The Vision Research Foundation is a “Vision for the Future” Right here…Right now.
At the Vision Research Foundation, we are at the cutting edge of vision research, attracting the brightest minds in the field to test new ideas and concepts using state-of-the-art equipment to develop cures for diseases that affect the retina, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. The effects of these blinding diseases will continue to impact a significantly greater number of people, so the work of the Vision Research Foundation is paramount. At the Vision Research Foundation, we maintain a strong tradition of being the first in the development of new clinical therapies and new tools that aid clinicians in treating patients who suffer from eye conditions in the Kansas City area.
The Vision Research Center began in 2007 as the research program of the Department of Ophthalmology at the UMKC School of Medicine. The mission of the Vision Research Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to develop prevention strategies and cures for debilitating eye diseases. Clinical research, along with the training of resident physicians, has always been an emphasis of the Department of Ophthalmology. However, with the formation of the VRC, both basic and translational research modalities were added. All VRC research projects are approved by federally-mandated committees. Presently, the investigational focus is on age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. The VRC has been endorsed by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) —an entity that promotes continuity and collaboration amongst all local life sciences research centers. In addition to philanthropic support, the VRC is funded by the UMKC School of Medicine, its Department of Ophthalmology, and through research grants.