Martin J Steinbach

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus

Locations / Contact Info:

225 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus

Locations / Contact Info:

6FP-204
Phone (Toronto Western Hospital): 416-603-6479

Email address(es):

msj@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

http://cvr.yorku.ca/webpages/steinbach.htm
http://vhrc.net
http://vsrp.uhnres.utoronto.ca/

Faculty & School/Dept.

Degrees

PhD - 1968
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusets

Biography

  Dr. Martin Steinbach is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Health, and a member of the Graduate Programs in both Psychology and Biology.  After receiving his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he came to York University in 1968 as a Research Associate and Special Lecturer in the Department of Psychology.  He became a Professor in 1981. 

At York, Dr. Steinbach has been Chairperson of the Department of Psychology, Atkinson College, and was a founding member of the Centre for Vision Research.  He chaired the Senate Committee on Research in 1980-81.  In addition, he is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Research, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto.  He is the Director of Vision Science Research at the Toronto Western Hospital

 He studies eye movements and visual development processes in people with disordered vision, and has described his findings at research and clinical institutes around the world.  He has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and invited book chapters, and has obtained over $2 million in research funding. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, and is the President of the Vision Health Research Council of Canada.  He represents Canadian researchers as a member of the National Coalition for Vision Health and is an Advisor to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind as well as the Canadian Foundation Fighting Blindness.  He is a past Trustee and Vice-President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and has been named winner of the 2009 Karl Kupfer Award by that organization.

 

Selected Publications















Steinbach, M.J. (2016) Research Highlight: Invited Commentary on Blumer et al. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science in press


Mueller, A. S., Gonzålez, E. G., McNorgan, C., Steinbach, M. J., & Timney, B. (2016). Effects of spatial andf temporal constraints on the perception of visual acceleration. Perception in press.


Kisilevsky, E., Tarita-Nistor, L., Gonzalez, E.G., Markowitz, S., Mandelcorn, M., Brent, M.H., & Steinbach, M.J. Visual function and distribution of the preferred retinal loci in patients with AMD. . Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology (2016) in press.


Bedell, H.E., Pratt, J.D., Krishnan, A., Kisilevsky, E., Brin, T.A., Gonzalez, E.G., Steinbach, M.J. & Tarita-Nistor, L. (2015) Repeatability of Nidek MP-1 fixation measurements in patients with bilateral central vision loss. .  Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 56:2624-2630. DOI:10.1167.15-16511.


Tarita-Nistor, L., Eizenman, M., Landon-Brace, N., Markowitz, S. N., Steinbach, M. J. & Gonzalez, E. G. (2015) Identifying the absolute location of the PRLs during binocular viewing.  Optometry and Vision Science 92, 863-872.


González, E. G., Lillakas, L., Greenwald, N., Gallie, B. L. & Steinbach, M. J. (2014) Unaffected smooth pursuit but impaired motion perception in monocularly enucleated observers. Vision Research, 101, 151-157.


Tarita-Nistor, L., Hadavi, S., Steinbach, M. J., Markowitz, S. N., & González, E. G. (2014) Vection in patients with glaucoma. Optometry and Vision Science, 91 556-563..


Tarita-Nistor, L., Brent, M. H., Steinbach, M. J., Markowitz, S. N., & González, E. G. (2014).  Reading training with threshold stimui in people with central vision loss.   Optometry and Vision Science, 91, 86-96.


González, E. G., Lillakas, L., Lam, A., Gallie, B. L. & Steinbach, M. J. (2013). Horizontal saccade dynamics after childhood monocular enucleation.  Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 54, 6463-6471.


Tarita-Nistor, L., Brent, M. H., Markowitz, S. N., Steinbach, M. J., & González, E. G. (2013).  Maximum reading speed and binocular summation in patients with central vision loss.   Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology 48, 443-449.


Tarita-Nistor, L., Lam, D., Brent, M. H., Steinbach, M. J. & González, E. G.  (2013) Courier: A better font for reading with age-related macular degeneration. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 48, 56-62.


Tarita-Nistor, L.,Mandelcorn, M. S., Steinbach, M. J., Mandelcorn, E. D., & González, E. G. (2013) Fixation stability and location in patients with unilateral idiopathic epiretinal membrane. Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina, 44, 46-49.



Kanjee, R., Yucel, Y. H., Steinbach, M. J., González, E. G., Gupta, N.  (2012) Delayed saccadic eye movements in glaucoma. Eye and Brain, 4, 63-68.Steinbach, M. J. (2016). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 51, in press


 



Steinbach, M. J. (2015). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 50, 399.


Steinbach, M. J. (2015). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 50, 337.


 


Steinbach, M. J. (2015). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 50, 256.



Steinbach, M. J. (2015). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 50, 183.


Steinbach, M. J. (2015). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 50, 94.


Steinbach, M. J. (2015). Cyclops: Update on progress in vision science.  Invited column for Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 50, 5.





 



 




Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students:

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers:

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects:

Current Research

I study eye movements and visual processes in people with normal or with disordered vision. People with eyes that do not align, a condition called strabismus, will frequently have surgical or pharmacological treatment of their eye muscles. By studying the adaptations made after these treatments, we gain insight as to the kinds of information the brain uses to stay informed about the positions and movements of the eyes. I also study children who grow up with only one normal eye, either because the other eye has been removed in early childhood because of retinoblastoma, or because of an early onset strabismus. The changes in various visual functions (Depth perception, acuity, eye movements, etc) gives us insights about the plasticity of the developing visual system as well as suggestions as to the timing of intervention.  We are also studying visual function in patients with age-related macular degeneration, training their eye movements to become more useful.

 

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Martin J Steinbach