Visual neuroscience

We aim to devise novel interventions and/or treatments for a variety of ocular conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, eye movement disorders and diabetic retinopathy.

We are engaged in multidisciplinary investigations of the basis of eye disease, from the molecular to the brain systems level.

Our investigations range from the exploration of neural plasticity to free radical scavenging mechanisms in the retina to studies of the genetic drivers of disease to the impact of the brain's visual pathways on the eye. 

Current research

Research areas of 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
  • magnetoperception (in collaboration with our colleagues in the School of Engineering).

Research impact

Our research efforts have led to the development and exploitation of a wide range of experimental models of normal visual function and eye disease.

We have 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.

Theme lead

Jon Erichsen

Professor Jonathan Erichsen

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

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