The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute is

Celebrating 60 years of Vision Research & Innovation

Message from the Director


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Following the success of the Functional Vision and Accessibility (FVA) Conference SKERI looks to a future of multi-disciplinary approaches to optimize functional vision and accessibility research


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Our Mission

Our mission is to create a unique environment for research on human vision  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.

Learn more about SKERI


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Latest News

SKERI Welcomes Claire Lilienthal Alternative School Students

On April 13th, 7th grade students from Claire Lilienthal Alternative School visited the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) in San Francisco. Audrey Wong-Kee-You, Research Coordinator at SKERI, welcomed the students and teachers and introduced them to the institute’s mission of creating a unique environment for the study of vision science and the development of assistive technology to support people who are blind and visually impaired.

Upcoming Events

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Parents; Arvind Chandna; Interactive Discussions

Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) @SKI Discussion Group for Parents and Children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

Monday, October 2nd, 2023 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The CVI@SKI Discussion Group will hold its next meeting on Monday, August 21st at 12:00 p.m. PST. Click here to check time in your time zone.

The meeting is a place where families, educators, researchers, and clinicians can meet in a virtual environment to connect and learn from one another. 

The agenda is as follows:




10 minutes

Welcome to Participants

Purpose of the CVI @ SKI Group…

Meet Our People

Natela Shanidze

Natela Shanidze

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James Coughlan

Director - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
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Preeti Verghese

Senior Scientist
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Steve Heinen

Senior Scientist
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Santani Teng

Associate Scientist