Our goal is to conduct state-of-the-art research in visual sciences to enhance the understanding of fundamental processes in ocular tissues. Our research laboratories provide an environment for the training of advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in the visual sciences, or the medical sciences in general. In addition, we offer research opportunities for residents and fellows in ophthalmology from neighboring William Beaumont Hospital.
The ERI has a faculty of four investigators who conduct full-time research on the retina and lens. Biochemical, physiological and cell biological approaches are used to study ocular tissues to better understand eye function in both health and disease. Recent advances in the genetics of eye disease mean that molecular approaches have become increasingly important laboratory tools. In 2011, the ERI dedicated a new Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory (PRRL), which continues the legacy of our first Director, V. Everett Kinsey. Funding from the Vision Research ROPARD Foundation (www.vrrf.org) helps to support the operation of the PRRL and has allowed the purchase of state-of-the-art retinal imaging equipment for use with animal models. In 2014 , the wife of Dr. Kinsey, Irene Kinsey Stare, left the ERI $3.7 million to establish an Endowed Professorship in her husband's honor.
Our researchers have national and international reputations in their respective fields. In addition, many faculty members serve in a professional capacity at the local, national and international levels. A number of our faculty serve as officers in either the International Society of Eye Research (ISER) and/or the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) as well as on editorial boards of vision research journals. We look forward with great enthusiasm to continue the ERI’s tradition of excellent vision research.
We hope this website introduces you to our faculty and their research. I urge you to contact me or any faculty member if you have further questions.
Frank J. Giblin, Ph.D.
Director, Eye Research Institute