Research Assistant: Electroretinography and Subjective Visual Function in Age-Related Macular DegenerationSummer Course

Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science
Location: Copenhagen
Labs, Research, & Practicums Session

Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) often complain of a worsening of their central vision. However, objective measures of visual function may not always correspond with a patient’s self-perceived visual abilities. VFQ-39 is a validated means of assessing subjective visual function and multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) is a relatively recent, clinic-based investigation used in assessing central retinal function. By using these two techniques, it may be possible to correlate subjective with objective measures of visual function. Patients are recruited from eye outpatients, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde and the visual function questionnaire, VFQ-39 (English language version), multifocal ERG (mfERG) will be used as methods.

Research Assistantship Hours 

You will spend 180 hours directly engaged in research, together with 20 hours in co-curricular activities, during your RAship.   

Field Studies: Culture & Language 

As a co-curricular complement to your summer research, you will meet every Wednesday, together with faculty from the DIS European Humanities program, for a 6-week introduction to culture and language in Stockholm.  

Select Mentor Publications

  • Sørensen, T. L., Baumal, C. R., Karcher, H., Freitas, R. L., Becher, A., Balez, S., Clemens, A., Singer, M., & Kodjikian, L. (2022). Efficacy and safety of brolucizumab in age-related macular degeneration: A systematic review of real-world studies. Acta Ophthalmologica, 10.1111/aos.15242. 
  • Sørensen, T. L., Forshaw, T. R. J., Subhi, Y., & Andréasson, S. (2022). Full-Field Electroretinography Changes Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analyses. Ophthalmologica. Journal international d’ophtalmologie. International journal of ophthalmology. Zeitschrift fur Augenheilkunde, 245(3), 195–203.


Torben Lykke Sørensen

DIS Summer Faculty

M.D. (University of Copenhagen, 1999). DM.Sci. (University of Copenhagen, 2004). Associate professor at University of Copenhagen. Chief Physician in Ophthalmology, Roskilde Hospital (Copenhagen University Hospital). Former research fellow at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. With DIS since 2005.