Anterior Eye, Clinical Trials and Research Translation Unit
The Anterior Eye, Clinical Trials and Research Translation unit adopts an integrated approach to research in ocular disease, combining clinical, laboratory and behavioural science as a foundation for evidence-based practice to improve clinical outcomes.
Clinical Psychophysics Unit
Our research aims to better understand normal visual processing and damage due to disease.
Corneal and Ocular Immunology Unit
The mouse and human cornea contains populations of resident immune cells such as macrophages and dendritic cells. These cells play an important role in generating innate inflammatory responses against microbial pathogens and sterile injurious stimuli.
Eye Movement Laboratory
The Eye Movement Laboratory addresses a range of problems relating to eye movement control in both clinical populations as well as in normal subjects.
Imaging Retinal Cells Human Unit
Our broad research aim is to understand the fundamental workings of the living retina on the microscopic scale, and how this becomes compromised in sight-debilitating diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma.
Learning and Teaching Laboratory
Our research is directed at identifying and implementing best practice innovative teaching strategies to enhance learning and teaching across all programs within the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, and externally through collaborative projects.
National Vision Research Institute
The National Vision Research Institute is dedicated to research aimed at better understanding the complexities of vision and its disorders. Our goals are preventing blindness and restoring sight.
Ocular Biomarker Laboratory
The Ocular Biomarker Laboratory is interested in ways in which we can utilise the unique attributes of the eye to inform us about cortical disease and drug development.
- Assessing novel compounds for diagnostic retinal imaging
- Developing iPad home-monitoring platforms for multiple sclerosis assessment
- In vivo physiological characterisation of Parkinson’s disease
- Using the eye as a window into Alzheimer’s disease
- Wireless electroretinography and visual evoked potentials for central nervous system drug testing
Ocular Epidemiology Unit
The Ocular Epidemiology Unit performs collaborative research drawing on expertise from the fields of optometry, endocrinology, ophthalmology and epidemiology.
Ocular Physiology Laboratory
Our laboratory is interested in electrophysiology, imaging and developing novel methods for analysis and its application to understanding the risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma.
- Developing novel ocular biomarkers for drug testing and neurodegenerative disease of the CNS
- Evaluation of vascular, glial and functional deficits in diabetic eye disease
- Investigating the role of intracranial pressure in glaucoma
- Understanding the role of blood pressure, vascular autoregulation in ageing and glaucoma
- Using our novel model of glaucoma to understand if ganglion cells can recover from injury
The Optological Laboratory non-invasively investigates how the human eye and brain function, both in normal observers and those with eye disease.
- Analysing visual field data in macular disease
- Comparing oculomotor decision-making models for halting inappropriate actions
- Getting back on track after the unexpected happens: decision making in predictable and unpredictable environments
- The effect of intraocular pressure on retinal ganglion cell function
- The role of fixational eye movements in spatial vision
- Understanding progressive vision loss in the eye disease glaucoma
Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory
The Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory (RSFL) aims to increase our understanding of the link between structural and functional measures of damage in disease.
Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
The lab investigates neural mechanisms of attention, parallel pathways in vision, functional microcircuitry of the primary visual cortex, and visual attention, reading & dyslexia.
Visual Functions Laboratory
This laboratory develops and applies behavioural and electrophysiological methods to better understand vision during development and ageing, as well as in the detection and monitoring of eye or systemic disease.