Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research

Indiana University School of Optometry offers a unique collaboration of clinical and didactic teaching, graduate teaching in Vision Science, with its many cutting-edge research endeavors. With the tremendous support of the legendary Dr. Irv Borish and his family, and named in recognition for his accomplishments as a clinician-scientist in the advancement of our profession, the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research (BCOR) supports the research endeavors of the School of Optometry.  Specifically, it welcomes collaborative partners from private practice, universities, industry, and private agencies to join together to work on important questions related to our mission.

The mission of the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research is to support and facilitate the investigation of methods to improve the ocular health and advance the visual performance of patients around the world.  The BCOR aims to accomplish this by investigating and developing novel optical devices and corrections to enhance visual performance, and disease diagnostic and treatment strategies that can be translated directly to clinical care.

The center’s goals are:

  • To foster an environment that encourages multidisciplinary approaches to identifying and solving vision problems.
  • To promote strong working relationships with Indiana University, government agencies, industry, professional organizations, practitioners, and the public.
  • To develop a leading clinical vision research center that attracts scholars and researchers from around the world.
  • To provide an arena for the education of clinical researchers in vision and the training of vision science graduate students, residents, and fellows, as well as optometry students.
  • To provide an infrastructure of shared equipment, technical knowledge, and expertise that promotes innovative and challenging clinical investigations, allowing feasibility studies or clinical trials on short notice or for long durations.

Student opportunities

The Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research also provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate, optometry, and vision science graduate students to participate directly in vision research, through collaboration with faculty. Students can work with faculty to study and solve important questions related to vision disorders or diseases that confront vision care providers on a daily basis. Creating research experience for students was in fact, one fundamental reason for establishing the Borish Center. Several of the students participating from the 0ptometry professional program are funded by a National Institutes of Health T35 grant.  For more details or to learn of other potential funding mechanisms, please see


The Borish Center is located on the third floor of the School of Optometry building at 800 E. Atwater Avenue, at the corner of Atwater and S. Woodlawn Avenues, in Bloomington, Indiana. Parking is located on the south side of building; enter from S. Woodlawn. After parking, please sign in at the reception desk front desk located in the first floor lobby. The staff at the front desk will help you from there, or you can take the elevator to the third floor.

School of Optometry
Third Floor
800 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

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For questions or to find out additional information, please contact Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, Director of the Borish Center ( ) or the staff of the center directly at  or 812-855-4093.