It has been my honor to serve as The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute's Executive Director since 2011. Previously, I have also served as Director of our Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) and Principal Investigator of the Brabyn Lab. My research focused on addressing problems of blindness and visual impairment, particularly those that may be amenable to technological solutions. Projects in my laboratory have included the development and application of new tests for the assessment of functional vision, and studies of the problems and solutions of dual sensory loss. My research interests and approaches reflect my vision for the Institute, which combines multidisciplinary approaches and expertise across basic, clinical, and engineering/translational fields to address real-world challenges of those living with sensory loss, particularly vision.
Most prior research on reading in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has focused on those with advanced disease. The first goal of this project is to examine the visual, motor, and cognitive factors that contribute to reading performance in people with early to intermediate(E/I) AMD. A second goal is to compare those with E/I AMD to age-matched groups with no AMD, and with advanced disease to determine which characteristics of the E/I AMD participants more closely match those with advanced AMD. The final goal is to assess our E/I AMD participants longitudinally to determine…