B.Optom. (UNSW), B.Sc. (Hons), PhD (UWA), MCOptom (Lond) Professor of Optometry and Visual Neuroscience School of Life & Health SciencesAston UniversityBirmingham B4 7ETUK
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Lecturer on the Undergraduate Optometry Programme
Basic and Applied Neurosciences
Centre for Vision and Hearing Research (CVHR)
BOptom from The University of New South Wales, School of Optometry (1979)
BSc (1st class Hons) from The University of Western Australia, Department of Psychology (1984)
PhD from The University of Western Australia, Department of Psychology (1988)
MCOptom from The College of Optometrists, London (1992)
2005/10 Head of Neurosciences, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University.
2005/10 Associate Director of Research for School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University.
2003/05 Acting Head of Audiology and Director of the undergraduate programme in Audiology.
2001/05 Director of the Neurosciences Research Institute, Aston University.
2000/01 Head of the Neuroimaging Research Group, Neurosciences Research Institute, Aston.
2/2000+ Professor of Optometry and Visual Neuroscience, Aston University.
1996/00 Reader in Psychology and undergraduate admissions tutor, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
1991/95 Lecturer and post-graduate admissions tutor, Department of Vision Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
1988/91 The William Elgar Buck Memorial Medical Research Scholar, St. John’s College, Cambridge. Attached to The Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge University, UK.
1987/8 Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
2007 - Co-recipient, as a Professorial member of Aston’s Neuroimaging Research Group, of the Dr Hadwen Trust’s 2007 award for “OutStanding Contribution to Animal Replacement (OSCAR)”, given in recognition of the Neuroimaging Group’s research using fMRI and MEG and the contribution this makes towards the replacement of animal-based research.
2002 - Awarded the Research and Development Prize (General Category) from The Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR, International), Soraku-Gun, Kyoto, Japan, for work on parallel processing within human vision.
Annie Salmon (Supervisor) Laser eye correction: effect on amblyopic patients. 2009+. Clinical Doctorate in Optometry, Aston University
Sally Blakemore (Supervisor) Optimal typography for reading with peripheral vision. 2009+. Clinical Doctorate in Optometry, Aston University.
Louise James (Supervisor) Effect of low vision rehabilitation on quality of life in macular disease patients. 2009+. Clinical Doctorate in Optometry, Aston University.
Jennifer B. Swettenham (Supervisor) Functional neuroimaging and behavioural studies on global form processing in the human visual system. 2001/05: PhD, Aston.
Frances A. Maratos (Supervisor) Behavioural and neuroimaging investigations of the relationship between visual attention, affordance and action. 2001/05: PhD, Aston.
Jan Mitchell (Co-supervisor with C. Bradley, Royal Holloway) Survey of people’s experiences of macular disease and impact on quality of life. 1998/02: PhD, London.
Inka Steffens (Co-supervisor with A. Smith, Royal Holloway) The integration of local motion signals in the human brain. 1997/2000: MSc, London.
Alexandra Willis (Supervisor) Parvocellular contribution to human motion perception inferred from psychophysical adaptation studies: Implications for glaucoma research. 1993/97: PhD, London.
Catherine Suttle (Co-supervisor with G. Harding, Aston) Development of visual evoked responses to tritan, red-green and luminance stimuli in human infants. 1994/97: PhD, Aston.
2004/10 £124,482 Research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Academic Fellowship Scheme in Neurosciences.
2004/09 £789,096 Research grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) (Integrative Analysis of Brain & Behaviour Initiative, Animal Sciences Committee). Title: Dynamics of integrative neural processes within the human visual cortex. (as principal co-investigator with I.E. Holliday at Aston and G. Green at York).
2001 £38,125 project grant from The Macular Disease Society. Project: Development of visual display strategies to enable patients with macular disease to use peripheral viewing for reading.
1999 £33,400 project grant from Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (as co-investigator with C. Bradley). Project: Health psychology research into macular disease - Survey of people’s experiences of macular disease and impact on quality of life.
1998 £6,000 pilot study grant from The Macular Disease Society, UK (as co-investigator with C. Bradley & P. Bradley). Study: Survey of people’s experiences of macular disease with a view to improving their quality of life.
1998 £37,600 competitive internal equipment grant from The University of London. Equipment: 32-channel electro-encephalographic (EEG) NeuroScan signal imaging system.
1997 £570 conference grant from The Royal Society, London, to attend the Annual meeting for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology.
1996 £2,500 travel awards from The Geoffrey J. Burton Memorial Fund, Fight For Sight and The Wellcome Trust.
1995 £65,000 project grant from the Japanese Epilepsy Association (as co-investigator with G.F.A. Harding). Project: Epilepsy and computer-generated video display games.
1994 £80,000 project grant from Fight For Sight, Institute of Ophthalmology, London. Project: Magneto-encephalographic study of human amblyopia.
1993 3,300 ECU project grant from The Commission of the European Communities, Human Capital and Mobility Programme (as co-investigator with M.A. Georgeson). Project: Human motion perception.
1992/95 £30,000 project grant from Fight For Sight, Institute of Ophthalmology, London. Project: Motion sensitivity and human glaucoma.
1988/90 £35,500 medical research scholarship from St. John’s College, Cambridge, England.
1987 $9,500 (US) Fulbright fellowship from the Australian-American Fulbright Association.