Helping the Blind to See
Dr. Thompson combined his interests in electrical engineering and medicine to perform research at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute that may one day help those suffering from severe visual loss to see again.
Dr. Thompson received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and developed circuits for neurophysiologic research at the Kansas University Medical Center. During his medical school and ophthalmogy residency at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Thompson worked with Dr. Robert Massof, Dr. Mark Humayun, and Dr. Gislin Dagnelie to conduct research to develop the parameters for a visual prosthesis. Their research will help aid in the design of retinal and/or cortical visual prosthetic devices.