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The best Publications of the Year 2016

The Vision Research community has made its decision to choose the best publications of the year 2016. The ‘Pick of the Year’ reflects the personal choice and preference of the community submitted by its members.

This year we had a tremendous feedback and received suggestions from a variety of countries throughout the world (Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America). Surprisingly the most contributions originated from the USA (36%) followed by Germany (21%) and Switzerland with 12%.

We are very happy about these results and the enthusiasm of the community. We are very glad to present the top five papers with the highest scores.

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Emerging therapies for inherited retinal degeneration.

With 52% of all submitted replies, our number one paper of the year got a clear winning margin. To cite some comments: (i) “Wonderful and informative publication. Up and coming developments in Retina using the science of new therapeutic approaches incorporating gene and stem cell therapy as well as microchip implantations in ophthalmology”; (ii) “This is a fantastic overview of inherited retinal degeneration as well as a dazzling outlook for future therapeutic opportunities”; (iii) “Please receive my vote for this publication which I believe will be a tremendous contribution to much needed therapy for inherited retinal degeneration (…)”.

Emerging therapies for inherited retinal degeneration.

Sci Transl Med. 2016 Dec 7;8(368):368rv6.

Scholl HP1,2, Strauss RW2,3,4,5,6, Singh MS2, Dalkara D7,8,9, Roska B10,11, Picaud S7,8,9, Sahel JA7,8,9,12,13,14.

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, University of Basel, 4056 Basel, Switzerland. hendrik.scholl@usb.ch.
  • 2Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.
  • 3Moorfields Eye Hospital, London EC1V 2PD, U.K.
  • 4UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, London EC1V 9EL, U.K.
  • 5Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria.
  • 6Department of Ophthalmology, Johannes Kepler University Linz, 4021 Linz, Austria.
  • 7INSERM, UMR S 968, 75012 Paris, France.
  • 8Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Institut de la Vision, Paris, France.
  • 9CNRS, UMR 7210, 75012 Paris, France.
  • 10Department of Ophthalmology, University of Basel, 4056 Basel, Switzerland.
  • 11Neural Circuit Laboratories, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, 4058 Basel, Switzerland.
  • 12Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, 75019 Paris, France.
  • 13Centre d'Investigation Clinique 1423, INSERM-Center Hospitalier National d'Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, 75012 Paris, France.
  • 14Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
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Retinal transplantation of photoreceptors results in donor-host cytoplasmic exchange.

With 15% the readership voted for our number 2 in 2016. Some comments were: (i) “The first of a series of papers challenging the long established idea of integration of photoreceptors in the ONL following transplantation”; (ii) “Successfully challenging the prevalent paradigm in a research field always has been a tough endeavour. Experiments have to be particularly well conceptualized, designed and especially thoroughly conducted to convince the scientific community of a new idea contradicting the common view (…)”; (iii) “ (…) it is this kind of publications bringing the amount of knowledge a huge step further towards the development of new and effective clinical therapies”.

Retinal transplantation of photoreceptors results in donor-host cytoplasmic exchange.

Nat Commun. 2016 Oct 4;7:13028. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13028.

Santos-Ferreira T1, Llonch S1, Borsch O1, Postel K1, Haas J1, Ader M1.

  • 1CRTD/Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Technische Universität Dresden, Fetscherstrasse 105, 01307 Dresden, Germany.
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The functional diversity of retinal ganglion cells in the mouse.

Our number three was selected by 10% of the contributors stating comments as (i) “Ground-breaking” or “The authors have finally succeeded in providing a principled catalog of functional ganglion cell types in the mouse retina. This catalog will greatly facilitate future research on visual coding in the mammalian retina”.

The functional diversity of retinal ganglion cells in the mouse.

Nature. 2016 Jan 21;529(7586):345-50. doi: 10.1038/nature16468. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

Baden T1,2,3, Berens P1,2,3,4,5, Franke K1,2,3,6, Román Rosón M1,2,3,6, Bethge M1,2,5,7, Euler T1,2,3.

  • 1Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.
  • 2Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.
  • 3Institute for Ophthalmic Research, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.
  • 4Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.
  • 5Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Tübingen, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.
  • 6Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, 72074 Tübingen, Germany.
  • 7Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.
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Surgical treatment of presbyopia with central presbyopic keratomileusis: One-year results.

The paper on the 4th place describes “a comprehensive study looking at objective and subjective outcomes of presbyopic LASIK with the Wavelight Custom Q algorithm. The conclusion of the study is that central presbyopic LASIK with corneal asphericity modulation using the monovision correction algorithm was effective and safe for presbyopia treatment.”

Surgical treatment of presbyopia with central presbyopic keratomileusis: One-year results.

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Oct;42(10):1415-1423. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2016.07.031.

Wang Yin GH1, McAlinden C1, Pieri E1, Giulardi C1, Holweck G1, Hoffart L2.

  • 1From the Ophthalmology Department (Yin, Pieri, Giulardi, Hoffart), Aix-Marseille University, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille, Hôpital de la Timone, and the Ophthalmology Department (Holweck), French Military Health Service, Laveran Hospital, Marseille, France; the Department of Surgery (McAlinden), Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Swansea, United Kingdom; Flinders University (McAlinden), Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Wenzhou Medical University (McAlinden), Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China.
  • 2From the Ophthalmology Department (Yin, Pieri, Giulardi, Hoffart), Aix-Marseille University, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille, Hôpital de la Timone, and the Ophthalmology Department (Holweck), French Military Health Service, Laveran Hospital, Marseille, France; the Department of Surgery (McAlinden), Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Swansea, United Kingdom; Flinders University (McAlinden), Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Wenzhou Medical University (McAlinden), Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Electronic address: louis.hoffart@ap-hm.fr.
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Neural Summation in the Hawkmoth Visual System Extends the Limits of Vision in Dim Light.

With each 5% the 5th place has to be shared between two papers

Neural Summation in the Hawkmoth Visual System Extends the Limits of Vision in Dim Light.

Curr Biol. 2016 Mar 21;26(6):821-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.01.030. Epub 2016 Mar 3.

Stöckl AL1, O'Carroll DC2, Warrant EJ3.

  • 1Department of Biology, University of Lund, Sölvegatan 35, 22362 Lund, Sweden. Electronic address: anna.stockl@biol.lu.se.
  • 2Department of Biology, University of Lund, Sölvegatan 35, 22362 Lund, Sweden; Adelaide Centre for Neuroscience Research, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.
  • 3Department of Biology, University of Lund, Sölvegatan 35, 22362 Lund, Sweden.

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Simultaneous Complement Response via Lectin Pathway in Retina and Optic Nerve in an Experimental Autoimmune Glaucoma Model.

Simultaneous Complement Response via Lectin Pathway in Retina and Optic Nerve in an Experimental Autoimmune Glaucoma Model.

Front Cell Neurosci. 2016 Jun 1;10:140. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2016.00140. eCollection 2016.

Reinehr S1, Reinhard J2, Gandej M1, Kuehn S1, Noristani R1, Faissner A2, Dick HB1, Joachim SC1.

  • 1Experimental Eye Research Institute, University Eye Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum Bochum, Germany.
  • 2Department of Cell Morphology and Molecular Neurobiology, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Ruhr-University Bochum Bochum, Germany

Our congratulation goes to all winners and we may thank all contributors for their constructive submissions.

We are looking forward for the "best puplication in 2017.