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Visual Neuroscience

Student Using Microscope

The Visual Neuroscience Research group is engaged in multidisciplinary investigations of the basis of eye disease, from the molecular to the brain systems level, with a view to devising novel interventions and/or treatments for a variety of ocular conditions. Our ongoing investigations range from the exploration of neural plasticity and free radical scavenging mechanisms in the retina to studies of the genetic drivers of disease and the impact of the brain’s visual pathways on the eye. Research areas of current interest include corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation and wound healing, inherited optic neuropathies, oxidative damage and retinal dysfunction, myopia, neurobiological pathologies, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eye movement disorders and, in collaboration with our colleagues in the School of Engineering, magnetoperception. In the last few years, our research efforts have led to the development and exploitation of a wide range of experimental models of normal visual function and eye disease. Indeed, our group has been responsible for a number of discoveries that have had an impact in both the scientific and lay communities, in some cases receiving media coverage.


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