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The Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary maintains a tradition of excellence in collaborative and interdisciplinary vision science research and is dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing blinding eye disease.

  • # 13 in US Ophthalmology Departments for NIH Funding. Rankings from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

  • 86 Active grants/awards

    Totaling $56.3 million in sponsored research funding

  • 2nd Longest continually funded National Eye Institute core grant in the nation – first awarded in 1978.

Our research contributes to a greater understanding of the visual process and the causes of vision loss. Investigations are laboratory and patient-based, ranging from studies of single molecules and their role in the visual process to evaluations of rehabilitation therapy for people living with impaired vision. The basic sciences represented in the Department include:

  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Electrophysiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Genomics
  • Physics
  • Physiology and psychophysics

Vision research is supported by many sponsored programs, including a Core Grant for Vision Research and a Clinician Scientist Training Grant both from the National Eye Institute.

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