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Myopia: Fundamental understanding needed

Objective

The proposed ETN “Myopia: fundamental understanding needed” (MyFUN) provides an international, interdisciplinary platform to train young scientists at the interface of physics and biology, to study unresolved questions about the visual control of eye growth. It has been extensively documented that the growth of the eye is controlled by closed-loop visual feedback, using retinal image defocus as an error signal. However, with tense education, predominant indoor activity and extensive near work, the eyes of young people grow too long and become near-sighted (myopic), reaching a prevalence of 95% in some Asian cities and 50% at German universities. While myopia is clearly a civilization disorder, it is strikingly unclear by which visual stimuli it is triggered, and how it can be stopped. Emerging optical interventions have still only moderate effects. There are fundamental questions, like “Why does myopia not limit itself?”, “Why does undercorrection not reduce its progression?”, “Why are the effects of new spectacle designs to inhibit myopia so small?”, “What determines when it starts and can we find biological markers to predict myopia in individual cases?”. We propose a scheme of novel experiments, divided into 14 research projects that all have sufficient scientific depth and merit to merge into 14 successful PhD theses. The answers to the research questions will fundamentally improve our understanding of myopia, will be recognized worldwide and will represent a major contribution of the European Community to the global problem of the rising incidence of myopia. Our consortium consists of 7 Beneficiaries, combining the expertise of 5 academic partners with excellent research and teaching records and 2 fully integrated private sector partners. MyFUN will be supported by a management team experienced in multi-site training activities and counselled by a scientifically accomplished External Advisory Board.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/ophthalmology
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 747 649,44

Participants (6)

UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 498 982,03
Address
Avenida Teniente Flomesta S/n - Edificio Convalecencia
30003 Murcia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 492 509,80
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 531 349,20
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CARL ZEISS VISION INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Gartenstr. 97
73430 Aalen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VOPTICA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Campus De Espinardo, Ctra. Madrid Km.388, Parque Cientifico De Murcia. Edificio T. Locales T1/3 Y T2/9
30100 Murcia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (2)

European Vision Institute
Germany
Address

Tubingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Grasshopper Films GbR
Germany
Address

Tubingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)