Professor McDermott was awarded her PhD in Biochemistry by the University of London, Imperial College in 1991 then went on to conduct post-doctoral research at Cornell University, McMaster University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the faculty of the University of Houston, College of Optometry in 1998, where she remained for almost two decades teaching optometry students, supervising graduate students and carrying out research on ocular surface wound healing, inflammation, infection and immunity. In 2017 she returned to her native UK where she is now a Professor at Northumbria University. Here she teaches immunology and pathology to biomedical science students and continues her research on the ocular surface in health and disease. She is an active member of several optometric societies including the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, the International Society for Contact Lens Research and is a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association. She also sits on the editorial board of Eye and Contact Lens, reviews papers for many journals and evaluates grants for several national and international funding agencies.
Visiting Professorial Fellows
Currently the Chief Scientist Innovation Officer at the Brien Holden Vision Institute Limited (BHVI), in addition to an appointment as Visiting Professorial Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Arthur Ho is also a Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology at the Miller’s School of Medicine, University of Miami, USA.
Receiving a PhD in 1990 for research into the permeability of the corneal epithelium and endothelium as a result of contact lens wear and corneal surgery, Arthur began his involvement in research in 1978, assisting in the first over-night cornea swelling studies at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit (eventually, Institute for Eye Research and currently BHVI). His early participation in the development of the first high-precision optical pachometer (the “Holden-Payor pachometer”) which paved the way to understanding the oxygen needs of the contact lens-wearing eye, developed in Arthur the philosophy that new knowledge and discoveries are often gained through facilitation by new technology. Thus he maintains a focus on the development of innovative devices and instrumentation for research. This emphasis on device and technology development sees Arthur named as an inventor on over 40 families of issued patents additionally with over 50 pending.
While his areas of interest in optometric research is broad, Arthur’s current research focus is in myopia and presbyopia and particularly in understanding the opto-mechanical characteristics of the accommodation system and developing vision correction systems for controlling myopia progression.
Konrad Pesudovs undertook clinical training at Melbourne (1990), PhD at Flinders University (2000) and postdoctoral Fellowships at Bradford (UK) and Houston (USA). From 2004-2009 he ran the NHMRC Centre for Ophthalmology Outcomes Research at Flinders University. From 2009-2017 he was the Foundation Chair of Optometry and Vision Science at Flinders University. In this role, he created a 5-year optometry course incorporating innovative teaching and learning strategies including integrated teaching, case-based learning and other student-centred learning strategies, e-learning, communication skills, business skills, evidence-based practice, simulation, high volume clinical exposure, clinical placements using the parallel clinical consulting model, and regional, remote and indigenous student recruitment and training strategies. His research interest is ophthalmology outcomes research; incorporating optical, visual and patient-reported measurement into the holistic assessment of ophthalmic outcomes. A key element of this is the development of patient-reported outcome measures using Rasch analysis. He is the leader of an international project to develop item banking for measuring patient-reported outcomes in ophthalmology (the Eye-tem Bank Project). He has a strong track record in epidemiology particularly with the Global Burden of Disease Study. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 55 (ISI)) and made over 200 presentations at international conferences. His career grant funding exceeds $9M. He sits on two editorial boards and is President of the Australian College of Optometry (2016-). He has won several international awards including the Waring Medal (2006), the Borish Award (2008), the Garland Clay Award (2009, 2011) and in 2018 was named International Optometrist of the Year.
Professor Kovin Naidoo is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader.
He is the outgoing CEO at the African Vision Research Institute(AVRI), an Associate Professor of Optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW Sydney, Australia and Adjunct Faculty at Salus University in Philadelphia. He has published extensively in epidemiology and public health. He is a collaborator in the Global Burden of Disease Studies and African PI for the vision loss expert group (VLEG). He initiated the formation of the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI).
Professor Naidoo is the former CEO of the Brien Holden Vision institute and is currently the Senior VP Inclusive Business and Philanthropy at Essilor. He is the Founder and former Global Director of Our Children’s Vision Campaign, was chair of the International Myopia Institute, and is a member of the World Council of Optometry Executive committee; Founder and Chair of African Vision and the former Chair of the Red Cross Air Mercy Services Board of Trustees and former Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
Professor Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar, an Ashoka Fellow and a Schwab Fellow. Among his many awards are: The American Academy of Optometry Essilor Award for outstanding contributions to Optometry and the British College of Optometrists honorary fellowship in 2009, International Optometrist of the Year in 2007, a honorary doctorate from State University of New York (SUNY).
Sarah Hosking is a clinician and researcher having spent 25 years in academia, latterly as a professor in both ophthalmology and optometry in institutions in Australia, the UK and China. She is an experienced CEO and Non Executive Director, having held a number of roles in health, research and education.
Sarah has a proven track record in business start-up, turnaround, development and change management and extensive knowledge of private, government, primary and acute health sectors across a broad range of disciplines, with special interests in paediatric palliative care, vision and eye health and more recently in breast cancer. In addition to her current role as CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Sarah is currently a Non Executive board director of the Australian Communities Foundation, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sailing Foundation and Rippling Ltd.
Professor Serge Resnikoff MD, PhD, is an international expert and consultant in global public health, ophthalmology, and eye health. He teaches in Paris and London. He is also the Chair of the International Myopia Institute board, the Chair of Our Children’s Vision advisory board and the President and Chair of Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité (OPC), an organization developing eye care in francophone Africa.
From 2008 to 2010 he served as CEO of Thea, a European pharmaceutical group, specializing in the research, development, and commercialization of eye care products. From 2004 to 2008, he co-ordinated various World Health Organization (WHO) programmes aiming to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular, respiratory, genetic, ear and eye diseases.
From 1999 until 2004, he led the WHO Programme for the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness, which aimed to make essential eye and ear care available to all. Since joining WHO in 1995, he has developed public health strategies and contributed to global partnerships such as VISION 2020, involving governments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and private sector groups. Before this, he worked for 14 years in developing countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
With a PhD from Paris University, an MD from Bordeaux University, and post-graduate degrees in ophthalmology, tropical medicine, air and space medicine, public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics, he has published over 200 refereed articles and book chapters.
He has won several international awards and received two honorary doctorates.
Vijaya K Gothwal is a low vision specialist and completed her undergraduation in Optometry from India followed by a Master’s in Applied Science and a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship from The Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. She has a vast experience in providing care to patients with low vision across all age groups over the last 30 years. She has published widely and has to her credit over 95 papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals. She has made over 130 presentations at National and International conferences. She was awarded the prestigious Constance W Atwell award for Excellence in Low Vision Research in 2002 by the Low Vision Research Group Committee at Ford Lauderdale, Florida, USA. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and was awarded the Diplomate in Low Vision (Research) by the AAO. She is the Assistant Secretary of the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR). Her research interests include psychometrics, patient-reported outcome measurement (such as understanding patient’s perspectives of the impact of their ocular condition and its treatment on quality of life, etc.), effectiveness of treatments, and low vision, specifically pediatric low vision.
Senior Visiting Fellow
Dr Constantinos Petsoglou is a Cornea Subspecialist at the Sydney Eye Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology for the University of Sydney and is coordinator of the distance learning Masters degree programme in ophthalmic basic sciences. He completed a Cornea fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital under Mr John Dart and worked at Moorfields as a consultant betwen 2008-2011. He is also Deputy Director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank and has research interest into eye banking, corneal neovascularization, herpetic eye disease and postgraduate medical education.
Dr Murat Dogru
Dr.Murat Dogru is the first academician from the whole continental Europe to acquire a Japanese Medical License to practice in the field of Ophthalmology. Dr. Murat Dogru is an internationally recognized expert in ocular surface disorders, dry eyes, ocular allergy and ocular inflammation. He conducts both basic and translational research in the field of corneal and ocular surface inflammation and oxidative stress. He studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of ocular inflammation with applications to autoimmunity, dry eye disease, contact lens wear and ocular allergy.
An executive board member of the international Tear film and Ocular Surface Society, Asia Dry Eye Society and Japan Dry Eye Research Society,and a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), he has authored more than 230 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has presented more than 200 invited and named lectures worldwide. His published work has been read and cited more than 8,200 times. Dr. Dogru’s research has led to several successful grant applications to the Japanese Ministry of Health and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science where he was registered as an official researcher of Japan in 2002. His research is also supported by several continual industry grants. Dr. Dogru has trained several clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and students in Turkey and in Japan over 8 countries to date, the significant majority achieving full-time academic positions in ophthalmology and vision research in their respective countries. Dr. Murat Dogru currently is a practicing ophthalmologist and a researcher with a research laboratory in Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr Percy Lazon
Dr Percy Lazon de la Jara is Principal Clinical Scientist, Research and Development Department of CooperVision where he set up strategies that influence direction of product development and management of research programs.
He was the Head of Clinical Research at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (2009-2015) where he directed clinical research activities. In 1995, became the Regional Coordinator for Latin America of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) where he was in charge of implementing contact lens educational programs across the region. He completed his PhD at the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology at University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia in 2005. He has presented more than 100 educational/scientific conferences in16 countries and is a regular reviewer for a range of journals. He has published 37 peer-reviewed scientific papers, co-inventor on three patents and admitted as a Fellow of IACLE and Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Is a member by scientific merit of the International Society for Contact Lens Research.
In 2011 he received from the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research the Excellence in Innovation Award, for the work conducted on “Anti Myopia Spectacle and Contact Lens Design”.
Dr Rohit Khanna
Dr Rohit C Khanna has completed Residency in Ophthalmology from the Government Medical College, Nagpur and completed a Comprehensive Fellowship at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). Subsequently, he did a Masters in Community Eye Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, USA and Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
His clinical areas of interest are cataract and glaucoma. Apart from his clinical responsibility, he is also involved in Public Health training and research. He is the Course Convenor for the Diploma and Masters program in Community Eye Health programs and was involved in designing the Masters Program in Community Eye Health, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW). In research, he is involved with outcomes of different interventions as well as Geriatric and Child Eye Health and has published extensively in this area. He is on the Editorial Board of several journals too. He is a member on numerous Working Groups for the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). He was involved in capacity building of different hospitals and Institutes, both nationally and internationally. He has also worked on various consulting projects, for many National and International Organizations, including IAPB and WHO. He is recipient of several grants and awards too.
A/Professor Qian Garrett is the Director of Research Office, the University of Notre Dame Australia, exercising leadership in all matters involving research; responsible for the development of research culture, oversight of higher degree by research student training, and building research partnerships.
A/Professor Garrett has over 20 years of experience in biomedical research and product development. She has led many successful high-impact projects on research and commercialisation of technology in therapeutics and biomedical devices for prevention and treatment of ocular wounds/defects and dry eyes, and for vision correction.
A/Professor Garrett is a Senior Visiting Fellow of the SOVS. She has supervised 20 research (doctoral and honours) students in the fields of ocular wound healing, dry eyes, physiology of the ocular surface, biocompatibility and comfort wear of contact lenses. A/Professor Garrett has secured over $2.5M of external funding as a lead investigator. She has led and co-authored more than 70 publications (book chapters, journal articles, patents and conference papers).
A/Professor Garrett completed her Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW Australia. She was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (UK). She was a Japanese Science & Technology Agency Research Fellow at the Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment, Japan. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame Australia, A/Professor Garrett was a Senior Research Fellow and Manager of the Biological Sciences at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, and the Research Development and Program Coordinator at the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation, Australia.
Dr Byoung-Sun Chu obtained his undergraduate degree in optometry from the Department of Optometry at Daejeon Health Science College, Korea. He received his Masters degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and completed a PhD degree at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry(FAAO) and a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators(FIACLE). His research experience includes visual function and driving and presbyopic contact lenses. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the Daegu Catholic University, Korea. He is a professional consultant for DAVICH Optical chain, Korea, and CooperVision, Korea.
Dr. Cathleen Fedtke graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Applied Sciences in Germany (Aalen) in 2006, before completing her PhD at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the University of New South Wales in Australia (Sydney) in 2011. Her PhD topic specialised in the development of a new clinical instrument (the BHVI-EyeMapper), which, being dedicated to measure global refraction profiles, can be of particular application to better understand and monitor myopia progression. Since the completion of her PhD, she has worked at the Brien Holden Vision Institute as Project Manager (myopia control) and Senior Research Fellow.
Dr. Fedtke has several publications in peer reviewed journals, is a co-inventor of patents relating to myopia and instrumentation, and has presented at national and international conferences. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), a Visiting Fellow of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the Univeristy of New South Wales and a member of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
Dr Debarun Dutta
Dr Debarun Dutta is a visiting fellow of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales Australia and a lecturer at the Optometry School at the Aston University UK. Dr Dutta also works as a consultant for ophthalmic industry partners.
Dr Dutta worked as a Research and Senior Research Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales for almost five years, where his research was focused on the validation of antimicrobial contact lenses and biomaterials, ocular surface and tear film research. Debarun completed his PhD from Brien Holden Vision Institute, and University of New South Wales, Sydney with Professor Mark Willcox in 2014. His PhD was based on the development of antimicrobial contact lenses which received various grants including prestigious Ezell fellowship from American Academy of Optometry. Debarun completed his Bachelor of Optometry from the West Bengal University of Technology in 2007, followed by a one-year clinical fellowship at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, India in 2008. Debarun worked as a clinician and contact lens consultant at the L V Prasad Eye Institute for two years.
At Aston, he is involved in undergraduate education of biology and contact lenses. Debarun’s research interest includes contact lens and dry eye: Anterior ocular surface and tear film, tear lipid layer, and ocular comfort. Debarun is also interested in contact lens-related adverse events: Particularly infiltrative events, development of novel antimicrobial agents, antimicrobial peptides, mechanism and activity of antimicrobial peptides, and aetiology of development of keratitis.
Dr Jingjing You
My research area focused on corneal bioengineering, bioink development and investigations on etiology of corneal diseases. Our research has identified key pathways involved in keratoconus, two novel bioink for corneal wound healing and a medical device for treating corneal ulceration and perforation. Our research team is continually working on finding the causes of corneal diseases, developing novel interventions to prevent and treat blindness.
I am based at Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney. I am also the co-founder of Australia Corneal Bioengineering Working Group; member of the University of Wollongong 3D printing work shop, and working committee member of ANZ Human Eye Cell Atlas Consortium.
Dr Louise Wiles
Dr Louise Wiles is a Research Fellow whose work focuses on the provision of safe and appropriate healthcare, and exploring novel ways (such as e-health) to implement health initiatives. Louise graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours 1) from the University of South Australia in 2000, after which she worked clinically as a physiotherapist for over 10 years in both public and private sectors. In 2013, Louise completed her PhD which used bibliometric and interview methods to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the evidence-base underpinning research published in a range of nursing and allied health professional journals in Australia. Continuing her work around quality and evidence-based practice in healthcare, Louise’s work on the recently concluded CareTrack Kids project (NHMRC Partnership Grant APP 1065898) saw the development, testing, evaluation and analysis of over 450 quality indicators that were applied in a large-scale medical record audit of nearly 7000 Australian children. Louise was Project Manager for a study (“STANDING Collaboration”) within the NHMRC Program Grant Creating safe, effective systems of care: The translational challenge (APP1054146), which explored stakeholder perspectives on clinical practice guidelines through qualitative interviews, pilot tested a new method for developing clinical practice guidelines, and evaluated the process using multimethod analyses. Her current projects include CareTrack Aged (NHMRC Project Grant APP1143223) which will assess the appropriateness of residents’ care and their quality of life in Australian residential aged care facilities, and the development and pilot testing of an e-health self-management intervention for people recovering from breast cancer with ongoing pain.
Dr Monica Jong
Monica Jong is a Senior Research Fellow at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and a Visiting Fellow of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, UNSW Australia. She is also the Executive Manager of the International Myopia Institute and the Secretary of the Refractive Error Working Group in the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Monica has worked in optical and pharmacologic clinical trials at BHVI to slow the progress of myopia and has been working to understand natural progression of high myopia in the ZOC-BHVI high myopia registry in China, a long-term study following 1000 individuals with high myopia.
Monica supervises graduate students and has co-authored a number of scientific papers, and also co-developed and presented the first global online interactive myopia management course aimed at practitioners. Her work also extends to the advocacy of myopia as a public health issue and was the Scientific Secretary of the Joint WHO – BHVI meeting on “The impact of myopia and high myopia” and co-authored the accompanying WHO report.
Doctor Jong received her optometry degree and PhD from the University of Melbourne. She was also the recipient of the David and Sandra Smith Fellowship which allowed her to pursue her postdoctoral studies in retinal blood flow imaging in Type 2 diabetes at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto.
Srinivas Marmamula received his initial optometry training at L V Prasad Eye Institute and then completed his Masters in Community Eye Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, with a joint sponsorship from the Department for International Development (DFID - UK), British Council for Prevention of Blindness (Boulter Award), and LVPEI. In 2011, he completed his PhD from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney with support from Vision CRC, Australia. Dr Marmamula undertook his post-doctoral research fellowship (2012-2013) with Dr David Friedman at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. He was the Chief Optometrist for LVPEI’s landmark studies, Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (APEDS, 1996 – 2000), and Refractive Error Study in Children (2000) supported by the National Eye Institute and World Health Organization. Currently he is a co-investigator for the follow-up of Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (APEDS III). He is also the faculty for the Master in Community Eye Health course offered at GPR ICARE, and for the BS Optometry course offered at Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry.
Dr Marmamula is the recipient of the prestigious Wellcome trust / DBT India Alliance Early career Fellowship (2015), for a research project on visual impairment in elderly populations. He has also received many international travel grants and has participated as faculty in many workshops in India and abroad. He has over 50 publications to his credit in peer reviewed journals. His areas of interest include: epidemiology of visual impairment, refractive errors, presbyopia and training personnel for community eye care, eye health in elderly and vulnerable populations.
Dr Waleed Alghamdi is an Optometrist, Assistant professor and Head of the optometry department at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Dr Alghamdi completed his undergraduate optometry training at King Saudi University, Riyadh before he pursed his Masters and PhD in optometry at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney. His research interests mainly focus on dry eye disease and associated changes on ocular surface, tear film and adnexa, particularly with contact lens wear.
Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg is Head, Myopia Program and Head, Intellectual Property Manager at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Conjoint Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, Sydney, Australia.
She was awarded her B.Opt degree from the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, India in 1989, PhD in 1999 from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Masters in Intellectual Property in 2012 from University of Technology, Australia. Professor Sankaridurg has been researching myopia for over a decade and her interests are strategies to slow myopia as well as refractive error development. Professor Sankaridurg participated as an expert at the WHO-BHVI global meeting of myopia, 2015 and is an advisory board member and also a member of the Interventions and Harmonisation Committee, International Myopia Institute. Vision Monday named her as one of the “Women of Influence in Optical Industry Innovator section” for 2018. Professor Sankaridurg has over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals, is a co-inventor on many patents/applications, has authored several book chapters, supervised MSc and PhD students to completion and has delivered many podium presentations at national and international meetings. Her research interests include myopia onset and progression, strategies to control myopia and economic burden of myopia.
Conjoint Associate Professor
Associate Professor Andrew White B.Med.Sci(Hons) MBBS PhD FRANZCO is a clinician scientist ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital. His subspecialty interest is glaucoma. He was awarded First Class Honours in Medical Science in 1995 and a combined MBBS/PhD degree in 2002 from the University of Sydney. He also undertook research work at the Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany and the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of Cambridge. He is a consultant ophthalmologist and Head of Department at Westmead Hospital in Sydney as well as private practice. He has research affiliations with the University of Sydney at both the Save Sight Institute and Westmead Institute for Medical Research where he runs a laboratory developing new treatments for glaucoma.
Anthony Chapman-Davies, a third generation optometrist, graduated BOptom UNSW Sydney with first class honours in 1979, completed his MOptom in 1981 and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2011.
Anthony works in the Sydney practice founded by his grandfather in 1927 and practised with his father until his decease. He has been a visiting clinician and lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science UNSW Sydney since 1981, culminating in his appointment as Conjoint Associate Professor in 2013 until present.
In 1998 he was awarded the Josef Lederer Award for Excellence in Clinical Optometry by the Optometry Australia NSW Division.
Associate Professor Judith Flanagan obtained her BSc (Hons) from Sydney University majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry. She then worked in California as part of the International Human Genome Project that delivered the first complete human genome. Returning to Sydney, Judith completed her PhD at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research focussing on the molecular biology of human steroid receptors, and took up a Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley where she fell in love with environmental microbiology. Following on from her Postdoc, Judith took up an Assistant Professorship at the University of California, San Francisco where she was able to combine her research experience of both human medical research and environmental research in modelling the ecosystems of human disease.
In 2007 she returned to Sydney to take up the position of Scientific Writer for the Brien Holden Vision Institute Ltd. and in 2015 she moved back into research, heading up the Ocular Comfort Program.
Judith is currently Director of Ocular Therapeutics within the Brien Holden Vision Institute Ltd. She has published over 45 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, and numerous trade journal articles. Judith also has a Diploma in Science Education and is a certified editor through the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS).
Dr Ehrmann is one of the co-founders of nthalmic technologies, a start up company based in Sydney that conducts research and product development in the field of vision correction. As the Director of Technology at nthamic, he is responsible for all technical aspects of R&D, including instrumentation, metrology and implementation of novel optical designs. He also holds a visiting appointment at the University of New South Wales through the School of Optometry and Vision Science. His professional qualifications include a BEng awarded from the Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Germany (1986); an MSc in Machine Design from the Cranfield University, UK (1988) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales (1997).
He has held engineering R&D positions in the USA, Israel, Germany, Australia and the UK. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales for his Doctoral degree, he worked for several years for the National Physical Measurement Laboratory in Germany. In his most recent position at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney, Australia, Dr Ehrmann had been responsible for instrument development and metrology for more than 20 years. He has received numerous awards for his innovative ideas, has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and holds a number of contact lens and instrumentation related patents. His interests concentrate on developing innovative methods and products for vision correction devices, including contact lenses and spectacles, as well as vision related measurements. Dr Ehrmann regularly presents at international conferences and has been invited to speak on topics of translational research, myopia and optical metrology. Through is extensive network within the ophthalmic industry, he remains committed to commercialise novel vision correction devices for the benefit of those in need.
Thomas started his career at the LV Prasad Eye Institute as a biostatistician. After moving to Australia, he completed his PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in 2003. His research was on the statistical modelling of corneal infiltrative events associated with contact lens wear. Currently at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, his work focusses on statistical modelling of ocular events, ocular comfort and myopia progression. He has contributed significantly to design and analysis of large population based studies such as Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease study, National contact lens penetrance study in Australia and NZ, several myopia progression trials in China and cross sectional surveys in south-east Asia. He is currently co-investigator of myopia multi-ethnic study. He has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the ocular and contact lens field. Beyond statistical analysis, he designed and managed the development of a comprehensive data management system for optometry research, which is currently used in Australia, China, Vietnam and India.
Conjoint Senior Lecturer
Dr Daniel Cui
Dr Daniel Yu Cui received his MBBS in China from School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, Wenzhou Medical University. He continued his ophthalmic residency at Xinhua Hospital, Jiaotong University, Shanghai, specializing in pediatric ophthalmology.
In 2002, Dr Cui joined the Faculty of Pacific University College of Optometry (PUCO), Oregon, USA, as a Teaching Fellow. In 2004, Dr Cui accepted Adjunct Assistant Professor and obtained his MScin Clinical Optometry from the PUCO. Since 2008, Dr. Cui joined International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) for consulting Essilor Varilux Academy and other optometry development programs in Asia. In 2010, Dr Cui involved in establishing Brien Holden Vision Institute in China and worked as the Director of Education. Dr Cui was awarded his PhD in 2012 at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, where he conducted innovative research into evaluating the vision‐related quality of life in children with intellectual disabilities. Since 2015, Dr Cui has accepted an executive position in Xuyong Eye Hospital Group, the leading centre for eye disease treatment and blindness prevention in north-western China, in addition to the Head of Optometric Development and Research Centre in Ordos, China.
As a researcher and educator, Dr Cui involves intensively in optometry development in East Asia and his research findings have been published in several peer reviewed journals. His current research areas include epidemiology studies in myopia control and outcome researches in children’s vision.
Dr Jennifer Long
Dr Jennifer Long is a visiting staff member at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, with expertise in occupational optometry and visual ergonomics. She has three degrees from UNSW: Bachelor of Optometry and Vision Science (Hons) (1988), Master of Safety Science (2000) and PhD (2013), and has been affiliated with the School of Optometry and Vision Science since 1995 in various clinical, teaching and professional services roles.
Jennifer works within industry as a visual ergonomics consultant. She also serves on the Standards Australia SF006 Eye and Face Protection committee, the International Ergonomics Association Visual Ergonomics Technical Committee Executive, is Vice President of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) (Australia), and is an editorial board member of WORK: A journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation.
Dr Ravi Bakaraju
Dr Ravi C Bakaraju is the founder and chairman of nthalmic technologies. Previously, Dr Bakaraju held senior executive roles at Brien Holden as Head of R&D, where he oversaw all the translational research projects and innovation activities.
Dr Bakaraju is a lead inventor on numerous granted patents and patent applications around novel designs and concepts spanning myopia-control technology, presbyopia, astigmatism and other innovative vision correction platforms. The Research and Development team led by Dr Bakaraju developed innovative vision correction products that have translated into multiple commercial licences for his previous employer.
Dr Bakaraju co-authored 40+ peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and 65+ scientific abstracts. He regularly presents at national and international venues. He is a fellow of AAO, a member of ARVO, SPIE, BCLA and ISCLR. Through his visiting appointment as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW, he supervises four PhD candidates. He serves as an anonymous reviewer for numerous journals.
Dr Bakaraju received numerous awards for his accomplishments; which include the notable AOF’s William Ezell Fellowship in 2009; runner-up for 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science in 2014; the prestigious Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish outstanding young scientist award from AAO in 2015; and a distinguished certificate of recognition for outstanding achievements by LVPEI Alumnus in 2016.
Dr Bakaraju was educated at BITS-Pilani (through L.V. Prasad Eye Institute) graduating with a Bachelor’s in Optometry and Vision Sciences (2006). He later earned a PhD from UNSW in 2010. Following which, he served at Brien Holden, in numerous roles from 2010 to 2019.
Dr Simon Chen
Dr Simon Chen is an Ophthalmologist with expertise in retinal and cataract surgery. He practices at Vision Eye Institute, Sydney, and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales.
He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of London, then trained in Ophthalmology at the teaching hospitals of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, UK and completed Vitreoretinal Surgery fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital and Lions Eye Institute, Australia.
Dr Chen has been a principal investigator for numerous international clinical trials of novel treatments for retinal disease. He has over 35 publications in peer-reviewed international medical journals and over 30 articles in the non-peer reviewed medical literature covering various aspects of retinal disease and cataract surgery. He is an expert in modern treatments for age related macular degeneration, sutureless retinal surgery, complex cataract surgery and was the first surgeon in the world to perform combined laser cataract surgery and vitreoretinal surgery.
Dr Anthea Burnett has over 10 years’ experience leading international eye health research projects. She has developed and led collaborative research projects in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Fiji, Colombia, Malawi and Australia. These projects have investigated equity in eye care, child eye health, the quality of eye health services, affordability of eye health services or the epidemiology of vision impairment. Her research focus is on the synthesis of evidence for researchers, advocacy efforts, service providers and policy makers. Anthea completed her PhD in 2010, which developed and conducted a project that investigated the impact of vision impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Mr Darrin Falk
Darrin is a Biomedical Engineer who has worked in vision R&D since 2000. Currently he is working as a Senior Technology Associate at nthalmic technologies, a Sydney based R&D start-up aiming to deliver new products and solutions to the broader ophthalmic industry. His role is in engineering design, development and implementation.
He has over 15 years of experience developing software, incorporating wavefront optics, vision testing, optical design, image analysis, database design and integration into his software. Darrin is experienced in mechanical and electronic design including embedded software. He has worked in the research areas of myopia, accommodation, contact lens discomfort and optical performance.
Darrin completed a Master of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW. Prior to working with nthalmic, Darrin has worked as a Senior Technical Officer at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and as an Avionics Engineer at Qantas Airways.
Dr Nina Tahhan
Dr Nina Tahhan is an Optometrist (PhD, MPH, B.Optom) and Conjoint Lecturer at UNSW with a broad range of professional experience including; public health and epidemiological research, health economic research, development and delivery of eye care educational programs and clinical supervision, scientific writing, professional marketing with industry, clinical research management in contact lenses including Orthokeratology research. Nina also has a history of delivering optometry services and eye care education in disadvantaged communities around Australia and in developing countries including; Sri Lanka, Mongolia, India and Aboriginal communities in the Kimberly, Arnhem land, the Tiwi islands and in remote areas of NSW with the Royal Flying Doctor service. Nina has presented and published research findings at numerous international and domestic conferences and in peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journals.
Conjoint Associate Lecturer
Dr Fabian Conrad
Dr Fabian Conrad has extensive experience in the areas of ophthalmic technology development and myopia research. His broad expertise ranges from lens design, visual optics and development of instrumentation to advanced data mining and visualisation tools. He is also an IT solutions enthusiast for business optimisation. Fabian has previously worked with leading industry partners in technology development and data analysis projects, as well as the translation of technology from established prototypes to manufacturable products. Fabian is a co-founder and the Director of Operations at nthalmic technologies, a Sydney based R&D company in the area of optics, optometry, vision science and ophthalmic technology.
Dr Ling Lee
Ling Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) in 2008 and PhD in 2016 from the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include public health optometry, epidemiology, knowledge translation and has expertise in ocular surface disease.
She has contributed to UNSW as a visiting teaching fellow, clinical supervisor and research supervisor to 5th year undergraduate optometry students. She has been a Research Officer at the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and is currently an Evaluation Officer at the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her current role involves evaluating service design and workforce development for clinical genetic services. She also continues to work in optometry practice at the Australian College of Optometry serving lower socioeconomic communities and providing clinical supervision to optometry students.
Dr. Murray Fingeret is Chief of the Optometry Section, Brooklyn/St. Albans Campus, Department of Veterans Administration New York Harbor Health Care System. Dr. Fingeret is a Clinical Professor at the State University of New York, College of Optometry and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Fingeret was induced into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2019 and sits on the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation. He is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the American Optometric Association, and the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Fingeret is a founding member and past-president of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and currently the president of the Optometric Glaucoma Foundation.
He is the recipient of the 2013 Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award from the American Academy of Optometry, 2008 Distinguished Service Award Optometric Glaucoma Society, 2005 Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal from the American Academy of Optometry, 1999 AMSUS Federal Service Optometrist of the Year award and 1996 Otsuka Glaucoma Educators Award from the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Fingeret sits on the annual meeting program committee, Glaucoma Section, Association in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the editorial boards for the Journal of Glaucoma, International Glaucoma Review, Glaucoma Today, Primary Care Optometry News, Optometry Times and Review of Optometry and has authored numerous articles and co-authored the texts "Atlas of Primary Eyecare Procedures" and "Primary Care of the Glaucomas".
Peter A. Simmons, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is also an independent research consultant within the field of Ocular Surface Disease. He recently retired from Allergan, where he held the post of Executive Director of Clinical Development within the Research and Development organization, leading research groups to develop and test new dry eye treatments. Dr. Simmons was at Allergan from 2000 to 2017, and is an inventor of multiple patents, and the author of more than 40 research articles. Prior to Allergan, he was a Professor at the Southern California College Optometry (Fullerton, California USA), and has also been a Visiting Professor at the Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.). Dr. Simmons received his Ph.D. in Physiology from Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) in 1980, and completed post-doctoral training at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri, USA).
Bob Augusteyn graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from Queensland University in 1969 and spent three years at the Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University in New York where he developed his interest in vision science. He then joined the Biochemistry Department at the University of Melbourne and initiated a comprehensive programme of research into cataract formation and lens biochemistry.
In 1991 he became Director of the National Vision Research Institute where he continued with lens research and also introduced new programmes concerned with the retina. After 11 years he ‘retired’ to return to hands-on laboratory work.
He was part of the team, led by Brien Holden, which established the highly successful Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology (CRCERT) and the Vision CRC continuations at the UNSW. He contributed to studies on accommodation and presbyopia and to the training of postgraduate students. He remains an active member of the research team, now within the Brien Holden Vision Institute.
Bob is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW and a Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami, USA. He has now been involved in vision science for over 50 years.
He has been recipient of many honours and prizes, most notably the prestigious Kinoshita Lectureship (National Foundation for Eye Research, USA) and the Subramanian Oration (Indian Eye Research Group.
In 2019, Professor Augusteyn was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Vision Science.
Dr. Zheng Qin Yin is currently the Professor and Director of Southwest Eye Hospital, Third Military Medical University（Army Medical University）, Chongqing, China. She is the Vice-President of the eleventh Chinese Ophthalmology Society. Chair of Chinese Visual Physiology and Visual Science committee in Chinese Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Zheng Qin Yin is Chief investigator of National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program). She has got 22 national patents and published 307 academic papers including 138 papers in SCI peer-reviewed international journals, chief-edited or edited 11 academic books in Chinese or English. She supervised 36 PhD and 41 masters. Her clinical major are Medical Retina and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Her research is focused on: 1. Basic and clinical research in retinal degeneration diseases, 2. Mechanism of plasticity in vision development, and clinical basic research of pediatric eye diseases. Her lab got internationally recognized for achievement in neuro-blindness eye diseases, especially in retinal degeneration diseases, in which she led cell therapy study including retinal progenitor cells, bone-marrow stem cells, Olfactory ensheathing cells etc.
The clinical trial of retinal progenitor cells for Retinitis Pigmentosa and hESC-RPE for wet-Age Related Macular Degeneration stands at the leading edge in the world.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Carol obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney in 1971, and after a 5 year Post-Doctoral period in Microbiology she built a research and teaching career in the Medical Sciences. She has always been interested in the applied aspects of her scientific research, interspersing periods in Academia with some in Industry, including a small Australian start-up company in Diagnostics. In 1992, through a chance meeting with Brien Holden, she began to focus her attention on the biology of the anterior eye, and contact lenses. Carol has worked in R & D for two contact lens companies in the US, Cibavision (6 years) and more recently CooperVision (7 years), where she has contributed to areas of contact lens comfort, biocompatibility of materials and additives and the minimization of adverse events. She is best known for her scientific contributions on the composition of tears; in health, in various physiological states and in disease. During her career Carol has published over 40 research papers, two book chapters, successfully supervised 18 post-graduate students, given a number of invited presentations at Research Symposia, and is a named inventor on several issued patents and patent applications. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Nutrition Research, and a frequent reviewer for IOVS, Eye and Contact Lens and Optometry and Vision Science.
Craig has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Australia and Asia, previously holding senior positions at Allergan (Director Sales and Marketing) and Bausch & Lomb (Managing Director and VP Commercial Operations, Asia-Pacific). Craig is also a seasoned operator in a public company environment having served as CEO and Managing Director at Vision Group Holdings Ltd, a former ASX listed company (now privately held). Craig joined Device Technologies in 2014 and is the Executive General Manager responsible for the ophthalmic business units including medical devices and capital equipment, Healthcorp a leading RTO, and technical services and support shared service. Craig also sits on the School of Optometry and Vision Science Visiting Committee and is also on the Board of the Medical Technology Association of Australia.
Adjunct Associate Professor John Pyne graduated from UNSW with BOptom (Hon 1) then completed a MBBS from the University of Sydney. He was later conferred a Master of Medicine degree (Skin Cancer) from the University of Queensland (UQ). He then completed his PhD at UQ on the correlations between the dermoscopy and histopathology of basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Adjunct Associate Professor Pyne is also a Fellow and past President of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. His main professional focus is on the optical imaging and diagnosis of early skin cancer.
Phil Anderton has been interested in eyes, optics and vision since childhood. This interest was augmented by his first experience at an optometrist in 1964, aged 14, where he was fascinated and converted by personally experiencing the clinical tests used by optometrists to measure vision and optical refraction. He decided to become an optometrist when he put on his first spectacles for myopia and saw the World clearly for the first time. He graduated in Optometry in 1970, completed MSc and PhD degrees and was appointed to the UNSW Optometry staff in 1978. He has published research in the areas of visual ergonomics, retinal physiology and pharmacology, tearfilm rheology and biochemistry, and the socioeconomics of rural healthcare access in Australia. He has served in various capacities advising State and Federal Governments on the Optometry profession, Glaucoma and Rural Eye and Vision Care. He was a foundation member of the Board of the CRC for Eye Rerearch and Technology where he developed an innovative system of postgraduate review. He was responsible for introducing postgraduate education in Ocular Therapeutic prescribing in UNSW Optometry in the 1990s.
Associate Professor Shi Ying Li is the Vice-Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Chair Assistant of Southwest Eye Hospital (SEH), and Head of the Stem Cell Group II (vitrectomy and retina disease). Dr Li completed a visual electrophysiology fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London supervised by Professor Graham Holder and Dr Anthony Robson between 2012-2013, supported by the laboratory visiting grant of International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV). Now he serves as the Chair of Visual Physiology Committee in the Chinese Ophthalmology Society (COS), and member at large of ISCEV. Dr Li has been a Principal Investigator for many national grants and international clinical trials about retinal diseases. Dr Li has published more than 50 papers in international and Chinese peer review journals and was involved in the edition of five books. He received the Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award at the XLVIIIth ISCEV Symposium in 2010. Dr Li’s research interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of retinal degeneration diseases (retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, and stargardts’ disease) with combination of retinal imaging and function by visual electrophysiology, as well as stem cells therapy and optogenetics therapy.
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Mr Anthony Simon
ANTHONY V. SIMON ADJUNCT SENIOR LECTURER SOVS
Tony Simon completed his B.Optometry degree at University of NSW in 1969
In 1973 he attained a B.Science at Australian National University majoring in Psychology.
Having moved to London he studied ocular therapeutics, registered with the NHS and practised as a locum optometrist.
Tony returned to Sydney in 1974 and subsequently established four independent practices on Sydney’s north shore.
1969 – 2015: Full time clinical practitioner
1977 – 1978: Honorary Clinical Preceptor UNSW
1987 – 2009: Foundation member of the Australian Optometric Panel, a professional discussion group and consultancy to the optical industry.
2009: Safilo (Italy) acquires AV Simon Optometry group of practices
2011 – present: Adjunct Senior Lecturer UNSW SOVS
New course designed and presented to year 5 students:
“Establishing and Managing an Optometric Practice”
The course objective is to educate students in understanding business management principles in their chosen profession.
Ms Donna La Hood
Donna La Hood graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia in 1983. Since then she has worked at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit (University of NSW), the Institute for Eye Research, the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology, the Vision Cooperative Research Centre, the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of NSW.
Her past research interests included contact lens design, fitting, comfort and parameter evaluation, the corneal edema response and assessment of new lens materials. Donna has also taken an interest in commercialisation of medical devices including regulatory compliance, becoming an internal auditor for ISO13485 certified institutions.
Donna has also been an educator in many undergraduate, post graduate and continuing education (practitioner) programs domestically and internationally for over 30 years. She has a keen interest in both ‘face-to-face’ and online program development and presentation, including development of innovative educational materials for all program platforms.
She is currently a Project Coordinator at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney
Grant Hannaford is a qualified optical dispenser and lens designer. He graduated with a BSc with a major in physics and pure mathematics, spectacle lens design with honours from ADBO (UK) as well as a BA (Hons) from the University of New England. He has an interest in geometric optics, mathematics and photonics. Currently he is investigating progressive lens adaptation and prevention of lens wear related injuries. Grant has regularly contributed to industry conferences and publications and provided technical oversight on the most recent editions of industry dispensing texts.
Grant is a Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and ADOA. He is the past Chairman of the NSW Optical Dispensers Education Trust and the current Vice President of ADOA (NSW) and recent appointee to the Australian Standards Committee for Spectacles.
Since 2006 Grant has been the Coordinator of the Rotary Eye Projects in Nepal and Mongolia. He works closely with Reiyukai Eye Hospital, Nepal and Ulaangom Hospital, Mongolia. Grant has been involved annually since 2014 as a speaker for the Blue Sky Congress, a continuing education event for optometrists and optical dispensers in South Australia.
He has been awarded as a Paul Harris Fellow and is formally recognised by the Australian government for his aid work in Mongolia and Nepal.
Dr Jim Kokkinakis graduated in 1983 from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of NSW. He is primarily a clinician with special interests in customisation of contact lenses for corneal disease and myopia control. Other interests include dry eye disease, ocular therapeutics, computer vision syndrome and customisation of complex prescription spectacles. He is the optometric director of The Eye Practice in Sydney’s CBD.
Jim started part-time clinical supervision at the School of Optometry UNSW in 1990, which evolved into lecturing at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2011 he was appointed an Adjunct Senior Lecturer.
Between 1996 and 2002 he was a part-time Clinical & Liaison Optometrist for The Eye Institute responsible for its optometric education program in ocular disease and refractive surgery. He also had constant exposure to ocular therapeutics in the clinical setting and fitting contact lenses to complex corneal conditions.
Dr Kokkinakis has been a regular presenter both nationally and internationally to optometrists, ophthalmologists, general practitioners and pharmacists since 1998 and is currently an active member of The International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, The American Academy of Optometry, Optometry Australia, The Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia, The Tear Film & Ocular Society of Australia and The International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals.
Dr Lewis Williams is the International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ (IACLE’s) Director of Educational Development. Lewis is part of a small team responsible for the creation, development, and production of educational materials as well as IACLE’s Fellowship Examination, currently, the only accreditation system for contact lens educators worldwide. He has been part of the IACLE team for almost 25 years.
Lewis’ professional interests include contact lenses, optics, general and clinical photography, and the role of technology in education. He graduated in optometry from the Queensland Institute of Technology and holds Master of Optometry and PhD degrees from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has been involved in contact lens education for more than 40 years and spent some nine years in the Australian and New Zealand contact lens industries in various roles before joining IACLE. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science.
Dr Luigi Bilotto
Luigi Bilotto is Director of Education at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, and holds academic appointments at the Schools of Optometry of the University of New South Wales, the University of Montreal and Salus University. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Montreal (1990) after which he ventured into private practice serving both urban and remote populations, before pursuing a Primary Eye Care Residency at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. In 1994 he was appointed to develop a new optometry program in The Netherlands, where he contributed to the advancement and recognition of the profession in the country, for which he was awarded a lifetime Honorable Membership of the Dutch Optometric Association. In his current role, he oversees the establishment of essential human capacity building systems that will deliver optometric services in the emergent context including development of optometry education and aid in the eradication of avoidable visual impairment. For his efforts in this area, Luigi received the Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contribution to Optometry by the American Academy of Optometry in 2017.
Ms Margaret Lam
Margaret Lam graduated from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of New South Wales in 2001. She started theeyecarecompany in 2005, her practices are across Sydney and Sydney CBD, and her focus is on all aspects of patient eyecare, with a particular focus on specialty contact lenses.
She has extensive experience in specialty contact lens fitting including keratoconus, orthokeratology, and all types of corneal ectasia has been a past recipient of the Neville Fulthorpe Award for Clinical Excellence.
Margaret works in an independent optometry practice and enjoys her work mentoring and teaching optometry students in all aspects of optometric practice and specialty contact lens fitting.
Margaret is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer that teaches students in the Undergraduate as well as the Postgraduate Masters degree in Advanced Contact Lenses for the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales.
Margaret has also worked in several advisory roles with leading contact lens companies, and writes for the optometry journal mivision and has published articles in Australian Optometry.
Margaret’s practices joined George and Matilda Eyecare in 2017, a network of independent optometry practices and since then, has been working as the Head of Professional Services for George and Matilda Eyecare.
She also currently serves as the National President of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia for NSW, the Optometry Board of Councilors in Optometry Australia for NSW/ACT division.
Dr Martin Bucknall is Principal Scientist at the Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney. His area of expertise is chromatography and mass spectrometry applied to the detection and quantification of small molecules in biological matrices. He holds a PhD from UNSW (Physiology and Pharmacology, 2007) and a BSc (Physics, 1987) from the University of Manchester (UK). Martin is a Chartered Chemist (MRACI CChem) and author of three book chapters, a patent, 39 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 19 conference papers. Specific projects within our School include development of strategies for the measurement of trace reproductive steroid hormone levels in limited-volume ocular matrices and detection of lipopolysaccharide contamination of contact lenses. Martin also engages in commercial / legal / forensic analytical work and consulting.
Dr Paul Gifford
Paul Gifford was awarded his PhD in 2009 from the Research in Orthokeratology (ROK) group, UNSW for his research investigating novel applications of orthokeratology contact lenses to temporarily mold corneal shape to correct vision. He then completed a post-doctorate with the same group to investigate correction of presbyopia using orthokeratology. Paul’s primary research interest is the visual optics of orthokeratology, particularly in relation to the correction of hyperopia and presbyopia, and use in myopia control. He currently divides his time between continued research with the Research in Orthokeratology group at UNSW, practice based research and consulting to industry on all aspects of contact lens design.
Vicki has more than 20 years' experience working at the intersection of management, clinical, health, R&D and academic settings. Vicki is a qualified optometrist and has successfully led high performing teams in clinical research and corporate pharma environments across Australian and international markets. Vicki has working in leading-edge R&D in a medical research institute to commercialise medical devices under the CRC program with Australian and international partners. She has contributed to the curriculum and infrastructure launch of new optometry degree programs in Australian Universities. Her background includes management, clinical practice combined with applied research and development, global pharma sales and marketing, major project management and not-for-profit board work.
Dr Cecilia Chao
Dr Cecilia Chao is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney and is currently conducting her post-doctoral work at Tufts Medical Center in Boston USA. She was previously trained as a translational post-doctoral fellow in the State University of New York, College of Optometry with Associate Professor Kathryn Richdale.
Dr Chao's current research in Professor Pedram Hamrah’s lab in Boston focuses on corneal and lacrimal gland conventional dendritic cells morphology and kinetic properties in vivo after environmental dry eye exposure using multi-photon microscopy. She is also investigating the selective blockade of chemokine receptors and/or integrins from HSV-1 primed CD4 T cells on their homing to the cornea, which will lead to the development of the treatment for HSV-1 keratitis. Her other research expertise includes contact lens induced sub-clinical inflammatory responses on the ocular surface, post-LASIK induced neuropathic dry eye, corneal subbasal nerve regeneration and its association with corneal dendritic cells and tear neuropeptides.
Dr Chao currently co-supervises research projects of PhD students in the fields of corneal antigen-presenting cell using in vivo confocal microscopy and tear cytokines during contact lens wear at UNSW in order to enhance the student experience and maximise learning whilst conducting their research.
Dr Edward Lum
Having completed both a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and a Bachelor of Industrial Design (Hons), Dr Lum was awarded his PhD at UNSW in 2014 investigating changes in corneal innervation during orthokeratology lens wear. Dr Lum is a highly experienced optometrist, having worked in a number of private practices before commencing his postgraduate degree. He is also an experienced researcher, having worked at the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology (CRCERT) and the Research in Orthokeratology (ROK) Group at UNSW SOVS. He is committed to education, and has held previous positions as a Visiting Clinical Supervisor, Guest Lecturer, Teaching Fellow, and Lecturer in Optical Instruments at UNSW.
Dr Lum’s past awards include the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Orthokeratology Society of Oceania research scholarship, Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia research award, William C Ezell Fellowship, and the Endeavour Research Fellowship where he undertook a position at the University of Waterloo, Canada as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow working on the design of novel techniques and instrumentation for assessing corneal sensitivity. He has authored papers on topics such as soft toric contact lens performance, soft contact lens packaging solutions, instrumentation for measuring BVP on soft contact lenses, tear meniscus radius measurements, the influence of Dk/t on orthokeratology, and corneal sensitivity and nerve changes during orthokeratology.
Dr Emma Gibson
Dr Emma Gibson is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science and is a Senior Lecturer in Optometry at the University of the West of England UK.
Dr Gibson worked as a PhD candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales for almost four years where her research focussed on the effects of sex hormones, namely oestrogens and androgens, on the ocular surface and dry eye disease. Emma completed her PhD in December 2018, with Professor Fiona Stapleton and Dr Blanka Golebiowski. Her PhD work included collaborations with Dr Rachel Dear and Associate Professor Elgene Lim at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre Sydney, where they conducted a clinical study looking at the ocular surface effects of aromatase inhibitors (a breast cancer treatment). A large portion of Emma’s research also involved collaborations with the Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility at UNSW Sydney, with Dr Martin Bucknall, developing methods to measure low concentrations of sex hormones in small sample volumes, such as tears. During her four years at the UNSW, Emma played an active role in the Optometry Clinic, as a dispensing Optometrist and supervising students. She was also involved with teaching many of the undergraduate students in their practical classes across the course.
Emma completed her Bachelor degree in Optometry at Aston University England in 2012, followed by several years of work in Optometry practice in the UK before embarking on her PhD in Sydney. At The University of the West of England Dr Gibson is the Module Lead for the second year Contact lens and Anterior Eye Module in the undergraduate Optometry Programme and is also involved with teaching Binocular Vision. Emma’s research interests include meibomian gland disease, effects of sex hormones on the ocular surface, dry eye, mass spectrometry and ocular effects of breast cancer treatments.
Dr Kirsten Challinor was awarded a PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University in the area of Vision Science. She has conducted post-doctoral research projects in the Neuroscience Research Group, Aston University, UK, and also in the Psychology Department at University of Sussex, UK, investigating how humans perceive motion, and how the brain processes the information it receives from the eye.
From 2011 to 2016, Kirsten worked at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, teaching visual perception, psychology, statistics, evidence-based practice and research methods. She managed a blended learning project in Medicine- improving supervisor training: clinsupervisor.com including the adaptation of this content for Optometry Supervisors: clinsupervisor.com/optometry. Dr Challinor was a manager for a project improving the use of evidence-based practice in Optometry. See www.eboptometry.com.
Currently Kirsten conducts research and teaches at the Australian Catholic University at the Strathfield Campus in Sydney, Australia.
Her research programme includes:
- Vision Science Projects: which seek to further describe and understand the neural mechanisms by which we perceive our world.
- Education Projects: that aim to increase skills and knowledge in evidence based areas using innovative learning and teaching methods for statistics and research methods.
Her teaching covers the areas of Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience. In 2019 Dr Challinor supervises 3 Honours, 3 Masters and 1 PhD student across UNSW and ACU. For more information see https://www.kirstenchallinor.com/
Adjunct Associate Lecturer
Ms Asha Mettla
Asha Latha Mettla graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani: MPhil (2016), MSc (1999), BSc 1995. She is currently an Associate Director and Heads the Operations Component of the Public Health component of L V Prasad Eye Institute. She is a member of the Project Management Institute, India and an active team member of the Children Eye Health Initiative Program of L V Prasad Eye Institute. She is directly involved in managing this program along with core team which covers screening a million children.
Ms Layal Naji
Layal Naji graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2014. Her honours research project studied the access to eye care of asylum seekers in NSW. From this stemmed her involvement in the pro-bono outreach eye clinic at the Newtown Asylum Seeker Centre, which she now co-directs, and has received acknowledgement from the Governor General David Hurley for at Government House in 2018. She has previously practised Low Vision optometry with UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) and Guide Dogs, and is presently dividing her time as locum nation-wide, primary care 5th year optometry supervisor at UNSW, and writing Optometry articles for NZ Optics and Mivision. Her areas of interest in Optometry are public health, neuro-optometry, and binocular vision.
Charles W McMonnies graduated from the University of New South Wales: BSc (1966), MSc (1970), DSc 2015. He conducted an optometric practice in Sydney (1966-2007) with special interests in contact lenses, dry eye syndromes and children’s vision. He is a member of Council for the International Society of Contact Lens Research and a member, past-president and a Fellow of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia. He is a life member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand.
He is a Board of Management member for the Optometric Vision Research Foundation and a Board member at the Brien Holden Vision Institute.
He was a lecturer, tutor, and clinical supervisor (Bachelor and Master of Optometry degrees School of Optometry and Vision Science, 1969-2000) and is currently an Honorary Professor. He is the author of three books, six text book chapters and 140 scientific and clinical papers.
He has been awarded Fellowship of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia, a UNSW Jubilee Medal, the Joseph Lederer Medal, the Keith Woodland Award and the British Contact Lens Society Medal. His current research interests include keratoconus, ocular surface disease, myopia control and glaucoma.
Professor Jill Keeffe OAM, PhD is a member of the faculty at L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. Jill’s current work involves research, project development and teaching. She also holds a position positions as Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and at the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science. She has worked with organisations in many countries in eye care often with a focus on low vision services,
She currently holds the position of Chair of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness Low Vision Working Group and has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) on many projects on eye care. Jill is a Technical Advisor to Lions Clubs International Foundation’s SightFirst program and the Diabetes Working Group. She recently received the International President’s Award for Leadership related to her work for LCIF on SightFirst and diabetes. She has worked with the World Health Organization in many areas and recently related to GATE and mHealth.
She has received an Order of Australia Medal for services to eye care education and practice.
Honorary Associate Professor
David Pye obtained his Bachelor and Master of Optometry degrees from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of Australia. After graduation he worked in clinical practice, as a Tutor in the then Department of Optometry at UNSW, in research, in contact lens manufacturing and as a clinical supervisor in the Department. In 1983 he became the Clinic Director and Contact Lens Lecturer in the School of Optometry at UNSW and was Clinic Director for over 25 years. He was an optometrist at the Sydney Olympics, has been with the Eye Team to Bourke and been involved in the eyecare of patients with diabetes. He was involved in the establishment of the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) at UNSW and was Deputy Director from 2009 until 2012 when he retired. He has published 50 papers, articles or book chapters, supervised over 80 final year research projects, co-supervised six PhD students, presented at many international and national conferences and is a reviewer for 22 journals. Associate Professor Pye holds a visiting appointment in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW as an Honorary Associate Professor, and lectures in the VISN1221 and contact lens courses, is a clinic supervisor in the Advanced Contact Lens Clinic in the Optometry Clinic, is the Preceptorship Co-ordinator for years 4 and 5 and is the course authority for OPTM7301. His current research areas include the measurement of intraocular pressure, corneal biomechanics, keratoconus, corneal topography, contact lenses and ocular imaging.
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Keith Masnick
Keith Masnick graduated in 1966 with a B. Optom with Honours from the University of New South Wales. In 1966 he carried research into corneal changes under contact lenses while working as the clinical director.During his continued studies (1967-69), he worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital (Haptic Lenses) and Haddasah Hospital in Israel (Facial rehabilitation). Following graduation with a Masters in Optometry in 1970 from UNSW he opened a private practice while working on designing hydrophilic lenses and published a world-first paper on the effects on corneal curvature under hydrophilic lenses. He also co-authored a world-first paper on toric hydrophilic lenses with Professor Brien Holden in 1973 at the same time as he became the second Australian to be awarded the contact lens diploma of the The American Academy of Optometry. From 1974 to 1980 Keith researched and lectured in contact lenses in what became the CCLRU and, in 1980 having completed an MBA in 1976, set up a course in professional development in the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Keith was a councillor of the NSW OAA 91986- 2003) and was made a life member on retirement from the Council. He has been been president of the Contact Lens Society (1975 and 1984), was the founding chair of the Contact Lens Society diploma and was awarded Distinguished Membership of the CCLSA IN 2004. Keith was co-chair of the World Council of Optometry Legislation Committee from 1992 – 2004 and was Chairman of the NSW Optometric Registration Board (1986 - 2003). In 2003 Keith began a doctorate in health workforce planning and modelling in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine while also lecturing at Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok. After completing his Masters of Public Health and his doctorate he lectured in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW, Sydney and the University of Notre Dame. In 2013 he finished a Master of Arts in International Relations and currently works as a consultant with both the Gates Foundation and the Chinese Government’s Workforce Project finished in Central Africa. He has published and consulted in health system modelling.
2014 M.A. UNSW International Relations
2008 P.H.D Clearer vision: a competencies-based multiple entry and exit approach to the remodelling of eye care services in Thailand
2008 M.P.H UNSW
1976 M.B.A UNSW
1971 M. Optom UNSW
1966 B.Optom (hons) UNSW
Professor Barry Collin graduated in optometry from the Australian College of Optometry in 1954. He entered private practice in 1955 and completed a BSc majoring in pathology in 1956. He commenced part-time teaching at the ACO in 1957 and became a full-time Assistant Lecturer there in 1962. He completed his masters (1966) and doctorate degrees (1970) at the University of Melbourne and was promoted to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in the Department of Optometry at the University of Melbourne. Barry Collin was the first optometrist in Australia to commence ‘wet’ research, investigating the response of the cornea to injury, working on mice, rats and rabbits. He was the first optometrist in Victoria to gain the PhD degree and the first in Australia to win a competitive grant from the NH & MRC.
For his research, he was awarded the Shorney Prize in Ophthalmology from the University of Adelaide for the most important three papers published in the field of ophthalmology in 1971; a first by an optometrist. He was also awarded the International Optical League Medal (the forerunner to the World Optometrist of the Year) in 1969, the H Barry Collin Research Medal of the Australian Optometric Association (now Optometry Australia) in 1977 and was granted Honorary Life Membership of both the Australian College of Optometry and the Australian Optometric Association in 1981 for his teaching and research.
In 1982, Barry Collin was appointed Professor of Optometry at the University of New South Wales, where he achieved major advances in restructuring the course to strengthen the ocular disease and ocular pathology components as a prelude to the use of therapeutic drugs and promoting the research capacity of the School of Optometry and Vision Science. The number of peer-reviewed research publications increased from five in 1981 to a peak of 61 in 1986, with a similar increase in abstracts published and competitive research grants. He continued his teaching and research and was awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in 1986 and a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, in 1992. In addition, as a result of his publications in the field of pathology, he was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathology (FRCPath) in London and he is still the only optometrist in the world to have achieved this honour.
Professor Collin resigned from the position of Head on the School of Optometry and Vision Science in 1992 after ten years in the position, retired in 1995 and was granted the title of Emeritus Professor by the University of New South Wales. In 1997, he became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to teaching and research in the field of optometry in Australia and the Asian-pacific Area.
Professor Collin was Editor of Clinical and Experimental Optometry, one of the top three optometric journals in the world from 1993 to 2018.
After retiring, Professor Collin continued to teach at the University of Melbourne (1995-1999), the University of Auckland (1989-1999) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1999-2013) and do some research. He published 3 books, 4 teaching manuals, 4 chapters in books, 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals and gave over 400 presentations at conferences throughout the world.
- Development of colour vision (school age and beyond)
- Clinical examination and psychophysics of colour vision
- Colour metrology
- Eye and face protection
- Visual ergonomics and the visual environment
- Occupational and practical issues of colour vision deficients
- Physical optics and the eye