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Visual and ocular development

Sophia in her glasses

Our visual and ocular development research uses patient centred and basic science approaches to investigate normal and aberrant visual and ocular development.

Our research combines basic science investigations with patient centred studies into normal and abnormal visual function. Key areas of activity focus on developmental biology, the genetics of myopia and the understanding of visual function in children with Down's syndrome.

In 2017, our Down’s Syndrome Vision Research was awarded the UK’s most prestigious academic award – a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – for its pioneering research and treatment of vision problems in children with Down’s syndrome.

Staff members

Dr Jennifer Acton

Dr Jennifer Acton

Senior Lecturer & Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Email
actonj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0203
Dr Sally Hayes (née Dennis)

Dr Sally Hayes (née Dennis)

Research Fellow

Email
hayess5@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 208 70459
Professor Jeremy Guggenheim

Professor Jeremy Guggenheim

Professor in Myopia Research

Email
guggenheimj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0) 29 2087 4904
Dr Philip Lewis

Dr Philip Lewis

Research Fellow and Electron Microscopy Specialist

Email
lewispn@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 208 70459
Professor Keith Meek

Professor Keith Meek

Head of Biophysics Research Group, Emeritus Professor

Email
meekkm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6317
Professor Andrew Quantock

Professor Andrew Quantock

Professor

Email
quantockaj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5064
Dr Louise Terry

Dr Louise Terry

Lecturer

Email
terryl1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0247
Dr Margaret Woodhouse

Dr Margaret Woodhouse

Senior Lecturer, Head of the Down’s Syndrome Vision Research Unit

Email
woodhouse@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 76522
Dr Rob Young

Dr Rob Young

Research Fellow

Email
youngrd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 70205

Research groups

Our visual and ocular-development theme is pursued within four collaborative groups: