Assessing the status of visual cortex following retinal disease.
My research involves multiple neuroimaging and behavioural measures including MRI, fMRI, DTI, clinical visual assessments (VA, microperimetry, perimetry) and psychophysics. Combining methods will allow me to explore potential changes in structure and function of visual cortex in individuals with retinal disease and age-matched sighted controls. I am particularly interested the function of the lesion projection zone and under what viewing conditions neural activity can be observed (potentially a marker for reorganisation), as well and assessing higher-level visual processing, such as face recognition. Understanding the neural consequences of vision loss is essential to ensuring the success of treatments developed to restore retinal function; if visual cortex is not viable and capable of processing new incoming information, restoration attempts will not be successful.