Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG)
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) Сentre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)
Current key positions (major roles in bold):
Position: Reader Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0121 2044132 Room: VS127
Between September 2004 and September 2008 I was the Director of Postgraduate Development for Optometry. The related tasks include organising training courses for pre-registration optometry graduates, ophthalmic nurses, registered optometrists, ophthalmologists and ophthalmic sales personnel.
In 2008 I was involved in the development and instigation of a new higher level postgraduate degree (Ophthalmic Doctorate) for eye care practitioners including being the course director of the new programme in its first year. The course has proven to be very popular as it is a distance learning programme and I was responsible for the implementation of the modules and the accreditation of the material until 2010.
In 2011 I developed the Aston University Optometry Summer School, attracting delegates from around the world for continued professional development and learning clinical skills.
More recently, I was the main proponent in the development of a new international optometry programme that allows countries where optometric practice is restricted to upskill and train further by distance learning and then summer clinical placements. This course is currently being offered in Italy and Singapore and I am the inaugural course director of it - overseeing its successful design, approval and launch in 2014.
Research interests include - Laser refractive surgery, intraocular lenses, surgery for presbyopia, corneal topography, corneal biomechanics, sports vision, dry eye treatments, enhancing business aspects of optometric and ophthalmology practices.
I have been involved in clinical research since 1994 and authored and co-authored over 50 peer reviewed papers plus over 70 non-peer reviewed publications. I have obtained more than £1million in funding in the last five years as principal investigator.
Grants from last 5 years (where I am the principal investigator)