Open Day for the Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN)
17 April 2010
Since its conception in 2000, the Research Unit for Nystagmus (RUN) at Cardiff University has had many volunteers for its research. The intention of the first Open Day was to pay tribute to and thank those who have volunteered, and to introduce those who were not volunteers to what we do in an informal environment. It was also a fantastic opportunity for RUN to show off their new piece of kit, the Tobii eye tracker, which was largely funded by Nystagmus Network (NN).
The Open Day saw over 30 people, including people with Nystagmus, parents of children with Nystagmus and Nystagmus researchers, attend the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. The day began with a warm welcome by RUN founder, Dr Jon Erichsen (Cardiff University), followed by presentations from Cardiff researcher Phil Jones, NN Scientific Advisor Prof. Chris Harris (Plymouth University), and NN Development Manager John Sanders. Following the talks, guests enjoyed a catered lunch followed by tours of the RUN research facilities and a demonstration of how the new Tobii X120 records eye movements non-invasively. Because of the acquisition of the Tobii system, RUN is now able to investigate the eye movements of even very young children with nystagmus.
Feedback from the day was excellent:
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for today and to congratulate you and your staff on its success. It is great to see how much research is going on into nystagmus at your department and to see how that fabulous machine is being used.” – Carol Bashford, Nystagmus Network
“Seeing the Tobii eye tracker in action was clearly one of the highpoints” – John Sanders, Nystagmus Network