Research at the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Our mission is to promote vision science research leading to improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blindness and visual impairment.

In the past several years, we have successfully expanded the department's research and clinical capabilities by establishing a close strategic alliance with the other research centers and departments at the University of Texas Medical Branch. This allows our faculty to work closely with investigators with expertise in neuroscience, immunology and pathology, proteomics, inflammation, aging, imaging, device development and bioengineering while pursuing multidisciplinary pre-clinical and clinical studies research projects.

These efforts have been supported by the

  • National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Defense
  • NASA
  • American Heart Association
  • International Retinal Research Foundation
  • American Health Association Foundation
  • Ted Nash Long Life Foundation

Specifically, the implementation of our strategic goals has enabled us to position the department in a highly unique, intellectually and academically rich environment where we have established strong research and training programs in the following three areas of focus. We believe it is crucial to make rapid progress in basic and translational research in these areas to improve the health of vision while leading an excellent and sustainable vision research program.

  1. Diagnosis and treatment of retina disorders
  2. Diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma
  3. Advanced ophthalmic imaging and bioengineering