University of California, Irvine

ICTER’s scientific international partner is the University of California, Irvine (UCI). We closely collaborate with the UCI School of Medicine, especially with the Center for Translational Vision Research at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

About the UCI

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 37,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. Source: https://www.uci.edu/.

About the Center for Translational Vision Research

The Center for Translational Vision Research serves as an international leader in advancing research and bolstering support of investigators pursuing basic and translational sciences relevant to vision. It brings together exceptional scientific expertise from within the University, the School of Medicine and other schools, and complementary research programs to advance collaborations that focus on fundamental discoveries in vision research with translational potential. This is an exciting time for the Center as it embarks on a very ambitious and exciting agenda that will foster vision research at the University of California, Irvine. The current state of vision research makes it clear that an integrated focus combining structural biology, genetics, biochemistry, and pharmacology, with basic functional biological research will create synergies resulting in a far stronger program than each area of research could achieve alone. With appropriate funding and infrastructure, and a laser focus on key areas with aligned missions, the employees believe this premier Center will flourish as one of the leading vision research organizations in the U.S. and be competitive world-wide. Together with clinical trials, the researchers at the Center remain extremely enthusiastic about leading this innovative programmatic endeavor in partnership with The University California system.


The Center for Translational Vision Research is devoted to maximizing the opportunities for basic sciences, particularly the chemistry and biology of vision, to lay the foundation for understanding principles that govern human visual perception. Activities of the Center reside at the intersection of advances in chemistry, physics, optics, structural biology, and innovative genomics/diagnostics. Integrating these disciplines enables the Center not only to optimize these sub-disciplines in relation to vision research, but also to serve as a model of exploration in other important areas of modern biochemistry and disease-oriented medicine. Ultimately, advances in basic vision research and pharmacology will lead to innovative therapies for millions robbed of their sight or progressing toward blindness.

Source, and more information: https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/ctvr/.