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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Ophthalmology Research

Research Overview

Basic and Clinical Research

The Department of Ophthalmology has outstanding facilities available for basic science and clinical research and treatment, all featuring state-of-the-art modern equipment. At Downstate there are a number of dedicated eye research laboratories in addition to other labs, where eye and other areas of cell biology research are being conducted simultaneously. Our new animal facility, is largely complete and the final phase will be opening shortly. This facility will house an research suite for imaging ocular tissues.Vision research on our campus is supported by the National Eye Institute, and other public and private funding agencies. In recognition of our department's research potential, our department was awarded a Challenge Grant from the Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc; the largest private funder of vision research in the country. With this award, we join the top research departments in the country.

Our large residency training program and faculty practice allows us the ability to examine a very diverse group of patients with the entire spectrum of eye disease. This allows us to perform clinical studies, and in addition, should give us an unprecedented opportunity to bring translational science to future clinical application.



SUNY Eye Institute – Brooklyn

Vision researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center are a multidisciplinary group of cell, molecular and developmental biologists, as well as clinical scientists. We join the research efforts across departmental boundries – ophthalmology, cell biology, neurology and pediatrics – forming a cohesive collaborative that address the clinical needs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Our investigators include faculty, residents, medical and graduate students who meet regularly to discuss their work as well as that of others. Browse the Research web pages for more information about our work.

We are proud to serve as co-founders of the SUNY Eye Institute (SEI), a state-wide consortium of the vision researchers from the four SUNY medical schools and the SUNY College of Optometry. Through the SEI, we are providing statewide leadership in translational vision research.


Downstate Retinopathy Research: To Save Sight And Lives

Cover of Downsatate Reseach

Douglas Lazzaro, MD, Chairman of SUNY Downstate's Department of Ophthalmology, says "the retina is an area where there's tremendous new research activity going on," much of it featured here.

Read the five articles about work being done at Dowmstate as seen in Profiles in Innovation –Downstate Research magazine from 2008-2009.