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VERI researchers often require participants for research projects.

Why should I get involved in research?

Freelance broadcaster Tom Walker talks to VERI's Dr Jasleen Jolly and Dr Andrew Mitchelmore from Oxford Brookes University, who has the eye condition choroideremia and has participated in research which he hasn’t directly benefited from.



We are recruiting adults with sensory loss to investigate experiences of healthcare appointments and services since the COVID-19 pandemic.

This involves an online survey taking approximately 15 minutes. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can drop out of the survey at any time.

If you have a vision and/or hearing impairment, we would appreciate your help by completing our accessibility of healthcare services for adults with sensory impairment survey.




We are recruiting female carriers of X-linked inherited retinal disease to investigate their opinions and knowledge about being a carrier, and the effects of being a carrier on their vision and overall lifestyle.

Female carriers are mothers, sisters, and/or daughters of people with an inherited retinal disease, such as retinitis pigmentosa and choroideremia.

This involves an online survey taking approximately 15-20 minutes. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can drop out of the survey at any time.

If you're a mother, sister, and/or daughter of a person with an inherited retinal disease, we would appreciate your help by completing our vision and lifestyle questionnaire for female carriers of X-linked inherited retinal diseases.

We also require females who have normal vision and are not a carrier of an inherited retinal disease for our control group. We would appreciate your help by completing our vision and lifestyle questionnaire for healthy controls.




We are recruiting healthy young adults aged 18-30 years to investigate visual short-term memory binding.

The study involves an hour and a half single testing session with short rest breaks. You will be asked to look at visual items presented briefly on a computer monitor.

Your memory for these items will be tested immediately by showing an item and asking you whether the item was shown previously.

All the tests are non-invasive. You will be paid £7.50 for your time.

To participate in this research, you should have no visual or hearing impairment (you are still eligible if you wear glasses or hearing aids), and no known history of:

  • neurological or psychological disorders
  • dementia, stroke, or degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • depression, anxiety, chronic alcohol use, and any physical illness.

For further information or if you are interested in taking part, contact Monika McAtarsney-Kovacs at mm2329@pgr.aru.ac.uk




We are recruiting people who experience visual hallucinations secondary to vision loss (Charles Bonnet Syndrome).

We will ask you to come to our Cambridge campus to do a short computer vision test and have an EEG.

This involves having electrodes stuck to your head using a special cap so we can measure how the activity of the brain changes before, during and after the hallucination. This is painless.

We will also ask you to describe details about your hallucinations.

The test will take a maximum of three hours. Travel expenses will be refunded.

If you would like more information, contact bethany.higgins@aru.ac.uk




During the COVID-19 pandemic we ran a number of surveys to find out about people's experiences. While the surveys are now closed, you can see all publications related to our COVID-19 research.

We are currently running a trial of a highly anticipated spectacle lens which is understood to slow down short-sightedness (myopia) in children.

Check this page for future opportunities, or contact veri@aru.ac.uk if you would be interested in getting involved as a participant.