Rigmor C. Baraas

Professor

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design
Campus Kongsberg (5338)
ORCID Researcher unique identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3259-7617

Responsibilities

 

 

 

Competences

Area of interests:

  • Normal and deficient colour vision (colour-vision deficiencies and colour blindness/achromatopsia)
  • Visual optics and the development of the eye and refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism)
  • The functional implications of normal, inherited and age-related structural changes in the eye’s photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium cell layer and how this relates to how we see colour, pattern/details and motion, as well as sensitivity to light and dark
  • Retinal dystrophies and genetics
  • Rod-cone interaction
  • Live imaging of retinal photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium cells (AOSLO imaging)
  • Surface colour perception - Colour constancy

Teaching areas:

  • Visual Perception, Psychophysics, Scientific Methods.
  • MSc/MPhil and PhD supervisor.
  • PhD supervisors course (train-the-trainer)

 

CV

ORCID Researcher unique identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3259-7617

Cristin:

Rigmor C. Baraas studied Optometry and Vision Science at University of Manchester, England. She graduated in 1994, and was subsequently appointed Lecturer in the Department of Optometry at Buskerud University College, Kongsberg, Norway. She received a PhD fellowship in 1998, and returned to Manchester to undertake postgraduate research in the Vision Science Laboratory with Prof. J. J. Kulikowski. She obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2002. She then moved to the Visual and Computational Neuroscience Laboratory and undertook 3-years of postdoctoral research with Professor D. H. Foster. She returned to Buskerud University College in spring 2005 as Associate Professor of Visual Sciences in the Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences. She was promoted to full professor in November 2011. Baraas was featured as Visionary of the Quarter on the European Gateway for Vision Research for the first quarter of 2013. She is a member of NOFOSAICVS and ARVO. She was the organizer of the 21st Symposium of the International Colour Vision Society and an elected director of the ICVS Board for eight consecutive years. Baraas was an elected member of the Visual Psychophysics (VI) section of the ARVO Annual Meeting Program Committee and chair of the section for 2015-2016. She is currently Editor-in-chief for Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Sciences. She is a board memeber of Forum Farge Norway. She organizes the annual Kongsberg Vision Meeting. Baraas is the director of research at the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  

EDUCATION

2002–2005      Doctor of Philosophy: Disputation date: 09.12.2002

Supervisor: Janus J. Kulikowski, The Visual Science Laboratory, University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK

 

1994–1995      Contact Lens Diploma. Buskerud University College, Department of Optometry, Kongsberg, Norway

 

1992–1994      Bachelor of Science (Hons), Optometry and Visual Science, University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK

 

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2011–present   Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, University College of Southeast Norway.

 

2019–Present  Director of research

National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, University College of Southeast Norway.

 

2013–2019  Centre Director

National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, University College of Southeast Norway.

 

2014–2017  Prodean for Research

Faculty of Health Sciences, University College of Southeast Norway.

 

2005–2011      Associate Professor

Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Buskerud University College. Norway

 

2005–2008      Honorary Visiting Research Associate

Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

 

2002–2005      Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Wellcome Trust Grant)

Supervisor: David H. Foster, Computational Neruoscience Laboratory, University of Manchester, UK.

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS 

2013                Awarded the Norwegian Association of Optometrist Honorary Gold Medal 

2013                Awarded the title Visionary of the Quarter by the European Gateway for Vision Research for the first quarter of 2013.

2010                Recipient of the Buskerud University College Research Award 2010

2010                Recipient of the Norwegian Optometric Association Innovation Award 2010

 

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND RESEARCH FELLOWS

2014–present        4 PhD and 1 Master Students

Faculty of Health Sciences, University College of Southeast Norway, 1 PhD student is affiliated with Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo, Norway

 

2008–2014                   3 PhD and 23 Master Students

Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Norway

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES 

2008–present   Teaching (Master and PhD) scientific methods, image processing and psychophysics. Supervision of Master and PhD students.

 

2005–2014      Teaching (BSc) visual physiology, visual optics, visual perception and colour vision; Supervision (BSc) Final year student research projects.

 

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

2015–2017  Member of the scientific organization committee for the 24th symposium of the International Colour Vision Society, Erlangen, Germany August 18-22, 2017

 

2008–present   Organizer of Kongsberg Vision Meeting, annual Scandinavian meeting in vision science since 2008, 20-40 participants, Kongsberg, Norway.

 

2012–2016      Elected member of the Visual Psychophysics (VI) section of the ARVO Annual Meeting Program Committee, Chair of the committee 20152016, including organization of four mini symposia over four years

 

2010–2011      Organizer of the 21st symposium of the International Colour Vision Society, 140 participants, Kongsberg, Norway July 1-5, 2011

 

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

2015–present   Member of PhD program board, Faculty of Health Sciences, University College of Southeast Norway.

2012–Present  Member of institutional quality assurance in education board, University College of Southeast Norway.

2007–Present  Head of Colour Vision and Retinal Imaging Research Group.

2014–2016      Project manager for the development of National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, with responsibility for a budget of NOK 31.7 mill, attracted external funding of NOK 8 mill.

2015                Member of 2015 strategic working group for the future University College of Southeast Norway Project 1 on the new institutions platform and profile.

2012–2014      Project manager for the development of a Nordic Master in Vision Rehabilitation, budget NOK 2 mill.

2011–2013      Member of committee developing the PhD program in person-centred healthcare and the application towards NOKUT accreditation. The PhD program started in 2014.

2012–2014      Director of Postgraduate Studies including HR responsibility for the departments associate and full professors, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Buskerud University College, Norway.

2012                Member of the two working groups for organizing the Faculty of Health Sciences at the former University College Buskerud and Vestfold, operative from Jan 1. 2014.

2011                Member of the working group for organizing the new Faculty of Health Sciences at Buskerud University College, operative from Jan 2. 2012.

2009–2011      Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, Buskerud University College, Norway.

 

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

2016–present   Selected by the Board of Directors of International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) to serve as a member of the Verriest Medal Committee.

2014–2016   Member of National Body of Cooperation between the Health and Education sector in Norway [Nasjonalt samarbeidsorgan for helsesektoren og utdanningssektoren (NSHU)].

2010–present   Editor-in-chief, Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science

2005–present   Peer-review work for the following journals: Retina, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Vision Research, Journal of Vision, Eye, Acta Ophthalmology, JOSA A, Visual Neuroscience

2011–2018      Topical Editor for Journal of the Optical Society of America A feature issue on Color Vision (JOSA A Vol. 29, Iss. 2, 2012, JOSA A, Vol. 31, Iss. 4, 2014, Vol. 33, iss. 3 2016, Vol. 35 , iss. 4 2018).

2013–2016      Selected by the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America (OSA) to serve as a member of the Edgar D. Tillyer Award Committee.

2012–2016      Member of the International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) and elected member of the society’s Directors Committee.

2013–2014      Member of working group AG4–The municipal sector in HO21 Norwegian National Research and Innovation Strategy Process on Health and Care for the 21st Century 

2011                Member of ARVO working group with focus on the strategy surrounding the ARVO annual meeting as well as the quality of science in ARVO meetings as part of their long range plan.

 

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

2014–present   Member of the Norwegian Neuroscience Society (NNS) and Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

2005–present   Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

2000–present   Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA)

1999–present   Member of the International Colour Vision Society (ICVS)

1994–present   Member of the Norwegian Association of Optometrists (NOF)

 

COLLABORATIONS

Maureen Neitz, PhD, Genetics of eye diseases, University of Washington, Department of Ophthalmology, Seattle WA, USA

Joseph Carroll, PhD, Vision research, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI, USA

Alfredo Dubra, PhD, Adaptive optics retinal imaging, Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University, Stanford CA, USA

Christine F. Wildsoet, Myopia, University of California Berkeley School og Optometry, Berkeley, CA, USA

Michael Larsen, PhD, Eye disease, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tor P. Utheim, PhD, Eye disease, Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo, Norway

Jan Kremers, PhD, Retinal physiology, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Publications

 

Recent Publications in Peer-Review Journals (for the most updated record please go to http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3259-7617)

Hagen, L.A., Gjelle, J. B., Arnegard, S., Pedersen, H. R., Gilson, S. J., Baraas R. C. (2018) Prevalence and Possible Factors of Myopia in Norwegian Adolescents. Scientific Reports. 8(1):13479. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-31790-y.

Pedersen, H. R., Hagen, L.A., Landsend, E., Gilson, S. J., Utheim, Ø., Utheim, T. P., Neitz, M., Baraas R. C. (2018) Color Vision in Aniridia. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. 59(5):2142-2152. doi: 10.1167/iovs.17-23047.

Krekling E. D., Hagen L. A., Baraas R. C. (2018) Fargesynssvakheter bør avdekkes i ung alder.
Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening 138(12). doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.18.0549

Landsend E. C. S., Utheim Ø. A., Pedersen H. R., Aass H. C. D., Lagali N., Dartt D. A., Baraas R. C., Utheim TP. (2018) The Level of Inflammatory Tear Cytokines is Elevated in Congenital Aniridia and Associated with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. 59(5):2197-2204. doi: 10.1167/iovs.18-24027.

Landsend, E. C. S., Pedersen, H. R., Utheim, Ø., Xiao, J., Muhummed, A., Tashbayev, B., Legali, N., Dartt, D. A., Baraas R. C., Utheim, T. P. (2018) Meibomian gland dysfunction and keratopathy are associated with dry eye disease in aniridia. British Journal of Ophthalmology; Published Online First: 08 March 2018. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-310927.

Pedersen, H. R., Munch, I. C., Gilson, S. J., Larsen, M., Baraas R. C. (2018) Mulitimodal imaging of small hard drusen in young healthy adults. British Journal of Ophthalmology 102:146-152.

Landsend, E., Utheim, Ø., Pedersen, H. R., Legali, N., Baraas R. C., Utheim, T. P. (2018) The genetics of congenital aniridia—a guide for the ophthalmologist. Survey of Ophthalmology 63 (1), 105-113.

Mushtaq, F., Baraas, R. C., Al-Saud, L. M., Mirghani, I., van der Zee, C., Yates, E., Keeling, A., Mon-Williams, M. A., Manogue, M. (2016) Should prospective dental students be screened for colour vision deficits? British Dental Journal 221(5):227-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.633.

Baraas, R. C., Gjelle, J. V., Finstad, E. B., Jacobsen, S. B. & Gilson, S. J. (2016) The relationship between perifoveal achromatic, L- and M-cone acuity and retinal structure as assessed with multimodal high resolution imaging. Vision Research doi:10.1016/j.visres.2016.06.005

Dees, E. W., Gilson, S. J., Neitz, M., Baraas R. C. (2015) The influence of L-opsin gene polymorphisms and neural ageing on spatio-chromatic contrast sensitivity in 20–71 year olds. Vision Research 116, 13-24.

Buck, S., Baraas, R. C., Bonnardel, V., Lee, B., Lindsay, D., Webster, M., Werner, J. S. (2014) Color vision: Introduction. Journal of the Optical Society of America 31 (4), CV1-CV2

Dees, E. W., Baraas R. C. (2014) Performance of normal females and carriers of color-vision deficiencies on standard color-vision tests. Journal of Optical Society of America A 31 (4), A401-A409

Baraas R. C., Hagen L. A., Dees E. W., Neitz M. (2012) Substitution of isoleucine for threonine at position 190 of S-opsin causes S-cone-function abnormalities. Vision Research 73, 1-9.

Buck, S., Baraas, R. C., Lee, B., Lindsay, D., Webster, M., Werner, J. S. (2012) Color vision: Introduction. Journal of the Optical Society of America 29 (2), CV1-CV3

Dees EW, Baraas R. C. (2011) Fargede filtre gir ikke rød-grønne fargesvake normal fargebedømmelse. Scandinavian Journal of Visual Science 4(2), 6-13

Dees E. W., Dubra, A., and Baraas R. C. (2011) Variability in parafoveal cone mosaic in normal trichromatic individuals. Biomedical Optics Express 2 (5), 1351-1358.

Michaelides M., Rha J., Dees E. W., Baraas R. C., Wagner-Schuman M., Mollon J. D, Dubis A. M., Andersen M. K. G., Rosenberg T., Larsen M., Moore A. T., and Carroll J. (2011) Integrity of the Cone Photoreceptor Mosaic in Oligocone Trichromacy. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science 52, 4754-4764.

Burner T., Baraas R. C. and Falkenberg H. K. (2011) Studentaktive vurderingsformer i norsk lærer- og optometriutdanning. Uniped 34, 43-56

Baraas R. C., Kulikowski J. J., and Muldoon M. (2010) Elongation of chromatic stimuli enhance the contribution of the intermediate temporal filter. Journal of Optical Society of America A 27, 766-780. 

Baraas R. C., Foster D. H., Amano K., and Nascimento S. M. C. (2010) Color constancy of red-green dichromats and anomalous trichromats. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science 51, 2286-2293. 

Carroll J., Baraas R. C., Morgan, J. I. W., Williams D. R., Foster D. H., Neitz M. (2009) Cone photoreceptor mosaic disruption associated with Cys203Arg mutation in the M-cone opsin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106, 20948-20953. 

 

Recent Books and Book chapter

Kremers, J., Baraas, R. C., Marshall, N. J., (Eds.) Human Color Vision, Springer Series in Vision Research 2016; Vol.5., doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44978-4.

Baraas, R. C., Zele, A., Psychophysical Correlates of Retinal Processing, in Kremers, J., Baraas, R. C., Marshall, N. J., (Eds.) Human Color Vision, Springer Series in Vision Research 2016; Vol.5: pp.133–157, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44978-4_5.