About Us

Who are we?

The Artificial Vision Research Consortium is an international task-force of scientists and clinicians from the fields of ophthalmology, biomedical engineering and vision restoration who are working on a range of vision restoration technologies, including stem cells, gene therapy, visual prostheses and optogenetics.

Aim of the consortium

The overall aim is to promote a more cohesive approach to psychophysical testing of patients with severe blindness to facilitate comparison of outcomes among groups with different devices and biological and stimulation strategies. For a summary of the aspirations of this consortium, you can read the initial publication by Rizzo and Ayton.

Chairs and founding members

  • Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-ophthalmology, and Director of the Neuro-ophthalmology Service, Harvard Medical School & Co-Founder of the Boston Retinal Implant Project, Boston USA
  • Lauren N. Ayton , OD, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne & Clinical Program Leader of the Bionic Vision Australia Project, Melbourne Australia
  • Philip Hessburg, M.D., Medical Director, Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit USA

Administrative and technical support

International Task Force – working group leaders

  • Prof Ian Bailey
  • Prof Duane Geruschat
  • Prof Gislin Dagnelie
  • Prof Robert Shepherd and Dr Matthew Petoe, Bionics Institute, Melbourne Australia
  • Prof Gary Rubin
  • Prof Philip Troyk

International Task Force – working group team members

International Task Force – at large members


  • Dr Rizzo is affiliated with the Boston Retinal Implant Project and has equity positions in Bionic Eye Technology and Visus Technology, and he holds a number of patents related to restoration of visual function for the blind.
  • Dr Ayton is affiliated with Bionic Vision Australia, and has no financial disclosures.
  • Dr Hessburg is not affiliated with any vision restoration technology or group.
  • Detroit Institute of the Ophthalmology and the Henry Ford Health System have no affiliations or disclosures to report.

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