The Vision Research Center is a "Vision for the Future" Right Here...Right Now.

The Vision Research Center is a "Vision for the Future"

Right Here...Right Now.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Vision Research Center's mission is to discover and develop cures for debilitating eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Our Objectives

Our Objectives

  • Develop urgently-needed new therapies via basic science and transfer them into patient care via translational research and clinical trials.
  • Training the next generation of scientists and clinicians; educational excellence
  • Ensure patients receive the most advanced medical treatments available.

Thank you for taking time to learn more about the Vision Research Center (VRC), the research division of the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. The Center aims to improve the lives of those afflicted with eye disease today and tomorrow.

The VRC is at the cutting edge of vision research, attracting the brightest minds to test new ideas and concepts to help develop cures for eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. We also take knowledge and treatments already available and improve them through translational research. All VRC research projects are approved by federally-mandated committees.

Through sharing research efforts and findings, the VRC helps Kansas City gain national prominence as a vision research leader. 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.

And as part of the UMKC School of Medicine, the Center helps train the next generation of clinicians, providing significant opportunities for students and resident physicians to work on innovative research studies. The VRC is funded through generous philanthropic support, as well as the UMKC School of Medicine, its Department of Ophthalmology, and other research grants.

The VRC is truly a “Vision for the Future,” right here…right now.