Jonathan C. Horton M.D., Ph.D.



Neural Mechanisms Underlying Visual Loss

Jonathan C. Horton MD PhD specializes in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, treatment of double vision, and neuro-ophthalmology. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he also received a PhD in Neurobiology in the laboratory of Nobel prize winners David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel. He did a medical internship and a year of neurology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University. Horton completed fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is now Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Physiology, and a member of the Program in Neuroscience. His research interests fall into three broad categories: 1) clinical neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology, inquiring into the features, causes, and treatment of disorders that impair vision; 2) physiology and anatomy of the primate visual system, using knowledge acquired from NIH-funded laboratory experiments in monkeys to understand how the brain mediates perception; 3) strabismus, elucidating the neural mechanisms of visual suppression, amblyopia, and eye movement control in subjects with ocular misalignment. Horton is the recipient of the Troutman-Véronneau Prize, Bressler Prize in Vision Science, Alcon Research Award, and the Osler Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCSF Class of 2011.


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Research Areas:

Amblyopia Strabismus or Eye Movement Disorders, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric, Exotropia, Visual suppression, Central visual pathways
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