Manchester Vision Network

Working to understand one of our most valued senses.


The Manchester Vision Network (MVN) brings together academics and clinicians from across The University of Manchester and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Members of our network study vision at all levels, in both health and disorder, from the molecular mechanisms of light detection to the complex brain processes that allow us to see and interact with our environment.



Our research

Our breadth of expertise and the close collaboration between The University of Manchester and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital allow us to set ambitious objectives in vision research.

MVN research spans a range of disciplines including:

  • molecular biology
  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • cell physiology
  • anatomy
  • neuroscience
  • experimental psychology
  • psychophysics
  • optics
  • electrical engineering
  • information technology.

We have a proud history of fundamental discovery in vision research at the University, and patients have benefited from our pioneering work in the diagnosis and treatment of visual dysfunction.

Key areas


Annual activities

Each year, MVN supports a number of activities that showcase and support vision research activity.

The Janus Kulikowski Award

This annual award is presented to an early career researcher working in the network who has generated the most outstanding research output in the previous year. Award winners present a keynote at the MVN conference.

Annual conference

The MVN conference was first held in 2018 and has continued annually since then, with two online events in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual conference brings our researchers together, showcases our work and invites excellent external speakers.

At the event, we formally present the Janus Kulikowski Award for best research output that year, as well as awards for the best poster and talk presentation at the conference. Each year, the Janus Kulikowski award winner presents a keynote presentation.

Small Award Scheme

Established in 2021, this scheme invites applications from the MVN community for small funding awards (less than £2,000).

In particular, the scheme aims to support new, interdisciplinary work that will lead to subsequent external funding applications.


Training and education

We are strongly committed to the training and education of our future scientists.

Many of our principal investigators are members of flagship PhD programmes within the Faculty:


Contact us

Interested in finding out more? Get in touch.

Dr Paul Warren
MVN Steering Group Chair