The Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI), established in 1965 under Republic Act No. 4593, is envisioned to be the center of ophthalmic research activities and repository of recorded ophthalmic literature and information on eye researches in the country. Its mission, to prevent blindness among Filipinos, is achieved through many of its research programs; such as clinical collaboration with the University of the Philippines (UP) - Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, translational researches, epidemiologic and public health programs, and experimental and basic researches.
As the premiere eye research institute of the country, it was mandated by law to: 1) undertake clinical, applied, and epidemiological researches on eye diseases; 2) conduct basic studies on different eye diseases; 3) perform the research functions of the UP Department of Ophthalmology; 4) collaborate with scientific researchers in other fields of medicine; 5) provide stimulation and assistance to other ophthalmic researchers in the country; 6) cooperate with scientific research activities here and abroad; and 7) formulate plans, activities, or proposals and recommend policies, procedures, rules, and regulations for adoption by the Board of Regents consistent with its powers and effective operation.
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Philippine Journal of Ophthalmology
Vol. 39 No. 2: June - December 2014