Dedicated to research on human vision, it was founded to encourage a productive collaboration between the medical clinic and the scientific laboratory. Smith-Kettlewell's research staff, numbering some fifty professionals, is drawn from diverse scientific and medical backgrounds, including ophthalmology, neurology, experimental psychology, engineering, physics, optometry, biophysics and audiology.
Smith-Kettlewell main research topics:
- Clinical studies which relate directly to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders.
- The development of devices and vocational programs to aid the partially sighted, blind and hearing impaired - the major focus of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center (RERC).
- Basic research to understand how the eye and brain work, providing a fundamental background for both the clinical and rehabilitation programs.