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We are developing a set of 'smart' electronic glasses (‘smart specs’) to enhance sight for the visually impaired.
We use brain imaging techniques to investigate the human visual system, both in its normal state and in disease and disorder.
The Clinical Ophthalmology Research Group is led by Professor Robert MacLaren. Over the last decade, Professor MacLaren has been at the forefront of translational medical research into novel clinical treatments for incurable retinal diseases, and is regarded internationally as a leader in the fields of retinal gene therapy, electronic retinas and ocular robotic surgery.
Our research focuses on light dependent signalling in the retina and brain, including visual and non-visual light detection. We are also examining novel opsin photopigments and exploring their applications to optogenetics.
Our work involves the identification and characterisation of genes that play a role in the retina, including both visual and non-image forming tasks such as the detection of light for the entrainment of the circadian system.
Our research interests range across the neurosciences but with specific interests in circadian, visual and behavioural neuroscience.
Our research focuses on the non-image forming function of the eye, including how the light environment regulates sleep and circadian rhythms and how these responses are affected in disease.
The discovery of a novel inner retinal photoreceptor cell, driving non-visual functions, has had a significant impact on the retinal neuroscience field. My research focuses on understanding the physiology and function of these photosensitive retinal ganglion cells.