Prof outlines her research on vision and migraine headaches

York psychology Professor Fran Wilkinson will talk about her visual neuroscience research, including the connection between vision and migraine headaches, tomorrow as part of the Faculty Research Profile Series.

“From Cats Eyes to Headaches: Adventures in Neuroscience” will take place Thursday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 3:30pm at 214 Calumet College, Keele campus. RSVP by Nov. 10 to Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Left: Fran Wilkinson

In her research, Wilkinson, a member of the Centre for Vision Research at York, has examined the mechanisms of face and object recognition in the visual brain and how vision changes during aging.

“Throughout my career I have been fascinated by how the visual pathways of the brain capture and interpret the visual world. In this talk, I will briefly describe the sometimes winding path my own research career has taken, examining this central question in neuroscience from a variety of angles, using new technologies as they have come into being,” says Wilkinson.

“I will then discuss my current work on vision and migraine headache as an example both of the interface between basic and clinical neuroscience, and of the role of serendipity in research.”

The Faculty Research Profile Series, presented by Calumet College, features eminent York faculty speaking on their broad research interests rather than about a single narrow topic. Audiences will hear what professors have devoted their careers to studying, how they do what they do and why.