The overall goal of the NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research is to enhance the capabilities of vision research scientists by facilitating easy access to equipment, training and technical support which expands experimental capabilities, results in more cost-effective and time-efficient research, and opens up new research directions. This Center serves vision science researchers across the UTSW campus and facilitates new research collaborations and utilization of the core facilities by vision scientists at other nearby institutions. 

The Center Core supports the research activities of participating vision scientists by:

  1. Managing the operation of the Resource/Service Modules by managing usage and operations, and providing for skilled technical assistance, equipment maintenance, and the purchase of supplies
  2. Providing biostatistical services to Core investigators for the design and analysis of their research studies
  3. Expanding the number of collaborative research projects between investigators both within UTSW and between UTSW and other neighboring institutions
  4. Providing a fertile environment for the development of vision research programs of junior faculty members, and for new vision researchers recruited into the University
  5. Providing resources and training to assist graduate students, medical students, and post-doctoral fellows with their research projects

Our NEI Center Core consists of three Resource/Service Modules, each directed by a faculty member with experience and expertise in their unit’s focus area.  

The Department of Ophthalmology also sponsors a Visual Sciences Seminar Series and Works in Progress Series to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators on campus and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.