Health Care Research at MBKU

Research at Ketchum University spans all three of our professional health care programs and provides opportunities for optometry, PA and pharmacy students to get involved in projects as early as their first year. Ketchum University faculty support students in their research interests and many are highly-lauded researchers in their own right. Numerous members of MBKU’s faculty are published in prestigious journals and are engaged in active, ongoing research studies. 

An Invaluable Experience

Amanda Beaudry OD/MS with her research poster

My OD/MS Research Journey
by Amanda Beaudry OD/MS

My decision to pursue the dual OD/MS program ended up being one of the best decisions I made for myself and for my career. The MS courses enhanced the OD program and allowed me to get a deeper understanding of the research behind various aspects of vision science. The unique experience of working one on one with some of the experts in the various fields of optometry has been invaluable.


Highlighted Clinical Trials & Studies

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Childhood Atropine for Myopia Progression (CHAMP)

Myopia or “nearsightedness” occurs when the eye grows too long. This results in distant objects being focused in front of the retina rather than on the retina. The exact cause of myopia is currently unknown; however, environmental and genetic factors seem to play a role. We are one of several clinical sites participating in this FDA multi-center randomized clinical trial designed to determine the effectiveness of an eye drop (i.e., low-dose atropine) to slow the progression of myopia.

Elderly lady having an eye exam

Adult Vision: A Clinical Study of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The purpose of this study is to develop a vision test that detects age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at a very early stage, before acuity loss. Several visual functions will be monitored over a two-year period to try to find the most sensitive test for AMD and predict which patients develop late AMD the quickest. Thirty-five subjects will be chosen for this project. Fifteen of the subjects will be normal controls and 20 will have mild to moderate AMD.

Boy playing a computer game with special eyewear on.

Children's Vision: Binocular Activities Treatment for Amblyopia (ATS18)

Amblyopia, a condition in which vision in one eye is reduced because the brain is favoring the other eye, is one of the most common eye conditions in children and affects approximately two or three out of every 100 children. Using spectacle and part-time patching or atropine eye drops often helps correct this issue but not all children reach 20/20 vision after treatment. The present study compares a new binocular game treatment with part-time patching.