The North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) is changing the world with new discoveries through basic and clinical eye research.
Since 1992, our researchers and clinicians in the field of visual science and ophthalmology have been driven to increase awareness about disease development and the need for novel therapies, especially among ethnic and minority populations who have or will develop debilitating vision disorders and related health disparities.
WELCOME FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. Approximately one billion of the world population has some degree of visual impairment due to eye refractive errors or eye diseases. NTERI is devoted to combating the causes of vision impairment.
We are dedicated to improving vision health through our NTERI Mission to:
(1) perform collaborative, interdisciplinary translational research
(2) educate and train future vision researchers and clinicians
(3) increase vision health in our community through free vision screening and education activities
(4) provide high quality vision health care through our eye clinic.
Our NTERI team consists of 13 full-time faculty members from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy, 8 graduate students, and 19 staff.
Research: We have been very successful in obtaining research support for our collaborative and interdisciplinary research program with grants from the National Eye Institute, Department of Defense, BrightFocus Foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness, Glaucoma Research Foundation, as well as research support from a variety of Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies. We are discovering new disease modifying therapies for important ocular diseases to provide more effective treatments for major ocular diseases, including glaucoma, cataract, corneal diseases, and retinal degenerative diseases.
Education: We have successfully trained more than 20 PhD students who have gone to very successful postdoctoral fellowships (Stanford, Duke, UC San Francisco, UT Southwestern, U. Iowa, U. Utah), teaching (U. Houston, Texas Tech), or industry (Novartis, Genentech, Regeneron, Alcon) positions. In addition, we have trained a number of medical students who have gotten into competitive ophthalmology residencies.
Community Outreach: NTERI has partnered with local elementary schools (e.g. 42 elementary schools in the FWISD) and multiple local day care centers to perform vision screening to more than 15,000 kids. We actively participate in local health fairs to perform vision screening and vision education. We also have provided vision screening at regional autism fairs. This service is provided by trained UNTHSC student, staff and faculty volunteers from all 6 of our professional schools. We have greatly benefitted from generous philanthropic support for this program, which has provided funds for our “vision van” and multiple hand-held refractometers that allow us to quickly assess refractive errors in kids aged 6 months through 18 years.
Clinical Care: We have successfully opened our University’s first eye clinic that diagnoses eye diseases in patients from our medical clinics. Our eye clinic also is conducting cutting edge clinical research, including collaborating with our Institute for Translational Research to examine retinal biomarkers in our Alzheimer’s Disease.
NTERI continue to invest in our Mission and expand our capabilities to better serve those who have or will develop vision threatening eye diseases.
- Initiate and facilitate collaborative projects in vision research
- Develop innovative multidisciplinary graduate training programs
- Engage and inform the community on the importance of eye diseases and vision research
- Attain research outcomes that will lead to the development of new and effective treatments for ocular diseases, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, optic neuritis, and dry eye disease
For more information about the North Texas Eye Research Institute, contact Marcy Butler at Marcy.Butler@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2343.