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Why Vision Research?

At a Glance

  • We asked: what motivates young scientists and physicians to undertake a career that involves vision research?
  • We interviewed four researchers in Farhad Hafezi’s research group at the University of Geneva
  • They speak about the importance of their research (into corneal collagen crosslinking), and what impact it has on the clinic
  • The researchers voice their career ambitions, telling us where they want to be in a decade’s time

There’s likely a very good reason why you’re reading an article in a magazine called The Ophthalmologist. At some point in your medical, academic or business career, you made a decision to work in a field that improves people’s eye health; an understandable move –restoring any amount of vision to an individual can profoundly improve their quality of life, not to mention the pharmacoeconomic and societal benefits. But not everyone reading will have decided to pursue a career path that involves vision research. We wanted to know what drives young, up-and-coming physicians and scientists at the cutting-edge.

Here, four members of Farhad Hafezi’s research group at the University of Geneva share their motivations and aspirations.

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About the Author

Mark Hillen

I spent seven years as a medical writer, writing primary and review manuscripts, congress presentations and marketing materials for numerous – and mostly German – pharmaceutical companies. Prior to my adventures in medical communications, I was a Wellcome Trust PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.

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