SCIENCE OF VISION
BIO 4224, CRN 44266
FALL 2022, DH 112, 4.0 CREDIT HOURS.
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY (8:00 AM - 9:47AM)
SEPTEMBER 1-DECEMBER 1
This course was taught by several Eye Research Institute (ERI) faculty since the early 2000s and most recently by ERI Emeritus Professor Barry Winkler, Ph.D. FARVO. Dr. Winkler was also a past director of the Honors College during an important period for its growth at OU. Dr. Winkler is one of the most popular instructors at Oakland University and he taught favorite courses about
the intersections of science and society in the OU Honors College. Dr. Ken Mitton, Ph.D. FARVO, is taking over the Science of Vision course and integrating some guest lectures from other ERI faculty as well as an optometrist and computer scientist. The implications of vision health for different societies will continue in the curriculum, a valuable aspect of the course first introduced by Dr. Winkler. Island of the Color Blind, by Dr. Oliver Sachs will be read by students in addition to the bioscience articles utilized. This course is designed to use authoritative and free online vision science texts to reduce book costs.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to describe eye anatomy and development, visual transduction, retinal circuitry, brain pathways, color vision, principals of physiological optics, blinding ocular diseases (cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, AMD, inherited retinal diseases), ophthalmic medical imaging methods, current treatments, gene therapy, and the use of human genomics. Authentic assessment will be employed to develop critical academic skills:
communication and illustration, evaluation of information sources, evaluation of research papers, and exploring the impact of visual impairment on individuals and human relationships within societies and economies.
Official Prerequisites listed are: BIO 2600 or BIO 3620 or BIO 3220 with a grade of (C) or higher. (Other courses can be considered upon consultation with Dr. Mitton and the Department of Biological Sciences.)
Course format: on-campus meetings
Name: Dr. Kenneth P. Mitton (PhD, FARVO)
Office Location: 412 Dodge Hall (DH), Eye Research Institute
My drop in hours: are on Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment. (Times may change as needed.)
You can reach Dr. Mitton with questions at 248-370-2079 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland's Eye Research Institute began as an institute of Biological Sciences in 1969 and its first director Everett Kinsey, Ph.D. was the recognized father of the National Eye Institute at the NIH. Creation of the NEI was Dr. Kinsey's idea and he gathered support to have the US Congress form the NEI also in 1969. Dr. Mitton holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and completed post-doctoral fellowship training at Virginia Tech, the National Eye Institute / NIH, and the Kellogg Eye Center, Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Mitton joined the ERI in 2001 and has made fundamental discoveries regarding photoreceptor gene regulation, genetics of retinal diseases, and most recently developed a novel protein therapeutic for repair of the retinal vasculature that is now in commercial development. He is a past elected president of the OU-AAUP, OU's faculty union, and directs the ERI's Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research. Dr. Mitton is also an adjunct associate professor in the OUWB School of Medicine and directs the Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory of the ERI.