Viottorio Porciatti, D. Sc.
Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc., serves as the Director and Vice Chairman of Research of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Porciatti a tenured research professor of ophthalmology, is a neuroscientist, electrophysiologist and biophysicist, and his current research focuses on prevention of glaucoma.
He holds a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Eye
Institute for the project “Reversible Dysfunction of Retinal Ganglion Cells in Glaucoma.” Glaucoma causes progressive damage and death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) resulting in blindness. The prevalence of the disease will affect a projected 3,000,000 Americans by the year 2020. The long-term goal of Porciatti’s research project is to prevent RGC death in the early stages of glaucoma. Porciatti’s research team includes Lori Ventura, M.D., who serves as co-principal investigator, and other experts in the field of clinical glaucoma, imaging, and biostatistics. Porciatti is principal investigator of another NIH-funded study on experimental models of glaucoma and also of the NIH-core grant “Miami Eye Team” that provides a variety of resources in support of clinical and basic research at various departments at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Porciatti received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and a Doctorate degree from the University of Pisa, Italy. Prior to joining Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s faculty in 2001, he served for many years as senior scientist and a member of the scientific committee at the Institute of Neurophysiology at the Italian Research Council, Pisa. He also had an appointment at the School of Ophthalmology, Catholic University Rome, for studies on clinical applications of electrophysiological techniques. He has published and lectured extensively, has served on NIH-study sections, and has collaborated with prestigious institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) and Institut Pasteur, Paris. In 2000, his article in Nature Neuroscience on Pokemon-generated seizures explained physiological abnormalities in the brain of photosensitive children and made worldwide headlines.