The eyes and retinas within them are our video cameras by which we see the world. Every time we tilt our head, our eyes also rotate within to partially compensate for the head tilt. Our project aims to understand how the brain achieves this remarkable feat of seeing a stable visual world in spite of all the movements of our heads, our eyes and our retinas. We expect to learn what part of the brain is involved in controlling the eyes, controlling our perception, or both. This information will bear on how we diagnose and treat patients whose perceptions are disturbed by disease or after trauma. We are grateful to FFS for its interest in and support of this project.
—Aubrey Gilbert, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital 2015 Post-Doctoral recipient