Professor Willcox visits Spaienza Universita Di Roma

Professor Mark Willcox recently visited Spaienza Universita Di Roma to give a talk and to meet with Professor Marialuisa Mangoni. Professor Mangoni’s research focusses on antimicrobial peptides.

Professors Willcox and Mangoni, along with Dr Dutta from the School, have recently published a paper describing the ability of frog-skin derived peptides, esculentins, to prevent the adhesion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to contact lenses (

SOVS Staff Attend International Colour Vision Society Symposium in Germany

The 24th biennial symposium of the International Colour Vision Society was held in Erlangen, Germany, 18-22 August.  Dr Mei Ying Boon gave a presentation entitled “Age-related changes in chromatic and achromatic contrast sensitivity in young people, as assessed using a tablet computer-based test” by Mei Ying Boon, Lakshmi Bodduluri and Stephen J Dain.

Faculty of Science Summer Vacation Scholarships Available

The Faculty of Science at UNSW is offering a number of highly competitive summer research scholarships to currently enrolled undergraduate students who are planning to continue their studies at postgraduate research level in the future. This scheme will enable students to gain valuable research experience, supervised by our international team of academics at state of the art research facilities at UNSW or through our industrial partners.

Contact Lens Health Week 21-25 August 2017

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, is promoting the fourth annual Contact Lens Health Week from August 21-25, 2017. This year's campaign theme is "healthy habits mean healthy eyes" and focuses on encouraging youth to start healthy habits early, for healthy eyes later.The campaign aims to promote health contact lens wear and care practices that can help reduce the chance of eye infections and injures related to contact lens use.

Myopia Management Online Course Update

The first first global online myopia management course developed by the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), featuring School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) myopia researchers was officially launched in June 2017 to Australian and South African optometrists. The School and BHVI staff appearing in this course include: Dr Pauline Kang, Dr Alex Hui, Dr Isabelle Jalbert, Dr Monica Jong, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg and Mr Daniel Tilia with Visiting Academic, Ms Margaret Lam as our guest panellist at the webinar.

SOVS/LVPEI Collaboration

Professor Mark Willcox and Dr Debarun Dutta recently visited the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India to conduct an clinical trial close out and audit of data visit. The clinical trial had been partly sponsored by a Development Grant from the NH&MRC (Willcox, Kumar and Stapleton, APP1076206).

PhD Opportunities in Eye Health Available

Opportunities for prestigious UNSW Scientia PhD scholarships in eye health research are available at the School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) and The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Office. Both SOVS and The George Institute have a strcutured postgraduate program consisting of in-house research seminars, developing students methodological, statistical and research skills and access to the best researchers in Australia and Internationally, who are willing to provide their experitise, knowledge, advice and guidance.

Applications close: 21 July 2017


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