Vision Science 84, Section 1

Vision Research Seen through Myopia (near-sightedness) (1 unit, P/NP) SEATS AVAILABLE

Professor Christine Wildsoet
Thursday 4:00-6:00, 394 Minor Hall, Class number: 38194

As an introduction to vision research, this seminar will combine reading of recent review papers with hands-on research through mini-projects. Using myopia (near-sightedness) as a topical research example, we will explore together the field through recent review papers–what is known about the condition and the research approaches used to discover that information. Based on this literature, we will formulate research questions around which self- and small-group studies will be designed and executed. Research tools encountered will include questionnaires and instruments used to obtain objective measures of eye dimensions, refractive errors, vision, and visual experience. We will also consider the applications and relative merits of animal models and in vitro cell and tissue studies in myopia research.

Instructor Bio

Professor Wildsoet is on the faculty of the School of Optometry, where she is involved in pharmacology teaching and coordinating two summer research programs for Optometry students. She is also a member of the Vision Science group. Her research is multidisciplinary as is her research group, which includes basic scientists and clinicians, both local and international. The focus of research in her lab is myopia (nearsightedness), specifically the mechanisms underlying the development of myopia and its clinical management. The overriding goals of this research is understand the environmental factors driving the current myopia epidemic and the development of novel and improved treatments for controlling myopia. Under optimal conditions, young eyes adjust their eye growth to correct neonatal focusing errors. Understanding how this growth regulatory process is derailed in myopia can provide the keys to new treatments. Over the course of her research career, Professor Wildsoet has had the opportunity to work with a range of animals and birds to address other questions related to eye design as well.

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Students interested in research or who find themselves asking "why" a lot should enjoy this seminar. Consider this seminar if graduate research, e.g. a PhD, is among your career path possibilities. The goal of this seminar is to open your eyes to the broad range of possibilities that fall under the umbrella of vision research. If you are also myopic (nearsighted), you may also learn a lot about your own eyes.

This seminar is part of the following programs

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