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Subspecialties Neuro-ophthalmology, Basic & Translational Research

I Can See a ‘Brainbow’

It’s well-known that the developing brain starts off with many more connections than it has in adult life, and that some of those connections are strengthened while others are eliminated in a processed called synaptic pruning. In terms of the brain’s visual function, this means that we start out with synaptic connections from many retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) converging on the cells of the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) in the thalamus (whereupon signals are relayed to the visual cortex). As we age, the number of connections decreases. Or so we thought.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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