Scientist Profile

Dr. Stephen J. Heinen and his lab study how visual perception and cognition guide the smooth pursuit eye movement system. The goal of his research is to provide information about basic neural mechanisms that drive this system and will aid in the diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye movement disorders.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute announces the availability of postdoctoral fellowships.

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Dr. Suzanne McKee Awarded 2015 Davida Teller Award

Congratulations to Dr. Suzanne McKee who was awarded the 2015 Davida Teller Award by the Vision Sciences Society (VSS). VSS is a membership organization committed to progress in understanding vision, and its relation to cognition, action and the brain. VSS established the Davida Teller Award in 2013.

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Be A Subject

Smith-Kettlewell's research depends on the generous participation of patients and healthy volunteers to learn more about illnesses of the eye, vision science, and the best techniques for creating rehabilitation aids for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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An experiment in session

Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Reading Skills

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 65 and older in the US. Since the advanced form of this disease affects central vision function, reading difficulties are one of the most common complaints of AMD patients.

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Reading test in progress


Our mission is to create a unique environment for research on human vision. Basic scientific research to increase the understanding of normal vision in support of vision disorders, clinical research to develop new diagnostic procedures and treatments for visual and other sensory disorders, and engineering research to produce better techniques for aid and rehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted.

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