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The Vision Science Research Center (VSRC) was established in 1979 to draw together vision scientists from the entire university campus. Fostering interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration in research activities is an integral part of the VSRC philosophy. The center facilitates scientific collaboration by providing research support cores for its members so that their research may proceed more efficiently.

These support cores include a sophisticated molecular & cellular analysis suite, a state-of-the-art electronics laboratory and a fully-equipped machine shop within the instrumentation core, an extensive research programming & computational analysis core, an ocular phenotyping core, a biostatistical analysis core, and an administrative core. These support cores provide centralized locations where center members can receive administrative support, obtain, design and repair of electronic equipment, can prepare, analyze and photograph their histological material, analyze their data and prepare publication-quality figures. In addition, the VSRC provides community outreach for all aspects of vision through its education outreach modules.


National Eye Institute (NEI) requires that all NEI funded core facilities establish core use priorities for investigators. These are our core use priorities:
1.  Active NEI-R01 funded (not in NCE)
2.  New Investigators according to NIH guidelines
3.  Collaborators (Co-I) on NEI R01 funded grants
4.  Recently NEI-R01 funded or in a NCE and actively seeking new/competing NEI R01 support
5.  Other active vision research at UAB that may lead to new NEI R01 support
6.  Industry sponsored research cannot be directly supported by the P30 cores. Arrangements can be made for fee for service in a way that does not conflict with NIH/NEI policy. Please contact the appropriate core director to discuss your fee for service needs.



Request to P30 Core Users:

Please remember to cite VSRC core grant NIH P30 EY003039 in your manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations that utilized core services

And if you use the MIcron IV for fundus, slit lamp imaging or for focal ERG analysis please cite NIH S10 RR026887.