Dr. Thompson awarded a Velux Stiftung grant for neuro-modulatory work to enhance reading ability in macular degeneration

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dr. Benjamin Thompson

Professor Ben Thompson and colleagues from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University have been awarded a $270,000 grant from the Velux Stiftung foundation to examine groundbreaking new ways to improve vision and reading in people with macular degeneration. They will determine if neuro-modulation can improve visual processing and enhance the benefits of peripheral-reading training. This work has the potential to revolutionize treatment options for patients struggling with vision loss. Professor Thompson and colleagues hope to broaden the focus of treatment to support not only the eye’s  vision capabilities, but also to encourage more efficient processing by the brain, allowing it to better use the visual input it receives from the eyes.


The Velux Stiftung Foundation supports transformative research projects with a high potential to impact and improve aspects of society, especially in the fields of ophthalmology, healthy ageing, and daylight research.

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