The Department aims to make substantial contributions to the knowledge base of optometry, visual science and visual disorder, and to the training of future leaders of these endeavours.
The research of the department is directed to ten key focus areas.
Our department has 13 principal research groups that investigate a vast range of topics related to vision science and optometry, including clinic-based research and laboratory-based research on the eye and brain in health and disease. Our research groups commonly collaborate across other disciplines such as Anatomy, Engineering, Psychology, Physics, and Ophthalmology, as well as with industry partners.
Our department has a thriving Graduate Research program, with graduate students investigating all aspects of vision science: from clinical-based research questions, through understanding retinal processing, to investigating decision-making processes in the brain. Although a student may have a primary research focus that is based within a single laboratory, it is not uncommon to have co-supervisors across different laboratories to allow collaborations across research areas.
In addition to research laboratories located in the Department's core facilities in the Alice Hoy building, the Department has a significant research footprint in the Kenneth Myer Building (part of the Melbourne Brain Centre) and research facilities at the UMeyecare clinic.
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Researchers are located at key sites across Victoria, with more conducting research around the world. These renowned experts from every field can be found in labs, hospitals, affiliated research institutes and all across the wider community.Information and support tools for Faculty staff are available on the Faculty intranet.