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Myopia: Fundamental understanding needed

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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.

Zaproszenie do składania wniosków

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Koordynator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Adres
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Niemcy
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Wkład UE
€ 747 649,44

Uczestnicy (6)

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

Partnerzy (2)

European Vision Institute
Niemcy
Adres

Tubingen
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Grasshopper Films GbR
Niemcy
Adres

Tubingen
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)