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The EuroVisionNet-Project

Visual Impairment and Degeneration: A Road-map for Vision Research within Europe

The concept of the project EuroVisionNet aims to coordinate and consolidate vision research activities and policies of the European vision research community in order to overcome the national fragmentation and to avoid duplication of work. EuroVisionNet will support and advise European societies and national organizations on both scientific and administrative issues. Offering educational and training workshops that cover both basic and clinical research would be an added benefit. These workshops and seminars will be tailored for the young as well as the highly advanced researcher.

The EuroVisionNet aims to address seven major challenges:

  • Better definition and acceptance of vision research in the scientific community
  • To overcome the still existing fragmentation of European research
  • To reduce duplication of research efforts
  • To increase communication between clinical and basic researchers
  • To foster collaborations between academic research and industry
  • To support clarity regarding national and international policy mandates relating to clinical research activities
  • To develop a better educational concept in the vision research community

To address these issues four major objectives are defined within the European Vision Net project:

  • Scientific integration of European vision research
  • Collaboration with public and private sector
  • Policies and guidelines for European vision research
  • Information and knowledge transfer

For the scientific and medical components, EuroVisionNet will incorporate multiple disciplines relating to vision research such as engineering, neurology, pathology, and specific sections of the eye, to name a few. The incorporation of FP5 and FP6 projects will be fundamental in limiting the gap between basic and clinical researchers. Other workshops that also address these challenges include “The Ageing Eye” and “Rare Diseases.”

EuroVisionNet serves as a voice for the vision research community with the hope to increase globally the awareness for this field. This coordination approach of seeking private and public partnership is mandatory and has a high potential to increase translational research within Europe.

The patient information dissemination process will be designed through the close partnership of established international patient organizations. Utilizing the leadership of Retina International, patient information will be collected, sorted, translated into national languages and published on a web-based portal.The web-based portal will also be used to support the communication efforts and information exchange between clinicians and researchers involved with EuroVisionNet. This proposed project is designed to function under the umbrella organization, the European Vision Institute (EVI) that services the vision research community including the clinical and scientific settings, patient organization and industry.

Supported by

‘EuroVisionNet’ is supported by the European Commission, Research Directorate-General under the grant agreement No HEALTH-F2-2008-200641 (SP1-Cooperation) 


European Vision Institute EEIG, Brussels

Main Office
Rue du Trône 98
B-1050 Bruxelles
Tel: +32-2-5480225
Fax: +32-2-5027533



Department of Ophthalmology, University of Bonn, Germany

Universitaetsklinikum Bonn
Department of Ophthalmology
Prof. Hendrik Scholl
Ernst-Abbe-Strasse 2
53127 Bonn


I.N.S.E.R.M, Paris, Institute de la Vision

Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale(INSERM)
Prof. José Alain Sahel
Rue de Charenton 28
75571/12 Paris


University of Erlangen-Nuernberg

Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
Department of Ophthalmology
Prof. Jan Kremers
Schwabachanlage 6o
91054 Erlangen


AIBILI, Association for Innovation and Biomedical Research on Light and Image

AIBILII - Associacao De Apoioao Instituto Biomedico De Investigacao Da Luz E Imagem
Prof. José Guilherme Cunha-Vaz
Azinhaga de Santa Comba, Celas
3000354 Coimbra


University of Zurich, Department of Ophthalmology

Universitaet Zuerich
Department of Ophthalmology, Laboratory of Retinal Cell Biology
Prof. Christian Grimm
Sternwartstrasse 14
8091 Zürich

Laboratory of Retinal Cell Biology

Retina International, Zurich, Switzerland

Retina International
Pres. Christina Fasser
Ausstellungsstrasse 36
8005 Zuerich


University of Tuebingen, Department of Ophthalmology, Tuebingen, Germany

Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Centre for Ophthalmology, Research Management Unit
Dr. Thomas Wheeler-Schilling
Frondsbergstrasse 23
72070 Tuebingen


UCL, Moorfields Eye Hospital London, England

University College London
Centre Division of Inherited Eye Disease, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Prof. Anthony T Moore
Bath Street 11-43
United Kingdom