Visual Neuroscience

Visual Neuroscience is a research area in which you can focus your studies within our PhD programme in Vision Sciences.

Distinctive features

  • International centre of excellence
  • Laboratory suites equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for cell and organ culture, histology, neuroscience, protein analysis, molecular biology, gene transfection, molecular genetics, absorption/emission spectroscopy, and microscopic imaging
  • Has made a number of novel discoveries in the context of this theme:
    • Identification of the gene responsible for the major form of optic atrophy
    • Lipofuscin is a photoinducible free radical generator that causes cell dysfunction
    • Matrix metalloproteinases are upregulated in the development of myopia in mammals and identification of a new member of the MMP family
    • Damage to the centrifugal visual system alters eye development and its retractive state, suggesting that the brain influences emmetropisation
  • Developed innovative experimental or genetic models for studying corneal transplantation, ocular development, glaucoma and optic atrophy, neural tracing, oxidative damage to the retina and a variety of eye diseases
  • Supported by grants from the MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR/NISCHR, EU, Medical Charities, Health Service and the private sector

Contacts

Administrative contact(s)

Professor Jonathan Erichsen

Academic contact(s)

Jon Erichsen

Professor Jonathan Erichsen

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

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

Research themes

  • Genetic models of eye disease
  • Understanding and preventing corneal dystrophies
  • Gene transfer
  • Structure of the optic nerve head in the healthy and glaucomatous eye
  • Pupillary, accommodative and eye movement disorders
  • Impact of neural plasticity on eye disease
  • Ageing and cell dysfunction
  • Oxidative damage and retinal dysfunction
  • Stem cell biology
  • Light damage to the eye
  • Mechanisms and prevention of neural cell death

Funding

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Vision Sciences programme.

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Postgraduate students on campus

Open Day

Meet us at our Postgraduate Open Day on 22 November 2017.

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