Visio attached importance to stimulating research in applied science and its development into new services and products. We are increasingly called upon to demonstrate the effect of our treatments and assistance methods. To be able to realise this, we collaborate with various universities and academies on specialised disciplines.
Several endowed chairs and a research group have been established by or in cooperation with Visio thanks to the financial support of institutes such as Novum and the Catholic Foundation for Blind and Partially Sighted People (KSBS).
Videology Chair at the University of Groningen
Emeritus Professor Aart Kooijman
This chair is dedicated to visual disorders. Research in this area provides knowledge and understanding of these problems and promotes the accessibility of partially sighted people to society. Take for example research into night vision glasses and the use of telescope glasses for driving (called bioptic driving).
Rehabilitation Chair at the Free University of Amsterdam
Prof. Ger van Rens
This research about the rehabilitation of partially sighted and blind people covers the field from rehabilitation needs (such as the development of the intake questionnaire D-AI) up to the effects of rehabilitation. This is reflected in the quality of life, both in practice and from a psychosocial perspective.
Visual and Physical Impairment Chair at Radboud University Nijmegen
Professor Bert Steenbergen
This research focuses on the relationship between perception and action and their effects on learning and behaviour. Re-organisation of the damaged neuro-cognitive system is one of the topics, such as research into the effect of a new form of reading training in elderly people with non-congenial brain damage.
Research Group on participation and health of people with a mental and visual disability at Hanzehogeschool in Groningen
Dr. Aly Waninge
This applied science research group focuses on research to improve the participation and health of people with multiple disabilities. It is involved in developing science-based measurement instruments and life-style programmes.