Retinal Neurobiology and Visual Processing

Conference Summary

This FASEB Science Research Conference, the 14th in the series, showcases the most recent advances in our understanding of neuronal circuits responsible for retinal image processing. With its loyal following of accomplished and passionate scientists, it has evolved into one of the premier international meetings on retinal circuitry, development, and information coding. A broad range of concepts and approaches will be covered in platform talks featuring internationally recognized leaders in the field as well as junior faculty and advanced postdoctoral trainees. These will be grouped into thematic sessions, with topics including retinal direction selectivity; information processing at photoreceptor and bipolar-cell synapses; intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells; retinal development; the structure and function of specific types of bipolar, amacrine and ganglion cells; and translational visual neurobiology, including stem cells and other regenerative approaches. Two workshops are planned, one devoted to recent advances in retinal imaging and the other to a career-development workshop for junior scientists. 

Postdocs and graduate students are especially welcome at the meeting, and are strongly encouraged to present posters. Selected poster presenters will be invited to feature their work in short "data blitz" talks, and awards will be made for top-rated posters. Junior scientists will also particularly benefit from the career-development workshop and from the opportunity to meet with leading scientists both at the organized Meet the Experts sessions as well as in less formal settings.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for retinal scientists at all levels to exchange ideas, establish collaborations, and meet new colleagues. The local facilities provide additional opportunities for social interaction and recreation, including hiking and boating.  It is anticipated that there will be funds available to support the attendance of participants.

Important Deadlines:

  • Early bird registration deadline April 30, 2018
  • Last day to register May 23, 2018


  • Talks by leaders in the field
  • Extended discussions during poster sessions
  • Collegial interactions during meals and recreational events

Keynote Speaker

Botond Roska
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Conference Organizers

David Berson
Brown University

Rachel Wong
University of Washington

FASEB Conference Staff

Trina Eacho, Conference Manager

Contact us

Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010


Date & Location


June 24-29, 2018


St. Bonaventure University
Francis Hall Building
Clare Road
Olean, NY 14760

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the University.  
  • Erie International Airport (ERI) is 1 hour and 45 minutes from the University
  • Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) is 2 hours and 15 minutes from St. Bonaventure University.
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport is 167 miles or 3 hours from the University. (A Valid Passport is required to enter the US from Canada.)

Click the links below for Transportation & Lodging information:

Official Conference Lodging

St. Bonaventure University
Francis Hall Building
Clare Road
Olean, NY 14760

The sleeping rooms at St. Bonaventure are apartment style lodging, with four single bedrooms with a shared 1 ½ baths. The rooms are air conditioned and can be locked. Each person will be provided an individual key for their room upon check in.

We are unable to book additional nights at St. Bonaventure University.  If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations at one of the off-site locations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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