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Frederick Prete phd

​Glaucoma began to steal my father's vision when he was young. By middle age, he was blind. In addition, two of my younger cousins were blind from birth. So, I grew up understanding the challenges faced by those with vision loss. And, now, glaucoma is stealing from me

 

I began my career as a classroom instructor and department co-chair at a residential school for special needs children. I worked with those children who had the most severe challenges, including visual impairments and loss.

 

I went on to earn my PhD in Biological Psychology from The University of Chicago (1992) where I studied the neurobiology of visual perception. There, I realized that my research could be used to enhance the lives of visually impaired children like those with whom I worked years before. So, I began Haptic Insight as a charitable research endeavor.

Frederick Prete
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Speaking at Washington and Lee University, Lexington Virginia

Speaking in Rome Italy at Sapienza Università di Roma

From the Press

The Columbus Dispatch

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“Prete figures that by learning how simple brains work in nature, scientists might learn how more complex nervous systems work - information that could help in the design of artificial optic systems for robots and people.”

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Frontiers magazine

“In the long run, Prete feels, his finding will be instrumental in developing artificial seeing systems..."

Illinois Quarterly

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"Prete hopes his efforts will one day help scientists develop an artificial eye and other prosthetic seeing devices for humans.”

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