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Visual Neuroscience Group


Photo of the Visual Neuroscience Group researchers


The focus of the visual neuroscience group is to understand the  molecular pathways underlying the regulation of normal ocular growth, and how  such neural pathways are affected during the development of the visual disorder  myopia (short-sightedness).  Myopia is now at epidemic proportion in many  parts of the world, most notably in urban East Asia, where 80-90% of  school-leavers are myopic. One of the major focuses of the visual neuroscience  group is investigating how exposure to high light levels, similar to those  experienced on a sunny day, can retard the development of myopia through  modulation of genomic and epigenomic regulatory mechanisms. 


  • Investigating the role  of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of ocular growth
  • Determining the  properties and molecular pathways by which sunlight can retard the development  of the visual disorder myopia
  • Understanding the role  of dopaminergic system in ocular growth and the development of myopia
  • Understanding how  contrasting morphological phenotypes can development from the same genome and  specifically the role of non-coding small RNAs in this process.


  • Professor Ryszard  Maleszka (RSB, ANU)
  • Professor Ian Morgan  (RSB, ANU)
  • Professor Frank  Schaeffel (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
  • Dr Sylvain Forêt  (RSB, ANU)
  • Dr Sally McFadden  (University of Newcastle)
  • Dr Iain Searle  (University of Adelaide)
  • Dr Tamsin Kelly  (University of Canberra)