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This study section reviews applications that propose basic biological studies of the eye where the major focus is on the elucidation of fundamental processes and mechanisms that are important for normal visual function, and these studies may be within the context of disease.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Anatomy, physiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry that underlie the function of the ocular system
  • Control of cell signaling, cell cycle, neuroprotection, autophagy, and apoptosis
  • Normal and abnormal retinal and ocular development
  • Retinal and ocular stem and progenitor cells and regeneration
  • Photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelial cell biology and function, including phototransduction, visual cycle, outer segment disc morphogenesis, phagocytosis, etc.
  • Lens, cataract, and posterior capsule opacification
  • Anterior and posterior aspects of glaucoma, including studies of trabecular meshwork, aqueous outflow, regulation of intraocular pressure, retinal ganglion cell neuroprotection and apoptosis, etc.

The following areas will now be reviewed in the Ocular Surface, Cornea, and Refractive Error Special Emphasis Panel [ZRG1 BDCN-J (81)]

  • Ocular surface and corneal biology and physiology
  • Corneal development and differentiation
  • Corneal wound healing and regeneration
  • Corneal and limbal stem and progenitor cells
  • Translational and clinical studies of anterior eye aspects of glaucoma

Shared Interests and Overlaps

There are shared interests with Diseases and Pathophysiology of the Visual System (DPVS). The basic biological studies of the eye with the focus on the fundamental processes and mechanisms are reviewed in BVS . Applications where the major focus is on etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders are reviewed in DPVS. Applications focused on lens including those studying cataract are reviewed in BVS. All aspects of retinal vasculogenesis and angiogenesis are reviewed in DPVS. Normal and abnormal retinal and ocular development (not vasculature) are reviewed in BVS.

There are shared interests with Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling Study Section (NTRC) in photoreceptor signaling. BVS reviews applications addressing signaling mechanisms within photoreceptors. NTRC reviews applications involving retinal circuitry, photoreceptor synapses, and signaling between photoreceptors and neurons.

There are shared interests with Biophysics of Neural Systems Study Section (BPNS) in phototransduction molecules. BVS reviews applications involving the phototransduction cascade. BPNS reviews applications addressing the structure/function of visual pigments and associated proteins and their biophysical properties.

There are shared interests with Neurogenesis and Cell Fate Study Section (NCF) in retina. Applications that focus on mechanisms of neurogenesis and tissue patterning may be reviewed by NCF. Applications that require an understanding and appreciation of retina-specific organization and function may be reviewed by BVS.

There are shared interests with Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, and Regeneration Study Section (NDPR) in some aspects of visual system development. Applications focused on ganglion cell axons outside retina (optic nerve, visual cortex) and synaptogenesis are reviewed in NDPR. Applications about ganglion cell development, ganglion cell neuroprotection and death in retina are reviewed in BVS.

There are shared interests with Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies (BNVT) . The application on basic mechanisms of phototransduction are reviewed in BVS. If the focus is on the computer modeling of signaling or mathematical modeling in eye, these applications are reviewed in BNVT.

There are shared interests with Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes (SPC). Whereas basic mechanism of signaling in visual system are reviewed in BVS, applications dealing with cognition related visual processing are reviewed in SPC.

There are shared interests with Development-1 Study Section (DEV1) which also reviews applications focused on understanding basic mechanisms involved in development of ocular system.