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Visual Snow Initiative to present a Váró-abstract brain sculpture to MIT Neuroscientist Ed Boyden for his support to advance a ‘Visual Snow Syndrome’ cure

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Media Advisory: April 3 - Photo & Interview Opportunity


  • Dr. Ed Boyden , Assoc. Professor, Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, MIT, Boston, MA
  • Márton Váró , Award-winning sculptor, noted for his life-size sculptures, which are largely figurative.
    Váró's approach to sculpting is true to classic form, carving directly into the marble or stone, as masters like Michelangelo did. Váró's marble even comes from the same quarry in Carrara, Italy, as Michelangelo's. He is known for the ‘Angels’ at the Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas, and a 30-foot-tall sculpture of ‘The Annunciation,’ on the Ave Maria Oratory’s facade in Florida.
  • Paul Domb, Co-Founder, Visual Snow Initiative (VSI), a 501c3 U.S. charity formed to encourage collaboration, support education, develop resources to alleviate symptoms and raise research funds to fast track a cure for Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS) – a neurological condition that impairs a person’s vision, among other symptoms.

When:  Wednesday April 3, 2019 - 10 – 10:30 a.m. (EST)
Where: McGovern Reading Room, MIT, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA 02139

Event Details: 

  • On behalf of Márton Váró, Paul Domb, Co-Founder, VSI, will present ‘The Brain’ – a marble, abstract sculpture (approx. $30k USD value) to Dr. Boyden to thank him for collaborating with global researchers on new technologies to treat or cure VSS
  • Remarks from Márton Váró about his donation
  • Remarks from Dr. Boyden about his collaboration with the VSI and its global researchers

BOSTON, April 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Award-wining sculptor Márton Váró, noted for his monumental public art, wants everyone to see all the beauty in the world – from natural wonders like sunsets to classic and contemporary art. 

Unfortunately, people with a neurological condition called ‘Visual Snow Syndrome’ (VSS) can’t enjoy the world’s beauty because they see tiny dots 24/7, like a static TV screen. They see Váró’s sculpture – ‘The Brain’ – like this pixelated photo. Distorted vision, plus other symptoms, such as tinnitus, impaired night vision and migraines, make it challenging for people with VS to read, drive or enjoy a full quality of life.

Since May 2018, global researchers with the Visual Snow Initiative (VSI) have collaborated with MIT Neuroscientist Dr. Ed Boyden on VSS treatments or a cure.

On April 3, Paul Domb, Co-founder, VSI, is presenting ‘The Brain’ - an abstract, 18” x 8” marble sculpture, on behalf of Váró, to Dr. Boyden for his work with the charity. With Boyden, global researchers and other collaborators’ work, Váró and many others look forward to the day when people with VSS can enjoy the world’s beauty and lead full lives.

You don’t have to wait. You are invited to see this sculpture presentation, meet Váró, hear Boyden speak about his work with VSS researchers and learn about this debilitating condition, which often strikes young people without warning.

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For more information, photos or interviews with Dr. Boyden, Márton Váró or a VSI spokesperson, please contact:

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/3e6f6c5e-b510-46c9-a0e3-4546d9d8d01a

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