and progress, including:

  • Retinal implants in human studies (Eberhard Zenner, MD, and Alfred Stett, MD, University of Tubingen, Germany)
  • Wireless chip development in human studies (Yannick LeMer, MD, Foundation Ophthalmologique, France)
  • Sub-retinal device in humans (Daniel Palanker, PhD, Stanford University)
  • Device for the visual cortex in the brain (Eduardo Fernandez, MD, PhD, University Miguel Hernandez, Bioengineering Institute, Spain)

"This congress is the world's leading meeting on artificial vision," says Philip Hessburg, M.D., medical director of the DIO. "Gathering these experts together enables the exchange of scientific advances among international researchers. The collaborative relationships created help advance research at a faster pace."

The institute has traditionally hosted two biennial world research congresses, alternating with The Eye, The Brain, and The Auto related to vision and safe driving.

"Since there have been so many advances in the artificial vision field in the past 12 months, we decided to host The Eye and The Chip again this year," added Dr. Hessburg. "The researchers who attended in 2016 were insistent that we not wait two years before reconvening."

A flash drive of the presentations is included with paid registration, and available for purchase for other attendees after the event.

The Grosse Pointe Park-based DIO is a division of Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Ophthalmology.

To register, or for more information on the Eye and the Chip, visit