The 24th Pupil Colloquium

Asilomar Conference Center

Pacific Grove, California

September 7-11, 2001

1st Boston, 1961 Stark




January 4, 2001


Dear Colleague:

I have the pleasure of sending you the first notice for the 24th Pupil Colloquium planned for the dates of September 7th through September 10th, 2001 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. We are hoping for another successful gathering of experts from diverse fields, all with their special insight into pupillary anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology.

Asilomar is a beautiful, restful resort on the Pacific coast between Monterey and Carmel, California. Although the area has many attractions for the tourist, Asilomar is a special place designed to "rest one’s nerves" and get away from the hectic pace of daily routines. I have visited Asilomar on several occasions to plan the meeting and each time I have been impressed with the beautiful natural setting and the efficiency of the staff.

The format for the meeting will be similar to previous colloquia. Oral presentations will be delivered at morning and afternoon sessions, with related topics under consideration at each session. I encourage you to present your most recent material to us and invite others with interests similar to yours to attend. I think you will find the enclosed guaranteed rates extremely fair, as the meeting takes place during the peak tourist season for this exclusive stretch of California coast. You will note that the quoted rates include all meals, which I have found to be highly satisfactory on previous visits.

Plans for the social program are still in progress but we definitely will have a group tour of the Monterey Aquarium in Monterey. This facility is regarded by the experts as the finest aquarium in the world and is located only a short distance from Asilomar. We have reservations to visit on the afternoon of Monday, September 10th.

Travel into this area is not difficult. There are bus shuttles from the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey airports that take you into downtown Monterey, and from there it is only a short taxi ride to Asilomar. After you have committed to attend the meeting I will send detailed travel plans for both air and road transportation to Asilomar.

Peter Howarth will handle the abstracts for this meeting on the Pupil Website: The format for each abstract will be identical to the previous meeting in Nottingham, England. Further information will be sent in subsequent mailings.

I hope that you will join us at Asilomar in September 2001. From all indications, several investigators active in pupillary research are planning to attend and this will provide us with immediate resources to learn about the pupil and plan future projects.




Merlin D. Larson, M.D.


2 line 117. >nd Boston, 1962 Stark

3rd New York, 1963 Lowenstein, Loewenfeld

4th Washington. DC, 1965, Feinberg

5th Philadelphia, 1967, Laties

6th Bethesda, 1969 Wagner

7th Rochester, MN, 1971, Martens

8th Detroit, 1973 Loewenfeld

9th Iowa City, 1975 Thompson

10th Flushing, NY, 1977, Hakerem

11th London, 1979 Smith & Turner

12th Winnipeg, 1981 Janisse

13th Toronto, 1983 Czarnecki

14th Vancouver, 1985, Cox

15th Hamamatsu, 1986, Ishikawa

16th New York, 1987, Behrens, Odel

17th Vancouver, 1988, Thompson, Cox

18th Berkeley, 1989 Stark, Myers

19th Woods Hole, 1991, Loewenfeld

20th Iowa City, 1993, Thompson, Kardon

21st Tübingen, 1995 Wilhelm, Wilhelm

22nd Birmingham, 1997, Gamlin

23rd Nottingham, 1999, Szabadi, Howarth

24th Asilomar, 2001 Larson, Howarth