Who are we?
The Artificial Vision Research Consortium is an international task-force of scientists and clinicians from the fields of ophthalmology, biomedical engineering and vision restoration who are working on a range of vision restoration technologies, including stem cells, gene therapy, visual prostheses and optogenetics.
Aim of the consortium
The overall aim is to promote a more cohesive approach to psychophysical testing of patients with severe blindness to facilitate comparison of outcomes among groups with different devices and biological and stimulation strategies. For a summary of the aspirations of this consortium, you can read the initial publication by Rizzo and Ayton.
Chairs and founding members
- Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-ophthalmology, and Director of the Neuro-ophthalmology Service, Harvard Medical School & Co-Founder of the Boston Retinal Implant Project, Boston USA
- Lauren N. Ayton , OD, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne & Clinical Program Leader of the Bionic Vision Australia Project, Melbourne Australia
- Philip Hessburg, M.D., Medical Director, Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit USA
Administrative and technical support
- The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology
- Henry Ford Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research
- Carolyn Barth, Ph.D.
- Paul Edwards, M.D.
- David Goldman, M.D
International Task Force – working group leaders
- Prof Ian Bailey
- Prof Duane Geruschat
- Prof Gislin Dagnelie
- Prof Robert Shepherd and Dr Matthew Petoe, Bionics Institute, Melbourne Australia
- Prof Gary Rubin
- Prof Philip Troyk
International Task Force – working group team members
International Task Force – at large members
- Dr Rizzo is affiliated with the Boston Retinal Implant Project and has equity positions in Bionic Eye Technology and Visus Technology, and he holds a number of patents related to restoration of visual function for the blind.
- Dr Ayton is affiliated with Bionic Vision Australia, and has no financial disclosures.
- Dr Hessburg is not affiliated with any vision restoration technology or group.
- Detroit Institute of the Ophthalmology and the Henry Ford Health System have no affiliations or disclosures to report.
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