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Our goal at UNC Ophthalmology is to continue to strive for excellence in vision care that supports leadership in education and advancement of clinically relevant research.

We seek to further progress in the state-of-the-art in the discipline of ophthalmology through facilitating funded and unfunded research programs. We value the original research of our faculty, residents and others contributing to department research and support opportunities for our scholars to present and publish in reputable forums. We especially encourage interdepartmental research projects that advance the relevance of vision research within the cross-disciplinary investigative community of the University of North Carolina.

Our departmental research facilities consist of state-of-the-art laboratories located in UNC’s Neuroscience Research Building. We share space with the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Genetics in a unique, collaborative, and stimulating atmosphere. The disciplines of Cellular, Molecular Biology, and Genetics are also supported by an extraordinary animal facility that occupies the first two floors of the building.

To learn more on the department’s industry-sponsored studies – human subjects research / public health-oriented research — contact the UNC Kittner Eye Center clinical research office at 984-974-2057. For more information on the department’s faculty-led clinical studies, review the department’s Scientific Research Faculty page for current areas of UNC Ophthalmology-affiliated investigation.