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Photoreceptors

Our research led to the discovery of photoreceptor cells that primarily drive non-visual functions: the photosensitive retinal ganglion cells. Current research covers the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of photoreceptor cells in both mammalian and non-mammalian species.

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Photoreceptors
Photoreceptors

Artificial Vision

One of the important research challenges in the next decade is to develop a research strategy that will restore vision in patients who have lost their sight as a result of photoreceptor cell loss.

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Artificial Vision
Artificial Vision

Gene Therapy

Our current research is developing gene therapy for retinal diseases.

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Gene Therapy
Gene Therapy

Sleep

Our research interests focus on the understanding of the contributions to both normal and dysfunctional regulation of sleep at the behavioural, molecular and environmental level.

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Sleep
Sleep

Genetics

We have ongoing research interests in the genetics of eye diseases.

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Genetics
Genetics

Body Clocks

Our research covers the basic mechanisms of photoentrainment, the molecular mechanisms producing 24h rhythms, light regulated physiology and behaviour, as well as the impact of circadian rhythm disturbances on human illness.

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Body Clocks
Body Clocks

Ocular Biology

Our ocular research covers the cell biology of various tissues in the eye, tissue development, endocrinology and disorders affecting these tissues.

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Ocular Biology
Ocular Biology

Clinical Trials

We carry out clinical trials relating to various visual diseases and conditions.

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Oxford Eye Hospital Clinical Trials
Clinical Trials

Vision & Disease

By understanding light detection in its most general sense and by treating disorders of vision, the science of ophthalmology has significant implications for human health, both socially and economically.

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Vision & Disease
Vision & Disease

Welcome

Welcome to the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology. We pursue scientific and clinical research into a range of areas related to vision, the eye and circadian neuroscience. We also teach the principles and practices of ophthalmology to medical students during their clinical training.

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences incorporates the Division of Clinical Neurology, the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics and the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain.

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  • founded in 1942
  • discovered the photosensitive retinal ganglion cell

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