The Department of Ophthalmology provides three core resources for its faculty, trainees, and the larger vision research community at the University of Florida. Funding for the operation of these facilities is provided by an aggregate of extramural grants, foundation support, and the generosity of donors who recognize the important role UF plays in developing treatments for blinding diseases.
The Ocular Animal Core is an equipment core facility for studying the natural history of animal models of ocular disease, and for monitoring outcomes of therapeutic interventions in these models. This core space provides our vision research teams with the ability to maintain critical pieces of equipment behind the pathogen barrier, permitting longitudinal studies of the animals and interventions.
Ophthalmology Histology Core operates as an equipment core, providing histological and tissue culture equipment to our research faculty for use in their studies of ocular diseases
The Ocular Gene Therapy Core (OGTC) is an educational business activity operated as a cost-recovery core facility to produce research-grade adeno-associated virus (AAV) for both intramural and extramural investigators. The mission of this core is to develop and produce AAV vectors for gene-based discoveries and development of translational therapies to treat ocular diseases.