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Opto-Biomechanical Eye Research Network

Objective

The eye is a biological tissue with optical and biomedical properties that govern the way the eye refracts light, focuses that
light onto the retina and can dynamically alter that focus over a range of distances. This impressive flexibility results from the
delicate way in which the mechanical properties of the eye very precisely affect its optics. These properties vary
considerably between individuals and can alter over time in response to visual demands, as well as with eye growth, ageing
and pathology. The origins of these biomechanical changes over time are very poorly understood, however, and point at a
need for answers, given the increase in life expectancy and in societal demands for high quality vision. To address these
issues, we present the first European collaboration that brings together a group of scientists that work on the optics and
biomechanics of the eye, cover a broad range of disciplines and skills. This highly interdisciplinary consortium will also
create a training network to give young researchers the opportunity to learn from renowned experts on ocular optomechanics,
share their learning experiences and take advantage of placements in Universities, hospitals and industry. This
will give them a wide and novel skill set to translate their research to scientific, industrial, or clinical applications, such as a
new generation intraocular implants for cataract surgery, biologically relevant eye models that mimic the eye at any age, and
novel treatment therapies that can control, reduce or ultimately prevent refractive error from occurring. These anticipated
innovations will lead to wide-reaching and pioneering advances to enhance our understanding of the interrelationship
between ocular optics and biomechanics. From this, the young researchers will emerge with multi-disciplinary, versatile
skills, be highly employable, able to address skills shortages, be leaders in vision science and pioneer new industries in
optical design and modelling.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/cavity optomechanics

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 475 440,48

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 512 640
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
College Road
ST4 2DE Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 562 553,28
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 501 809,76
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 501 809,76
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 454 957,20
Address
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
50-370 Wroclaw
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AMO GRONINGEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Van Swietenlaan 5
9728 NX Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)