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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 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 teacher and department co-chair at a residential school for children with special needs. I worked with those children who had the most severe challenges, including visual impairments.


I went on to earn my PhD in Biological Psychology from The University of Chicago where I studied the neurobiology of vision. 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


“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.”


Frontiers magazine

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

Illinois Quarterly


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

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