Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research
History of the Borish Center
Under the co-direction of Dr. Gerald Lowther (then Dean of the IU School of Optometry) and Dr. P. Sarita Soni (then Associate Dean for Research of the School) the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research (BCOR) was founded in 1995. Drs. Lowther and Soni developed the center and directed it until 2006. In 2007 Dr. Ann Elsner assumed direction of the center. In 2014 Dr. Pete Kollbaum assumed direction of the BCOR.
Since its inception, the BCOR has undertaken over 200 NEI, foundation, and industry sponsored projects. Among the projects were studies on contact lens wear (including the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus Study); orthokeratology, tear analysis, and visual performance of all types of single vision and presbyopic contact lenses; concepts of improved optical performance, glaucoma detection, and improving reading for those with macular degeneration. Ongoing projects continue within the BCOR each year to address the center’s aims.