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Key research activities

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Our researchers aim to work collaboratively, ensuring they can combine their expertise and intellect to tackle vision disorders. 

Our key research units (groups) are listed below:

Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER)

A better knowledge of the interaction between the cornea and the tear-film is vital in understanding the aetiology and treatment of dry-eye, and for successful contact lens wear.The Research Unit is involved in clinically-related research in corneal function, tear-film physiology and contact lenses.

Macular Research Group

Our research focuses on diseases of the macular.

Neurodegeneration to regeneration (N2R)

We research the mechanisms that underpin neurodegeneration in the retina and optic nerve and use this to discover regenerative and therapeutic strategies.

Ocular therapeutics

We are driving the development of novel therapeutic interventions and treatments that can delay, prevent or cure blinding diseases.

Ophthalmic Public Health Group

Our multidisciplinary group undertake public health research related to the quality and safety of eye care.

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 negative effect on vision. Compared to research into other eye conditions, research into nystagmus is still relatively new. As a result there are still many problems yet to be investigated.

Structural Biophysics

We are increasing our understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the eye at a molecular level to help drive the development of potential new treatments for conditions such as keratoconus, myopia and glaucoma.

We are also heavily involved with the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER). Here our academics are working with 10 other Schools from across the University in the field of tissue repair, regeneration and rehabilitation.