Hello Eye on Vision Supporters!
is a small update on the visual snow research that I wanted to share
with everyone. It is in "scientific terms," so may be a little confusing
to those who are not familiar with the terminology. You can follow up
in the Visual Snow Research group on Facebook for more clarification
from the group if needed.
Hypermetabolism and Hypometabolism
The research had not focused on hypometabolism in the initial study. This is
another kind of statistical analysis. When looking at hypometabolism, the researchers
found the right superior temporal gyrus and the left inferior parietal
lobe to be less active in VS than in controls. (This is considered a new finding)
importantly, the researchers found independent from the PET data that the brain
structure of VS patients differs very close to the hypermetabolic
area in the lingual gyrus.
structural difference is really small (but significant). The researchers' finding are
from the GROUP-difference of VS and healthy controls and it cannot be
identified on an individual MRI…
this is important to be identified since such structural and functional
congruence points to this area being relevant for VS.
The researchers (Schankin and team) believe that this underlines that the lingual gyrus is of particular importance for VS.
*** The next phase of research is set to begin in a few weeks!!! ***
Donations are always needed and appreciated through:
for our floaters campaign, our very generous anonymous donor made a lot
of people smile yesterday by donating $5,000 once the campaign reached
it's first $5,000. This brings us to $10,135 as of the time I'm typing
I will be hearing the details of Dr. Sebag's
research plan at the end of this month. This is groundbreaking research
for vitreous floaters. We are thrilled to be 1/5 of the way to our goal
Would you like to donate and help get us closer?
*** Our donor has promised another $5,000 donation once we reach $15,000. Please help us get there!