Susana Marcos Keynotes The Optical Society’s Light the Future Program at Latin American Optics and Photonics


The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics will host the latest in its Light the Future speaker series with speaker Susana Marcos, Institute of Optics, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. The program will take place at the Latin America Optics and Photonics (LAOP), a premier international conference in Latin America promoting industry development in optics and photonics within Latin America, on Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 18:15 –19:00 COT in Medellín, Colombia.Marcos͛ presentation ͞An Eye Into the Future͟ will explore the advances in light-based optical technologies that are paving the way for better diagnosis and treatment of eye ailments such as Myopia and Presbyopia.

The Light the Future speaker series will tour eight international cities as part of The Optical Society͛s Centennial program, featuring visionaries, futurists and Nobel Prize winners discussing how science affects our lives every day.

Full OSA press release:


Simulation of angularly and radially segmented multifocal patterns in an adaptive optics simulator, published in Vision Research.



We evaluated, optically and psychophysically, the quality provided by multizone radial and angular segmented phase designs in 8 subjects using a custom-developed Adaptive Optics (AO) We found that 2-zone segmented designs (angular & radial) provided better performance for far and near vision, 3- and 4-zone segmented angular designs performed better for intermediate vision. AO-correction of natural aberrations of the subjects modified the response for the different subjects but general trends remained. 

The Adaptive Optics Visual Simulator developed in the current study allows evaluating vision with any multifocal solution, while controlling the natural aberrations of the subject and  allows a better understanding of optical and visual interactions in multifocal simultaneous vision corrections, and to investigate whether these interactions are driven by optical or by neural effects, These results are important to improve intraocular lens design and to select the optimal design for a patient.

Susana Marcos, candidate for President of the Optical Society of America.


Susana Marcos accepted the Optical Society nomination to run in the elections for OSA Vicepresident. Elections are now open until Sept 23, 2016, and OSA members can cast their votes.

Susana Marcos is the Director of the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Lab, IO-CSIC and past Director of the Institute of Optics (CSIC), and past  OSA Director-at-Large. In her statement, she “envisions OSA as an international and multidisciplinary, inclusive society, supportive of minorities, women, young scientists, experienced researchers, and entrepreneurs — building on the solid ground of over a century of leadership in optics, with a shining future ahead.”

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Over the course of OSA’s nearly one hundred year history, 34 OSA members have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry or Physiology/Medicine.

You can read the candidates’ statement and bios in this link:

Voting instructions have been sent by email to members, and can also be found here


New in the lab: Carmen Fernandez



We welcome Carmen Fernandez who is joining VioBio Lab as a laboratory technician under an FPDual Program. In particular, she will provide computer support in different lab projects and will manage web communication and data archiving.

Spin off 2Eyes Vision launches new website

2Eyes Vision has just released a new website:
2eyes web
Announcing the advances of the SimVis technology, licensed (3 patents) from CSIC. SimVis allows patients to experience multifocal vision before implantation of IOLs.
SimVis is a binocular, wearable, light, see – through device, expected to be commercially available in 2017.

Susana Marcos, Invited speaker at International School on light Sciences and Technologies ISLIST at Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo


The International School on light Sciences and Technologies ISLIST at Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo Summer Program will be held in Santander June 21-24 2016, featuring a excellent too sure of international speakers, including  Nobel Laureare Andre Geim, Immediate OSA Past President Philip Russel among others. Susana Marcos will be presenting in the use of light in applications in ophthalmology and vision.
Additional information and program in this link:

Aiswaryah Radhakrishan awarded Ezell Fellowship Award from the AOF-American Academy of Optometry


VioBio Lab Graduate Student (and former EU Marie Curie OPAL Early Research Trainee) has been awared the prestigious Ezell Fellowship, the flagship program from the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry. Established in 1949 the William C. Ezell Fellowships encourage talented persons to pursue full-time careers in optometric research and education. These fellowships provide support to graduate students enrolled in a full-time program of study and training in vision-related research that leads to a Master’s or PhD degree.

We congratulate Aishu for this achievement!!

Submit to Optica Society FIO by May 25. Excellent program on Vision!


Don’t forget to submit your abstract to FIO by May 25. This year the vision program is supported by exciting sessions and symposium, excellent speakers, OSA centennial events, and a registration package deal with the Fall Vision Meeting, which will immediately follow. See the entire announcement below.

I wanted to get in touch and remind you about the upcoming submission deadline on 25 May 2016, 12:00 EDT (16:00 GMT) for the Frontiers in Optics / Laser Science Conference which will be held 17-21 October 2015 in Rochester, New York, the birthplace of the Optical Society, in its Centennial year.

As you know, FiO/LS 2016 covers many of the latest advances in optics and laser science. The meeting includes 5 days of intense, up-to-date programming featuring dynamic, cutting-edge presentations on the latest advancements in optics and photonics, special symposia, an impressive list of FiO invited speakers, plenary talks by renowned scientists and a variety of special events offering the opportunity to network with pioneers and colleagues from around the globe.

As a chair of the Color and Vision Organizing Subcommittee, I would like to draw your attention to the FIO vision program, which encompasses one symposium (100 Years of Vision at OSA: Most cited vision papers in OSA journals: and 7 specific sessions (details below and in this link:, including novel design concepts for eye correction and visual simulation, myopia development, probing ocular biomechanics with imaging technologies, novel applications of femtosecond lasers in ophthalmology, optics in neuroscience . You will find the list of submission categories in this link:

In addition to the Vision Sessions at FIO, the Fall Vision Meeting will take place in Rochester, 21-23 October. OSA and FVM have arranged a very interesting registration package for attendees of both meetings. Any individual who registers for the Fall Vision meeting receives one day free at FiO. Additionally, any author who has a sessioned paper that was accepted as part of the Vision and Color subcategory (including co-authors on sessioned papers) and has registered for the Fall Vision Meeting will receive two days for free at FiO. These agreements are reciprocal with the Fall Vision meeting with authors and co-authors receiving one or two days free registration to the Fall Vision Meeting. The scientific sessions at FVM will focus on a wide range of emerging topics in fixational eye movements, visual system development, visual factors in driving, a session on color honoring the work of John Krauskopf, and the presentation of OSA Tillyer Award. More information on the Fall Vision Meeting can be found in:



Symposium on 100 Years of Vision at OSA: Most Cited Vision Papers in OSA Journals

Vision Science has been an active community at OSA, and a large percentage of publications on vision have been among the most top cited in OSA Journals (JOSA, JOSA A, Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Optics Express and Biomedical Optics Express, among others). The symposium hig,lights some classic vision science papers and their impact on today’s research in the field. Selected thems range from the sensitivity of the eye and motion perception to wavefront sensing in the eye.
Invited Speakers:
Edward H. Adelson, MIT, USA
Denis Pelli, New York Univ., USA
Andrew Bo Watson, NASA, USA
David Williams, University of Rochester, USA

7.1 Novel Design Concepts for Eye Correction and Vision Simulators

Carlos Dorronsoro, Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Simultaneous Vision Simulator

Earl Smith, University of Houston, USA
Myopia Control Off-axis Correction Lenses

Marrie van der Mooren, Abbott Medical Optics, Netherlands
Extended Depth of Focus Corrections

7.2 Understanding Myopia Development

Sally MacFadden, University of Newcastle, Australia
Myopia Development in Guinea Pigs

Donald O. Mutti, Ohio State University, USA

7.3 Probing Ocular Biomechanics with Imaging Technologies

Maciej Wojtkowski, Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland
Air Puff OCT

Seok Hyun A. Yun, Harvard Medical School, USA
OCT Vibrography and Brillouin Microscopy

7.4 Novel Applications of Femtosecond Lasers in Ophthalmology

Jonathan David Ellis, University of Rochester, USA

Jennifer Hunter, University of Rochester, USA
Multiphoton Retinal Imaging

7.5 Optics Meets Neuroscience

Daniel C. Cote, Universite Laval, Canada

Francesco Pavone, European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Italy

Shaoqun Zeng, Huazhong Univ of Science & Technology, China

Bart Borghuis, University of Louisville Medical Center, USA
Parallel Processing in the Visual System

Ania Majewska, University of Rochester, USA
Brain Applications

Lawrence Sincich, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA



Aiswaryah Radhakrishnan’s PhD public defense: “Presbyopia Corrections: Optical, Perceptual and adaptational implications”


Aiswaryah Radhakrishnan will defend her thesis  “Presbyopia Corrections: Optical, Perceptual and adaptational implications”  next May 18 (12:00) at Salón de actos, Facultad de Óptica y Optometría, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Rehersal: May 17th (11:00), at Pinar 25, room 60-11, CSIC.

-The PhD defense can be followed by streaming using this link:

Susana Marcos, honored with Borish Scholar Award at Indiana University.

Susana Marcos received the Borish Scholarship this week from Indiana University.
The Borish Scholar program is named in honor of the legendary clinician-scientist, Dr. Irv Borish, one of the founding members of the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO).  Scholars are selected based on their history of providing major research and scholarly contributions related to vision, patient care, clinical research, and of interest to Indiana University’s mission and education.  Susana Marcos has been named among 6 prestigious scientists in the first year of the program. She lectured on novel technologies applied in presbyopia correction

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