SOVS @ American Academy of Optometry

The School of Optometry is celebrating after a highly successful showing at the annual American Academy of Optometry Conference held in Anaheim, USA. Over 15 SOVS academics, postgraduate students and visiting staff attend, presenting research on anterior and posterior eye disease.

Professors Fiona Stapleton, Mark Willcox and Helen Swarbrick and Drs Debarun Dutta, Pauline Kang and Lisa Nivison-Smith all gave talks on their recent research including treatments for meibomian gland dysfunction, innovations in antimicrobial and silicone hydrogel contact lenses, recent developments in myopia control utilizing contact lenses and peripheral findings in macula pathologies. Professors Stapleton and Willcox were also invited to moderate paper sessions at the conference and Dr Dutta’s work was selected as one of the ten most newsworthy topics at the upcoming 2016 Annual Conference in Anaheim, USA and invited to the official press conference.

A number of postgraduate students also presented their work at the conference. Jack Phu who was named a William Ezell fellow by the Academy gave two talks on new methods to detect and understand glaucoma in the clinic. Preeji Mandathara, also named a William Ezell Fellow this year, presented her work on corneal langerhans cells in keratoconus. Cecilia Chao, Ananya Datta and Patricia Arthur presented posters on their recent PhD studies alongside a number of SOVS academics including Dr Maria Markoulli and Vinod Maseedupally who presented work on the repeatability of Oculus Keratograph 5M, Lipiview, and Medmont E300. Associate Professor Barbara Junghans presented findings from four optometry schools on the changing attitudes of optometrists and working in rural practice (see http://www.optometry.org.au/blog-news/2016/11/15/tide-turning-for-rural-practice).

Finally, SOVS was delighted to see Dr Pauline Kang who was awarded the George and Jill Mertz Fellowship and Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith and Dr Debarun Dutta awarded fellowship at the official American Academy of Optometry banquet of the final evening of the conference. Fellows of the Academy complete a rigorous candidacy process submitting extensive written work and passing an oral examination with a panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists.