Department of Basic Medical Science

Vision Research Center (VRC)


A new and exciting opportunity has developed for UMKC to establish itself as a leader in Vision Research. Dr. Peter Koulen, the Sabates Endowed Chair in Vision Research serves as Director of the newly established VRC, which brings together faculty from the Departments of Ophthalmology and Basic Medical Science at the School of Medicine as well as faculty from the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Koulen’s research is designed to promote the development of new treatment strategies for diseases that damage nerve cells in the central nervous system and the eye. Dr. Salvatore Stella is interested in synaptic signaling and plasticity in the visual system.