Dr Rebekka Heitmar

Dr Rebekka Heitmar


Fitness to Practice Officer for the School of Life and Health Sciences

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Email: R.Heitmar1@aston.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 3853

Research Theme

 Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

Career History

1995-8: AO-Geselle, Handwerkskammer Ulm, Germany

1998: Betr.Ass. HWK (IHK), IHK Stuttgart, Germany

1998-9: General Optometric Practice, Germany

2003: Dipl.Ing.(FH) Augenoptik, Aalen University, Germany

2003-5: Wissenschaftl. MA (Augenoptik), Aalen University, Germany

2005-8: PhD, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

2008: Lecturer, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Teaching responsibilities

Optics and Medical Imaging (OP1OMI); module leader

Personal Development Planning (OP2PDP); module leader

Elective studies (OP3ES)

Advanced Investigative Techniques

Research Interests

Ocular haemodynamics

Systemic vascular disease and its impact upon the ocular circulation and visual function

Optical Imaging systems

Research Student Supervision

Pravin Vekria (Co-supervisor) - PhD project: Retinal Oximetry in Diabetes Mellitus; 2010-date

Guy Whittaker (Co-supervisor) - MEng project: Retinal Imaging using smartphone technology; 2014

Angelos Kalitzeos (Principal Supervisor) - PhD project: Retinal Vessel Analysis: Flicker Reproducibility, methodological Standardisations and practical Limitations; 2010-2013

Andreas Ketzlar - BSc project: Retinal Oximetry in Myopia; 2012-2013


Heitmar R, Kalitzeos AA, Patel SR, Prabhu-Das D, Cubbidge RP Comparison of subjective and objective methods to determine the retinal arterio-venous ratio using fundus photography. J Optom. In press DOI: 10.1016/j.optom.2014.07.002 

Patel SR, Hudson C, Flanagan JG, Heitmar R. The effect of simulated cataract light scatter on retinal vessel oximetry. Exp Eye Res. 2013 Nov;116:185-9. doi: 10.1016

Heitmar R and Cubbidge RP. The impact of flash intensity on retinal vessel oxygen saturation measurements using dual wavelength oximetry. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Apr 17;54(4):2807-11 in press.

Kalitzeos AA, Heitmar R, Lip GY. Localized retinal nerve fiber layer defects and arterial hypertension: insights into pathophysiology and perhaps an eye for detail? Am J Hypertens. 2013 Apr;26(4):454-5

Kalitzeos AA, Lip GY, Heitmar R. Retinal vessel tortuosity measures and their applications. Exp Eye Res. 2012 Nov 9;106C:40-46

Heitmar R, Summers RJ. Assessing vascular function using dynamic retinal diameter measurements: A new insight on the endothelium. Thromb Haemost. 2012 Apr 26;107(6). [Epub ahead of print]

Heitmar R, Safeen S. Regional differences in oxygen saturation in retinal arterioles and venules. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2012 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Patel SR, Heitmar R. Response to Chittari et al. Impact of acute hyperglycaemia on endothelial function and retinal vascular reactivity in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Diabet Med. 2011 Oct 12

Heitmar R, Cubbidge RP, Lip GY, Gherghel D, Blann AD. Altered blood vessel responses in the eye and finger in coronary artery disease. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 3;52(9):6199-205.

Patel SR, Bellary S, Qin L, Gill PS, Taheri S, Heitmar R, Gibson JM, Gherghel D. Abnormal retinal vascular function and lipid levels in a sample of healthy UK South Asians. Br J Ophthalmol. 2011;95(11):1573-6.

Gherghel D, Hosking SL, Cunliffe IA, Heitmar R. Transient cardiac ischaemia and abnormal variations in systemic blood pressure in unselected primary open angle glaucoma patients. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2010;30(2):175-81.

Heitmar R, Blann AD, Cubbidge RP, Lip GY, Gherghel D. Continuous retinal vessel diameter measurements: the future in retinal vessel assessment? Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010;51(11):5833-9.

Heitmar R, Gherghel D, Armstrong R, Cubbidge RP and Hosking S. The effect of voluntary fasting and dehydration on flicker-induced retinal vascular dilation in a healthy individual: a case report Journal of Medical Case Reports: 13 May 2008



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