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Optical and adaptational limits of vision

Objective

"Despite extensive research on the optics of the eye and the neuronal processing of the optical image that is projected on the retina, a number of basic questions are surprisingly unclear. Combining the expertise of 5 University-based European laboratories with a long history of scientific accomplishments, a well established industrial partner, and a high-ranking international advisory board, this training network will provide a platform to train young natural scientists at the interface of physics, optics and biology. Several of the PIs were successfully involved in previous multi-site training activities. Training activities will include complementary skills courses, lab exchanges, external schools and network meetings. The proposed research projects will elucidate the limits of visual performance, using state of the art technology. It has direct implications for optical correction strategies (spectacles, refractive surgery etc), for the understanding how different mono- and polychromatic aberrations limit vision and sensitivity in low light environments. In addition, the research will improve the understanding of the cues that drive accommodation and emmetropization, the mechanisms by which neural processing in the eye can ""sharpen"" degraded, aberrated or defocused retinal images, and how visual performance is affected by diurnal factors. The combination of expertise of the PIs in physics, optics and biology (probably unique in Europe) will provide the young scientists with knowledge that opens the doors to positions in Medical Optics Industry as well as positions in Academia. Furthermore, the young scientists will be extensively exposed to specialists in the field who have well-established contacts to the private sector, opening the door for long-term interactions."

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 633 938
Administrative Contact
Thomas Wheeler-Schilling (Dr.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 453 958
Address
Avenida Teniente Flomesta S/n - Edificio Convalecencia
30003 Murcia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Sanchez Merenciano (Ms.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 494 195
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Thorén (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 453 958
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jimenez Arroyo (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 434 575
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Ms.)
RODENSTOCK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 385 213
Address
Isartalstrasse 43
80469 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Schlüter (Mr.)