NEW YORK — Dr. Regan Ashby, head of the visual neuroscience group within the Centre for Research into Therapeutic Solutions at the University of Canberra, presented on the signaling pathways underlying ocular growth during SUNY Optometry’s Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research colloquium on Tuesday, February 5.
Dr. Ashby’s research focuses on how environmentally-driven changes in phenotypic output in a number of organ systems are modulated at the genomic and epigenomic level. One of the primary focuses of his group is how the environmental cue of daylight can modulate the neural pathways underlying the development of myopia (nearsightedness).
Dr. Ashby received his doctorate in medical science from the Australian National University.
About the Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research at SUNY Optometry
The Institute for Vision Research was founded in 1983 in response to the growing need for scientific knowledge about the visual system and methods of improving visual function. The Institute was renamed the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research (SIVR) in 1984 to honor the Schnurmacher’s generosity that made possible the establishment of an Institutional endowment. The scientific researchers associated with the Institute are engaged in a wide variety of vision research projects. The SIVR coordinates a colloquium series and supports collaborative clinical research, small clinical research projects and innovative vision science research.