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Distinguished Speakers' Series

GZH launches the Distinguished Speakers' Series to invite eminent professionals to speak to our audiences. This could be a lecture by the specialist or a panel discussion with other colleagues in their area of expertise. We are happy to present you the first of this series.

Brain Mechanisms of Sight Recovery
Speaker: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Brigitte Röder,
Head of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg, Germany

If infants are born blind, their brains are able to adjust by enhancing non-visual senses such as hearing and touch in order to compensate for visual loss. If sight is restored later in life, it is often assumed that recovery is highly limited in those who receive e.g. cataract surgery only in late childhood or as adults. In fact, visual impairments remain in these individuals but there is a lot of recovery too and some functions reach close to typical levels. Neuroscience research in sight-recovery individuals uncovers the neural mechanisms of regaining visual functioning on which future treatment and rehabilitation efforts can built on.

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