In amblyopia, an eye that has an impediment such as a cataract fails to develop strong connections to the brain, leading to lasting vision impairment in that eye, even if the original occlusion is eventually corrected. A new treatment can "reboot" connections between the eye and the brain, allowing them to strengthen.
The K. Lisa Yang Center for Bionics will push forward the development and deployment of enabling technologies that communicate directly with the nervous system to mitigate a broad range of disabilities. The center’s scientists, clinicians, and engineers will work together to create, test, and disseminate bionic technologies that integrate with both the body and mind.
“The one question I am most interested in is how does the brain form internal models of the external world? Studying inference is really a powerful way of gaining insight into these internal models.”