Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN)

Nystagmus is a constant involuntary movement of the eyes. The fact that the eyes are constantly moving can have a damaging effect on vision. The field of research into nystagmus is still a relatively new area, in optometry and ophthalmology. As a result there are still many problems yet to be investigated.

Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN) was established in 2000 by Prof. Jon Erichsen and his colleagues with the aim of improving knowledge of nystagmus and its effects on vision and visual function.  The research unit is primarily concerned with investigating visual performance in people with nystagmus, and how environmental factors affect the movements of the eyes and their vision.

RUN has a cohort of extremely supportive subjects with nystagmus who take part in our investigations and to whom we are very grateful.

Impact of our research

In recent years, RUN has made a number of discoveries dispelling anecdotal theories and identifying key factors in visual problems experienced by people who suffer with nystagmus. This has led to a publication in the high impact optical journal, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS).

Selected publications

Director

Jon Erichsen

Yr Athro Jonathan Erichsen

Director of Postgraduate Research

Email:
erichsenjt@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5656

Academic staff

 Matthew Dunn

Dr Matt J Dunn

Teacher

Email:
dunnmj1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 70576
Lee McIlreavy

Dr Lee McIlreavy

Lecturer

Email:
mcilreavyl@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 75665
Maggie Woodhouse

Dr Margaret Woodhouse

Senior Lecturer

Email:
woodhouse@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 76522

Postgraduate students

Hannah Raspe

Onyx Raspe

Research student

Email:
raspehr@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6471
Nikita Thomas

Nikita Thomas

Research student

Email:
thomasn23@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+ 44 (0)29 208 76471
Asma Binti Ahmad Zahidi

Mrs Asma Binti Ahmad Zahidi

Research student

Email:
bintiahmadzahidiaa@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0556

Associated staff

Yr Athro Christopher Harris

Honorary Visiting Professor