The Eye and The Chip

Working toward a future with artificial vision.

The Eye and The Chip is a research congress that seeks to marry the most recent advances in nanoelectronics and neurobiology – to provide artificial vision to many people who are now blind as a result of many eye conditions, diseases and injuries. Results from the congress will advance the day when many persons now blind recover some level of useful vision. At this collaborative event, the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology brings together more than 30 authorities from various vision science and technology fields.

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2017 The Eye and The Chip:

The 10th World Congress on the Relationship between Neurobiology and Nano-Electronics Focusing on Artificial Vision

When: September 24 - 26, 2017

Where: Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

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(23.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit/s)

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Dedicated to:

  • Identifying areas of progress in the wedding between neurobiology and nanotechnology which will one day provide devices to be placed in the eye or the brain of many persons now blind to afford them some level of useful vision
  • Achieving, by collegial interchange, collaborative relationships between major programs in Europe, America, Asia and Australia
  • Identifying advances and challenges remaining in the global pursuit of true artificial vision
  • Identifying outcomes of device implantation where it is occurring—Europe, US, etc.
  • Identifying progress in the US FDA approval of visual Neuro-prosthetic device implantation in humans

Target audience:

  • Bioengineers
  • Biomaterials Researchers
  • Corporate Regulatory Officials
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineers
  • Journalists
  • Medical Device Representatives
  • Nanotechnologists
  • Neuro-anatomists
  • Neuro-pathologists
  • Neuro-radiologists
  • Neuro-surgeons
  • Neurophysiologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists
  • Blind Community
  • Interested Public
  • Press
  • Visual Physiologists
  • Venture Capitalists

Congress objectives:

At the end of the 10th The Eye and The Chip World Research Congress the lead research presenters and attendees will:

  • Have a clear understanding of which blind patients will eventually benefit from a visual neuro-prosthetic device
  • Be fully aware of which patients will benefit from a device within the eye, and which patients will be benefitted only by a device interfacing directly with the visual cortex of the brain
  • View the development process of a complex medical device, and will recognize the role played by the US FDA in bringing forth safe and effective medical devices for the American public
  • Review progress in the field of visual neuro-prosthetic device development and implantation — challenges and successes
  • Form possible additional collaborative relationships which will serve to accelerate the process of device development and implementation
  • Address and fully understand remaining challenges

2017 Sponsors

Signature Sponsor 

New World Medical, Inc

Poster Session

Bill and Happy Rands

Leadership Sponsor


Pioneer Sponsor

Alliance for Vision Research, Inc.
Novartis- Alcon Pharmaceuticals

Donations and In-Kind Sponsorships   

Nancy and Dale Hohlfeldt
Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Ryan

2016 Sponsors

Visionary supporter

Macular Degeneration2

Poster session

Bill and Happy Rands

Pioneer supporter

Heidelberg Engineering

Alcon Pharma - a Novartis Company

Leadership supporter

IMRA America, Inc.

JEDMED Instrument Company

Alliance for Vision Research, Inc.

Bartimaeus dinner

Friends of Vision

Donations & In-Kind Sponsorships

In Honor of Roberta Moy

Ambler Surgical

Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance Foundation, Inc.

Ann Nicholson

Dr. and Mrs Patrick Ryan

Nancy Hohlfeldt

Grosse Pointe Womans Club

Translational Vision Sciences & Technology (TVST), an ARVO Journal

For information from previous congresses, including photos and videos, please visit