IU School of Medicine



The student will be performing research related to ocular blood flow in glaucoma and other eye disease as well as becoming familiar and involved with all aspects of the research environment at the center. Student will be involved in many projects, but also a unique project in which they will have the potential to become a first author on a paper and/or abstract. If the student wishes to remain involved with the center research post-elective, this will be eventually finalized for submission. The student is expected to be familiar with ethical board requirements for conducting human research, to protocol development, study design and procedures. The student will accompany a team on patient visits and observe the various imaging technologies that are utilized for quantification and measurement of ocular blood flow. These will include, but not be limited to, Heidelberg Retinal Flowmetry, Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy, color Doppler and retinal oximetry imaging. The student will be instructed in the various analysis techniques employed for quantification of the data collected. It is expected that the student will become comfortable with these methods and be able to run statistical analysis on the data and learn how the outcomes may affect research and treatment paradigms. Students will participate in clinical research and apply HIPAA regulations, IRB interactions and good clinical practices of Human Clinical Research. Students will be CITI registered and trained.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Brent Siesky (bsiesky@indiana.edu)

Director: Alon Harris, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe how clinical research is performed from concept to execution, with emphasis on post data collection analysis and subsequent publication opportunities (PBLI1)
  • 2) Describe how ocular blood flow is measured in humans, how vascular diseases both systemically and local to the eye are involved in the disease process of many ophthalmic pathologies, especially in glaucoma (MK3)
  • 3) Contribute to scientific writing of clinical research study results with opportunities to remain involved post elective (PBLI1)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Students will be observed participating in our ongoing research projects and will discuss findings with faculty, most usually myself and Dr. Siesky. Faculty will review written contributions if completed, along with review of publications and presentations when possible).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 50% Library/Research; 20% Clinical; 20% Laboratory; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Brent Siesky (bsiesky@indiana.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None