Salus University has a history of more than twenty years in the development of an extensive research program in basic and clinical sciences.  The program’s major emphasis is in Biomedical Sciences, Visual Sciences and Clinical Trials. Fundamental research is currently being conducted in a range of areas that span Audiology, Optometry, and Vision Impairment. Salus University researchers are published in such prestigious journals as Neuron, Nature, The Journal of Neuroscience and The Journal of Biochemistry.

Support for research projects at the University comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI), which is part of NIH, and other foundations, such as the Pennsylvania Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation and the Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Research Foundation.

Clinical Studies

  • Amblyopia Treatment Studies (ATS)
  • Attention and Perception of Surfaces
  • Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE)
  • Central Corneal Thickness Study A Prospective of Corneal Thickness in Children Less than 18 Years Old (CCTS)
  • Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT)
  • Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial 2 (COMET 2)
  • Collaborative Observational Study of Myopia in COMET Children  (COSMICC)
  • Mechanisms of Near and Intermediate Distance Space Perception
  • Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS)
  • Phonetic Context Effects in Cochlear Implant Listeners and Normal Hearing Listeners
  • Retinal Steepness vs. Myopia Development in Children
  • Understanding Encoding of Speech Signal in the Lower Brain Stem: Study Using Human Frequency Following Response (FFR)
  • Vision Rehabilitation Research
  • Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) (completed 2006)

Laboratory Sciences

  • Hafter Laboratory-Guanylate Cyclase Activating Protein (GCAP) in retinal disease
  • Unit of Regulatory & Molecular Biology – Guanylate Cyclase Transduction Mechanisms in Sensory Neurons
  • Visual spatial perception
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal pigmentary aging effects
  • Electrophysiology
  • Laser effects
  • Ocular transmittance

For further information about our research programs in general or a particular study, please contact Lydia Parke, Assistant Director of Research at 215 780.1417 or