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Visual Sciences Research Center

The VSRC was founded at Case Western Reserve University in 1996 and now comprises a multidisciplinary and comprehensive research program in vision and ophthalmology, with approximately 28 members in various CWRU departments including:

  • Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurology and Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

It is led by Dr. Irina Pikuleva, Research Director of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. VSRC scientists study basic and clinical aspects of the eye involving three interdisciplinary research theme groups:

  • Aging and Diabetes
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Glaucoma

The VSRC is supported by a National Eye Institute-supported P30 Core Grant with 4 modules:

  1. Histology, Microscopy & Imaging
  2. Molecular Biology & Genotyping
  3. Specialized Animal Resources – mouse breeding and ocular function
  4. Tissue Culture & Hybridoma

The VSRC also holds a T32 Training grant from the NEI supporting both graduate and post-graduate training in the visual sciences.

Learn more about VSRC at Case.edu