Non-invasive assessment of visual system structure and function in animal models


Free webinar: July 19 | Noon - 1:30pm ET
Audience: Vision scientists who work with research animals.


The use of animal models is vital in vision research, including the better understanding of disease mechanisms as well as the development and pre-clinical testing of novel therapies. Major advances have been made in recent years in technologies that allow the non-invasive functional and morphological assessment of the visual system, including the eye and the central visual pathways. While clinical applications in human subjects may be the primary intended use of many of these technologies, they have also been adapted for application in small and large animal models. These technologies enhance efficiency in animal studies, by reducing the number of animals needed, and thereby address the tenets of the three Rs: replace, reduce and refine. In this Workshop, which is organized by the ARVO Animals in Research Committee, the audience will be updated on the application and translational aspects of non-invasive, state-of-the-art technologies for functional and morphological assessment, including high-resolution imaging methods, measurement of aqueous humor dynamics, and functional assessment of the retina and central visual pathways.

Attendees will leave this session with the ability to:

  • Cite major advances in technologies that allow the non-invasive functional and morphological assessment of the visual system.
  • Plan their animal studies more efficiently.
  • Include and optimize the use of non-invasive state-of-the art technologies for functional and morphological assessment of the visual system.

This webinar is hosted by ARVO's Animals in Research Committee. A certificate of attendance will be available to attendees upon request (email

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Organizers & moderators 

Neena HaiderNeena B. Haider, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Christophe RibelaygaChristophe P. Ribelayga, MS, PhD
University of Houston College of Optometry


Ifat SherIfat Sher, PhD
Sheba Medical Center Goldschleger Eye Institute


Amy LoAmy Lo, PhD
The University of Hong Kong Department of Ophthalmology





Holly ChinneryNon-invasive imaging to evaluate corneal inflammation in mice
Holly Chinnery, PhD
University Melbourne

Carol TorisNoninvasive assessment of aqueous humor dynamics
Carol B. Toris, PhD
University of Nebraska

Mathias SeeligerSpectral considerations regarding visual function assessment in mouse models of retinal diseases
Mathias W. Seeliger, MD, FARVO
University of Tübingen

Ben SajdakHigh-resolution retinal imaging in cone-dominant animal models
Ben Sajdak, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Nimesh PatelNon-invasive methods for assessing progression of glaucomatous optic neuropathy in the non-human primate
Nimesh Patel, PhD
University of Houston