Since its foundation, the NVRI has been at the forefront of vision research and has honed a set of skills unique within the Australian research landscape. As an expert on the international stage, the NVRI continues to further understanding of vision through basic, clinical and translational vision research programs, while Alumni across the world reach new heights within the research sector.

The NVRI’s spirit of collaboration has been a cornerstone of its success and it has been fortunate to cross paths and partner with scientists, research organisations, industry, and universities of the highest calibre. This page showcases just some of our stories and achievements over the last 50 years.

The NVRI celebrates 50 years

The NVRI welcomed past and present researchers, collaborators and supporters to its base at the Australian College of Optometry in Carlton on Tuesday 22nd November, to celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Many of the researchers who played significant roles in developing the NVRI were welcomed home on Tuesday evening, meeting with current researchers and exchanging stories of their time with the research institute, including the people and projects that made a difference to them along the way.

25 November 2022

Meet our PhD Candidates

The NVRI hosts PhD candidates who are enrolled at a mix of Melbourne based Universities and linked to our valued collaborators. This results in a range of disciplines being studied within the larger scope of visual science research, and establishes the concept of multidisciplinary research and collaboration from the outset of their research careers.

So far, we have highlighted our Alumni, but what is it like to undertake a PhD at the NVRI? We caught up with some of our PhD candidates to get a glimpse into their research projects and what makes NVRI the institute of choice for them.

15 November 2022

Alumni Spotlight – Yu-Shan Hung

Yu-Shan Hung is an alumnus who spent her formative years in the NVRI halls, completing her PhD and first post-doctoral position with us. Since that time, Yu-Shan spent a number of years in a research position at the National Institutes of Health in the USA.


Yu-Shan is currently an Australian Science Policy Fellow with the Australian government.

26 October 2022

Alumni Spotlight – Matias Maturana

Matias Maturana is a talented researcher who first joined the NVRI to compete his PhD research in 2013. Since his time with us, Matias has continued to build a thriving career in neuroscience, with a focus on the development of medical devices to assist the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions.

He currently holds a Product Manager position with Seer and is Chief Technology Officer with Carbon Cybernetics. Matias remains an active collaborator with the NVRI through his role with Carbon Cybernetics.

19 August 2022

Alumni Spotlight – Molis Yunzab

Meet Molis, an outstanding researcher who originally joined the NVRI as a PhD student and was later appointed the inaugural LEW Carty Lions Postdoctoral Fellow to study the primary visual cortex (V1) and investigate the plasticity of its neural responses.

She has relocated to Boston to take up a Post-doctoral Research Fellow position at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School. Molis has an honorary appointment with the NVRI as she remains a key research collaborator.

19 August 2022

Did you know?

Whether it is professionals in the vision sector or people visiting an optometrist, chances are that many would recognise the Bailey-Lovie LogMAR (Logarithm of the Minimum Angle of Resolution) visual acuity chart. But did you know that it was developed at the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI) in 1976?

2 August 2022

Alumni Spotlight – Alex Hadjinicolaou

The NVRI plays an important role in the formative years of many outstanding researchers. It’s no surprise that the NVRI boasts an exceptional Alumni who continue to reach new heights internationally.

Meet Alex Hadjinicolaou, who found his way to a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School after 3 years with the NVRI team.

11 July 2022

An Interview with Don Mitchell – the first NVRI director

Using funds provided by the Victorian Government and generous ongoing support from Lions International, the NVRI appointed its first full time Director in 1978. Dr Donald E Mitchell joined the NVRI having qualified in optometry at the University of Melbourne and having trained in research at the University of California, the University of Cambridge and Dalhousie University.

14 June 2022
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