Monthly Archives: March 2017

VioBio Lab joins European Research Council 10 years Anniversary Celebrations

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The European Research Council turns 10 years funding research excellence across Europe. VioBio Lab joins the program of celebrations in Madrid.

Susana Marcos will share experiences with ERC funding in a special session March 24  at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitivity, chaired by Secretary of State of Science and Innovation Dr. Carmen Vela, and closed by the Secretary of Economy, Mr. Luis de Guindos. The Full Program of the event can be found here: Agenda ERC 10th Anniversary_ESand the Full List of Speakers here: Speakers ERC 10th Anniversary

In addition, VioBio ERC Advanced Grant Presbyopia will be featured in a temporary exhibit at the National Museum of Science and Technology, as part of an ERC weekend (March 25-26)  at the museum with a fantastic program celebrating science. Full program can be found here.

VioBio Lab ERC funding includes: 1 ERC Advanced Grant PRESBYOPIA, and 3 ERC Proof of Concept Grants OCT4IOL, SimVisSim and Light-AIOL.

New in the lab: Merche Romero and Victor Rodríguez



We welcome Merche Romero and Victor Rodríguez to VioBio Lab as Master Students from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Facultad de Óptica y Optometría). Merche Romero has a degree in Optometry (June 2016), and large experience in clinical practice (20022015). Her MSc thesis will involve the use of adaptive optics and visual simulators in patients prior to surgery. Victor Rodriguez finished a BSc in Optometry in June of 2016 (UCM) and studies first year of Physics (UNED). His MSc thesis will involve development of monitoring systems for optotunable lenses.

OCT-based model of the guinea pig eye in vivo published in Biomedical Optics Express


A full 3-D eye model based on quantitative optical coherence tomography is presented for guinea pigs of two ages in vivo (awake and under cycloplegia). Biometric parameters obtained from OCT included cornea and lens surface elevations and radii of curvature, interocular distances, crystalline lens volume, diameter, equatorial lens position and surface area. There was a good correspondence (except for spherical aberration, likely due to the presence of GRIN) between the ocular aberrations measured with laser ray tracing and predicted from the eye model.

The study is published in Biomedical Optics Express, as part of the special issue “25 Year Anniversary of OCT”.

Full reference: Pablo Pérez-Merino, Miriam Velasco-Ocana, Eduardo Martinez-Enriquez, Luis Revuelta, Sally A McFadden, and Susana Marcos. “Three-dimensional OCT based guinea pig eye model: relating morphology and optics” Biomed. Opt. Express 8, 2173-2184 (2017).

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Susana Marcos appointed to the Scientifc Advisory Board of the Spanish Agency of Research (AEI)


The Agencia Estatal de Investigación has appointed Prof. Susana Marcos to its Scientific Advisory Board. The board is formed by a group of 12 prestigious scientists. Other scientists from CSIC included in the board are Avelino Corma, Angela Nieto, Alberto Enciso and Carme Torras.

The AEI is the Spanish research funding agency. Recently launched with a new management model, it aims at improving planning of funding of research activities.


Vision Research publishes Question-Answer format Paper on the State of the Field of Adaptive Optics

vision-researchA new paper published in the Special Issue in Vision Research on Adaptive Optics includes a revision of the technology and its applications in Vision Science, including visual psychophysics, visual simulation, retinal imaging, ocular biology and neurophysiology. The article is structured in a Question and Answer format from leaders in the field (the authors of the paper), led by the special issue guest editors Stephen A. Burns, John S. Werner and Susana Marcos.

The article is in press in Vision Research: Marcos et al.  Vision science and adaptive optics, the state of the field.  


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