The Department considers basic science and clinical research one of the fundamental pillars of its academic mission and boasts interdisciplinary research programs ranging from translational and epidemiological studies to molecular, cellular, biochemical and genetic analyses of the visual system from the ocular surface to vision centers in the brain. Approximately one-half of our faculty members are actively engaged in research, evenly divided between basic research and epidemiological, or clinical research. These faculty members are supported by more than 150 other staff.
The research interests of faculty are diverse and include cellular and molecular immunology of the cornea and conjunctiva including virology of Herpes infections, trabecular meshwork cell biology and the pharmacology of outflow facility, RPE and retinal ganglion cell dysfunction in age-related disease, the genetics of retinal degeneration, epidemiology, nutritional biochemistry and human molecular genetics of age-related eye diseases, ocular oncology, ocular gene therapy, and human retinal development.
Recent Research News
Systemic Therapy Outperforms Intraocular Implant for Treating Uveitis
May 31 2017 // Uveitis is characterized by inflammation inside the eye and is a leading cause of vision loss in the working population. The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment Trial compared the effectiveness and risks of systemic therapy consisting…
Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Stem Cells, David Gamm, MD, PhD
Feb 27 2017 // David Gamm, MD, PhD, discusses Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Stem Cells at the Saving Sight: Macular Degeneration Symposium in October, 2016.
Research on Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Barbara Blodi, MD
Feb 15 2017 // Barbara Blodi, MD, discusses current research on treatments for age-related macular degeneration at the Saving Sight: Macular Degeneration Symposium in October, 2016.
VISION RESEARCH EVENTS
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