POSTDOCTORAL POSITION available in an interdisciplinary program of research on the effects of amblyopia (“lazy eye”) on perceptual and motor systems in humans. Dr. Agnes Wong’s laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences includes a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and is affiliated with the University of Toronto. The lab uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes psychophysics and motor control (eye and limb movements). Qualifications: Ph.D. with expertise in psychophysical methods and/or experience with eye and limb movement analysis. A history of peer-reviewed publications is expected, as are excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Experience with clinical populations is an asset. Salary will be in accordance with CIHR (Canada) guidelines and the experience of the candidate.
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Graduate Student Positions
Our lab conducts research on eye movements and eye-hand coordination in ophthalmology patients. Experience with signal processing and statistics is desirable for both projects.
Amblyopia ("lazy eye") is a visual impairment of one eye caused by visual deprivation during early childhood; it cannot be corrected by prescription glasses. It is the most common cause of visual impairment in one eye in the western world, and affects about 1-4% of the population. Although tremendous resources are spent on preventing and treating amblyopia, many individuals with lazy eye continue to have abnormal vision throughout their adult lives. While much is known about the visual deficits associated with amblyopia, the effects of this condition on visually-guided reaching and grasping are much less well understood.
We have developed a novel virtual reality apparatus for the study of eye-hand coordination in ophthalmology patients. This equipment allows us to display visual targets with high temporal resolution while making synchronized realtime quantitative recordings of eye and limb movements. This system puts visual feedback about target, eye and limb position under experimental control. We can alter the visual display contingent on specific eye and and/or limb movement characteristics. Experiments are conducted at the Hospital for Sick Children.
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