Research course

Visual Neuroscience

Institution
Cardiff University · School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/area/visual-neuroscience

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Visual Neuroscience is a research area in which you can focus your studies within our PhD programme in Vision Sciences.

Distinctive features

  • International centre of excellence
  • Laboratory suites equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for cell and organ culture, histology, neuroscience, protein analysis, molecular biology, gene transfection, molecular genetics, absorption/emission spectroscopy, and microscopic imaging
  • Has made a number of novel discoveries in the context of this theme:
    • Identification of the gene responsible for the major form of optic atrophy
    • Lipofuscin is a photoinducible free radical generator that causes cell dysfunction
    • Matrix metalloproteinases are upregulated in the development of myopia in mammals and identification of a new member of the MMP family
    • Damage to the centrifugal visual system alters eye development and its retractive state, suggesting that the brain influences emmetropisation
  • Developed innovative experimental or genetic models for studying corneal transplantation, ocular development, glaucoma and optic atrophy, neural tracing, oxidative damage to the retina and a variety of eye diseases
  • Supported by grants from the MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR/NISCHR, EU, Medical Charities, Health Service and the private sector

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
postgradenquiries@cardiff.ac.uk