Partnership with Envision Research Institute
The RIA is partnering with the Envision Research Institute which is directed by Laura Walker, PhD. The ERI, which was established by Envision in 2014, conducts applied vision research that improves low vision patient care and eliminates functional barriers for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The partnership seek to identify and support research in a number of areas including the development rehabilitation programs, design and evaluation of novel vision aides, and basic research on the eye disease and ways to characterize the functional limitations associated with visual impairment. In addition we aim to promote greater professional and academic interest in low vision rehabilitation by providing valuable interdisciplinary training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and research opportunities for faculty across the university. Dr. Laura Walker will hold an adjunct research scientist appointment in the Regional Institute on Aging.