The Center for Visual Science (CVS) at the University of Rochester is an interdepartmental program that brings together vision scientists who share the conviction that the visual system can only be understood through the combined effort of scientists from different disciplines. The expertise of the CVS faculty spans psychophysical, physiological, computational, anatomical, and clinical approaches to visual science. The role of the Core is to integrate these approaches into a coordinated research effort. Since the last competitive review 5 years ago, CVS has grown from 28 to 32 members. 18 of these are participating investigators on the Core. The Core leverages funding for vision research, increases efficiency and productivity, increases the ability to attract highly-skilled technical stff, increases collaborative research, helps to develop shared techniques and instrumentation, and attracts scientists from other disciplines. The Core will support three modules: The Computing Module provides expertise in the generation of complex visual stimuli for psychophysical and physiological experiments, real-time experimental control, data analysis, and computational modeling. The Instrumentation Module provides expertise in optical, electronic, and mechanical engineering to design, assemble, maintain, and repair innovative technology for vision research. The Imaging Module provides facilities for histology, adaptive optics retinal imaging, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Public Health Relevance

The Core grant supports the research programs of 18 participating investigators, all of which have relevance to or, in many cases, are directly focused on the diagnosis and treatment of vision disorders. These research programs include new methods to improve vision by measuring and correcting the aberrations of the cornea and lens, to advanced optical technologies for imaging retinal degeneration and other retinal diseases, to evaluation of the causes of cell death in glaucoma, to the development of novel training methods to restore vision in victims of stroke.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Type
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
5P30EY001319-40
Application #
8706871
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZEY1-VSN (01))
Program Officer
Liberman, Ellen S
Project Start
1997-03-01
Project End
2018-07-31
Budget Start
2014-08-01
Budget End
2015-07-31
Support Year
40
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$614,000
Indirect Cost
$214,000
Name
University of Rochester
Department
Miscellaneous
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
041294109
City
Rochester
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
14627
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