It was a deep felt realization for the need of ophthalmic research in the country that led to the inception of the Vision Research Foundation back in 1978. Three decades of service in eye care that followed, have only helped in increasing our faith in the need for continuing, dedicated, India centric ophthalmic research multifold. We are driven by the same passion that set us on the path of exploring the human eye and its functioning at every level. Vision Research Foundation strongly believes that it is only constant research that would keep us relevant today and prepare us for the emerging challenges of tomorrow.
Vision Research Foundation’s advanced infrastructure and highly qualified and dedicated research teams make it one of the most respected ophthalmic research centers in the world with a learning and training center accredited to BITS, Pilani and the Dr MGR Medical University. It is engaged in broad spectrum research ranging from basic to more complex areas like Nanotechnology and Stem cell research, The efficacy of Vision Research Foundation’s research endeavors can be gauged by the fact that almost a third of the doctoral/thesis papers submitted in ophthalmic research originate from its research laboratories and an average of 2 research scientists from its laboratories win a Doctorate every year in their chosen area of research, the Vision Research Foundation is also the proud holder of 4 prestigious patents to its credit, including one for Macro DNA chip.
While laurels and recognitions fill us with a sense of pride and achievement, it is the real-time application of Vision Research Foundation’s research findings in our wards by way of enhanced diagnostic and treatment processes of our patients that act as a strong motivator to pursue our research initiatives with greater zest.
In view of the need for a larger space to make room for an ever growing research infrastructure and to provide the right ambience to its research scientists the Vision Research Foundation decided to centralize its various research activities in a single block. Today the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology a comprehensive and all inclusive Centre for research and development with each floor dedicated to a specific field of study stands tall and proud at the entrance of the Sankara Nethralaya welcoming every visitor. The imposing 7 storied building with State-of the Art infrastructure and equipment on par with any ophthalmic research facility in the world bears testimony to the importance that research enjoys at Sankara Nethralaya.
A quick glance at the specialized research carried out in its different floors.
First floor – Clinical Research
Third floor – Histopathology/Nanobiotechnology
Fourth floor – Genetics Core lab
Fifth floor – Biochemistry/Bioinformatics/Biostatistics
Sixth floor – Microbiology/Stem cell Laboratory