Maureen Ann McCall

Kentucky Lions Eye Research Endowed Chair

School of Medicine

Maureen Ann McCall, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and has a joint appointment in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology.

Dr. McCall uses electrophysiological techniques in her research and evaluates normal retinal function, dysfunction caused by blinding retinal diseases and the restoration of function using a variety of therapeutic strategies.

Dr. McCall’s research interests include understanding the changes in visual function in glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB) and evaluating therapies to restore vision in each of these diseases. She also is investigating the changes in the basic interplay between excitation and inhibition in the mature and developing retinal circuit and which aspects are altered in disease. That research may lead to developing gene therapy approaches that will restore night vision in individuals with CSNB and general visual function in retinitis pigmentosa and glaucoma.

Dr. McCall was named chair of the 20-member Neurotransporters, Receptors and Calcium Signaling Study Section of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review and is the author of approximately 60 journal articles.

Dr. McCall is a 1977 graduate of the University of Maryland and received her doctorate in neurobiology from the State University of New York at Albany. She joined the UofL faculty in 1997.