Spotlight on our Research

There are many stories about the research that we are doing in the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Here are just a few of them.

 

In addition to his visiting academic appointment at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, Prof. Arthur Ho (Brien Holden Vision Institute) is a Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami.  Spotlight on Our Research recently spoke with him about one of their latest publications.

The 2017 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry was held at the McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago, Illinois. This year marked the 96th annual meeting of the Academy, with the highlight of the “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice” plenary session being “The Eye As a Mirror to the Brain”, with presentations in the session by Dr Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Dr Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo and Dr Marina Bedny from Johns Hopkins University.

Over the past week, many of our School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) staff and students gathered with fellow contact lens researchers and clinicians from around the world at Stevenson, WA, USA for the 17th International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR) Conference.

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) conference 2017 held from 9th to 11th June in Liverpool, UK (the “home of The Beatles”) was educational, informative and a wonderful celebration of the 40th anniversary of BCLA clinical conferences. The School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) was well represented, with Professor Mark Willcox, Visiting Professor Eric Papas, Dr Jacqueline Tan and PhD candidate Ms Jaya Sowjanya Siddireddy in attendance.

In May 2017, many of our School of Optometry and Vision Science staff and students gathered with fellow researchers and clinicians from around the world at Baltimore, USA for the 2017 annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). It was a great opportunity for all of us to reconnect with our old colleagues, collaborators, and friends particularly with many of School of Optometry and Vision Science alumni researchers working at various prestigious optometry institutes worldwide.

Have you ever wondered why statues made from wax or quartz look different to ones made from stone? It could have something to do with the perception of shape and opacity.

The School was delighted to host Masakazu Ohara, an international research intern who worked with Dr Juno Kim for six weeks over the summer break. Masakazu is currently in the process of completing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) in Japan. During his time here, he learned about 3D graphical modelling and simulation and began to lead an ongoing research project with Dr Kim looking at the perception of surfaces and materials in virtual environments.

Eye & Contact Lens has three papers from members of the School. This issue is a special issue on contact lens discomfort and features papers from a symposium held in Seattle, WA, USA in April 2016.