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Programs and Research Priorities

The research projects supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI) address the leading causes of blindness and impaired vision in the United States. The NEI supports a broad range of basic and clinical research, clinical trials and other epidemiologic studies, and research training and career development in the sciences related to vision.

A detailed description of NEI program priorities and funding policies is contained in the site http://www.nei.nih.gov/strategicplanning/. This page describes the planning process and contains the Phase I NEI strategic planning document "National Plan for Eye and Vision Research". The research objectives given below are representative only, and are not intended to be an all-inclusive compilation of areas of interest to the NEI. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact one of the NEI extramural program directors to discuss their research, training, or career development plans. All Division of Extramural Research staff members may be reached at 301-451-2020.

Retinal Diseases
Program Directors:
Dr. Peter A. Dudley, Retinal Diseases, 301-451-2020, pad@nei.nih.gov
Dr. Chyren Hunter, Retinal Circuitry, 301-451-2020, clh@nei.nih.gov
Dr. Andrew P. Mariani, Fundamental Retinal Processes, 301-451-2020, apm@nei.nih.gov
Corneal Diseases

  Program Director:

Dr. Richard S. Fisher, 301-451-2020, cornea@nih.gov
Lens and Cataract

  Program Director:

Dr. Ellen S. Liberman, 301-451-2020, esl@nei.nih.gov
Glaucoma and Optic Neuropathies

  Program Director:

Dr. Ellen S. Liberman, 301-451-2020, esl@nei.nih.gov
Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Visual Processing
Program Directors:
Dr. Michael D. Oberdorfer, Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Visual Processing, 301-451-2020, mdo@nei.nih.gov
Dr. Chyren Hunter, Oculomotor Systems, 301-451-2020, clh@nei.nih.gov
Low Vision and Blindness Rehabilitation

  Program Director:

Dr. Michael D. Oberdorfer, 301-451-2020, mdo@nei.nih.gov
Ocular Genetics

The study of genetic factors which underlie structure, function, and disease susceptibility is common to all scientific programs of the NEI. Therefore, the large-scale projects which employ a common genetic technology have been organized into an over-arching grant portfolio. The program director not only manages these extramural grants but also serves a liaison role in integrating and stimulating the development of NEI intramural/extramural ocular genetics resources.

  Program Director:

Dr. Hemin R. Chin, 301-451-2020, hemin@nei.nih.gov

Ocular Immunology

The study of immunologic, inflammatory, and infectious processes which underlie disease pathogenesis and susceptibility is common to all scientific programs of the NEI. Therefore, projects which focus on research in these areas have been organized into an over-arching grant portfolio.

  Program Director:

Dr. Grace L. Shen, 301-451-2020, ShenG@nei.nih.gov

Collaborative Clinical Research

The NEI supports single center and multi center clinical trials and other epidemiologic and health services research. Collectively, these projects are directed toward furthering knowledge about the predictors for and natural history of visual system diseases and disorders and developing better prevention and management strategies for these conditions.

Program Directors:
Mr. Donald F. Everett, Clinical Trials, 301-451-2020, dfe@nei.nih.gov
Dr. Natalie Kurinij, Epidemiology and Clinical Studies, 301-451-2020, nxk@nei.nih.gov
Dr. Maryann Redford, Collaborative Clinical Research, 301-451-2020, maryann.redford@nei.nih.gov


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