The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute 

Commemorates One Year of Bill Gerrey's Passing with the Blind Makers Fund

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In support of Bill Gerrey's legacy of innovation in accessible science and engineering.


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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.

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Dr. Skerswetat Jan, PhD, MSc, BSc Postdoctoral researcher Department of Ophthalmology University of California, Irvine

Advanced Psychophysical Methods for Comprehensive Visual Function Assessment

Thursday, July 25th, 2024 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Assessing visual function is a fundamental aspect of eye research. However, existing tests often face limitations due to their design for in-clinic use, the necessity for trained personnel, time consumption, and the provision of coarse result resolution.


This presentation will review the current limitations of vision assessment and introduce a range of new visual function tools developed to…

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Steve Heinen

Senior Scientist
Natela Shanidze

Natela Shanidze

Haydée GL

Haydée Gpe. García-Lázaro

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
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John Brabyn

Executive Director
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Santani Teng

Associate Scientist