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Seminars and Events

  • Aug

    We commence Semester 2 2016 of the Vaegan Seminar Series with Associate Professor Joel Pearson from UNSW School of Pyschology. Please join us for a presentation on his latest research on Friday 12 August 2016 from 4pm - 5pm at SOVS.

  • Aug

    Join us at the Sydney Ocular Oncology Symposium Series 2016 at the Sydney Eye Hospital on Saturday 13 August 2016 from 8.30am - 3.00pm. This lecture series will focus on "Ocular Lymphoma". There are 4 CPD points available.

  • Aug

    The School is delighted to host Professor Colin Clifford from UNSW"s School of Psychology who will present on "Vision in an Uncertain World: Processing of Contour Orientation in Human Primary Visual Cortex". His lecture is open to all staff, students and general public and will be held here at the School on Friday 26 August 2016 from 4.00pm - 5.00pm.

Research Spotlight

Dr Jerome Ozkan has been successful in his application for a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship, being granted a four-year Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellowship to commence in 2016. Dr Ozkan has previously worked in clinical trials research and as an Associate Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW.

Unlike other regions of the body, the ocular surface was thought to be essentially sterile and only sporadically colonised by microbes due to the potent antimicrobial properties of the tear film and the mechanical action of the lids. Modern DNA techniques have shown the existence of a significantly more diverse bacterial population on the ocular surface. There is not yet a clear identification of a core and transient ocular microbiome.

This research aims to understand what constitutes the core and transient ocular microbiome, how microbial communities change over time and over the eye’s microhabitats (conjunctiva, lids margins, surface cells/crypts), the effect of pharmaceutical agents (including antibiotics) on its composition and how microbial communities change during disease development.