William H. Seiple, PhD: Director of the Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute

Dr. William H. Seiple, a world famous expert on vision perception and low vision rehabilitation, heads Lighthouse International's Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute. The author of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Dr. Seiple has a distinguished career in vision research.

Dr. Seiple has dedicated his career to finding technologies that improve the quality of life for sight-impaired people. He is the head researcher for Lighthouse International's BrainPort trials, and has been awarded grants from the Veteran's Administration. Most recently, Dr. Seiple has received grants to develop new interventions to maximize the reading ability of people with age-related macular degeneration.

Prior to joining Lighthouse International, he was a Professor at the New York University School of Medicine, an Adjunct Professor at SUNY State College of Optometry, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. He also has served as Director of Electrodiagnostic Services at Bellevue Hospital and as Director of Clinical Psychophysics at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Seiple has authored over 125 scientific publications in peer-reviewed research journals and five book chapters, including a chapter in the Handbook of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has evaluated suitability for publication of submissions to over 30 journals and has served on the editorial boards of three scientific journals. He has served on grant review panels for the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Department of Veterans Affairs Neurobiology Grants Committee, and on grant review boards for numerous national and international research foundations. In addition, he has served on the program and organizing committees of two large international societies.

Dr. Seiple serves on the editorial board of Documenta Ophthalmological and on several scientific advisory boards for industry. He has served as chair of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s Annual Meeting Program Committee (Visual Neuroscience Section) and on the Program Committee for the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology Annual Meeting.

Dr. Seiple has successfully obtained research grant funding from government, industry, and research foundations sources, and has been involved in successful Small Business Innovation Research Grants. His broad industry experience includes numerous industry-sponsored clinical trials, investigator-initiated studies, and post-market research designed to obtain data to support marketing claims and/or to guide future development directions. Dr. Seiple has been an expert panel member for drug eye safety study, a consultant, and runs an electroretinogram reading center for industry-sponsored studies.

He holds a PhD in Ecology, Ethnology and Evolution from the University of Illinois, an MA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, and a BA in Psychology from Albright College.



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