The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI)

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) is dedicated to research on human vision. It was founded to encourage a productive collaboration between the medical clinic and the scientific laboratory. Smith-Kettlewell's research staff, numbering some fifty professionals, is drawn from diverse scientific and medical backgrounds, including ophthalmology, neurology, experimental psychology, engineering, physics, optometry, biophysics and audiology. The accounting, secretarial and administrative personnel contribute another twenty individuals to Smith-Kettlewell's working staff.

The Institute is located in a beautiful section of San Francisco adjacent to California Pacific Medical Center. It now occupies about 25,000 square feet in several buildings which are either on long-term lease or owned outright. Computers, optical systems, and electronic instruments are available for experimenters, and for data analysis. The Institute also posseses an SRI eye-tracker which is a special high-precision device for non-invasive measurements of eye movements. Core facilities include design engineering, computer programming, medical illustration, photography, animal care, and a well-equipped machine shop.

Smith-Kettlewell conducts research on many different topics, but its main interests are:

  • Clinical studies which relate directly to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders.
  • The development of devices and vocational programs to aid the partially sighted, blind and hearing impaired - the major focus of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center.
  • Basic research to understand how the eye and brain work, providing a fundamental background for both the clinical and rehabilitation programs.

The Smith-Kettlewell Technical File" is a technical magazine edited by William Gerry.

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-345-2000
Fax: 415-345-8455


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