MIT Brain Scientist Discusses Neural Paths to Restore Sight

MIT neuroscientist Pawan Sinha will speak at Dartmouth next week about his work in India with the Prakash Foundation, which combines scientific inquiry and social service.

Project Prakash identifies children and young adults who are blind from birth because of treatable causes, usually congenital cataracts, and provides treatment that restores their sight. Sinha’s scientific work examines how these children and young adults learn to see once their sight is restored—how they learn to recognize objects and faces and navigate the world. Sinha founded the Prakash Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

The public lecture, titled “Project Prakash: Merging Science and Service,” is sponsored by Dartmouth’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Loew Auditorium at the Black Family Visual Arts Center.