Vision is one of our most important senses, but we still know relatively little about how the brain enables it-and even less about what happens to the brain after vision loss. Dr. Stuart Trenholm, Canada Research Chair in Neuronal Circuits of Vision, is using state-of-the-art tools to investigate several unique and innovative topics in visual neuroscience.
He and his research team are exploring what happens to the brain following vision loss and the extent to which the blind brain is amenable to vision restoration. They are also studying how functional connectivity and neural computations in the visual system enable us to recognize objects. Finally, he and his team are looking at how eye movements impact this recognition. Their work will lead to a better understanding of how to restore vision and will advance interactions between neuroscience and artificial intelligence. This will further scientists’ understanding of brain function and could also influence the field of computer vision.