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Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology

We pursue scientific and clinical research into a range of areas related to vision, the eye and circadian neuroscience.

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We maintain a strong tradition of close cooperative contacts between clinical and non-clinical researchers across Oxford. This allows new discoveries on the biology of the eye and the ocular regulation of brain function, to be translated into clinical practice across broad areas of health.

Our research strategy recognises the dual function of the eye as both the receptor organ for vision and for the regulation of sleep and circadian (24h body clock) systems. We are currently the only research centre in Europe, and one of the very few in the world, where these dual functions of the eye are being studied in parallel.

Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute

Directed by Professor Russell Foster, the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) was established in 2012 with funding from the Wellcome Trust and University of Oxford. The SCNi brings together molecular and systems neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and bioengineers from across the University to integrate sleep and circadian neuroscience with psychiatry.

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