Lorenzo Scanferla

IMG_3693Motion detection in glaucoma 

Supervisors

Prof. Nomdo M. Jansonius (http://www.nomdo.nl/research.htm)

Prof. Frans W. Cornelissen (www.visualneuroscience.nl)

Background

My name is Lorenzo Scanferla.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland and then went on to the University of Edinburgh to complete my MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience.  Here I investigated the involvement of the superior parietal lobule and early visual cortex in selecting predictable visual information for conscious awareness. In September 2016, I moved to Groningen in The Netherlands to start my PhD in the Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology at the University Medical Center Groningen.

Aim of the project

Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease characterized by visual field loss.  However, many of the complaints from patients cannot be explained by what we find during standard perimetry testing.  For example, many give up driving at an unexpectedly early stage of the disease, which suggests that we may be overlooking the loss of specific visual functions in glaucoma, such the detection of motion.  This project aims to further our understanding of motion detection in glaucoma by developing psychophysical experiments that which can discriminate between patients and healthy controls.