School of Life and Health Sciences Aston University
B4 7ET UK
Email:email@example.com Phone: 0121 2044132 Room: VS127
Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG)
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) Сentre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)
Board member, Regional Leadership Group of MOSAIC Charity
Examiner and Member of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Writing Panel of the College of Optometrists (UK) - assessing competencies of the General Optical Council
Academic Committee member and Fellowship Assessor for British Contact Lens Association Council, British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (Secretary in 2006 and Chairman in 2007)
Visiting Professor of Optometry, College of Applied and Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Optometric Advisor, Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology Visiting Faculty, Al-Shifa Trust, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Ophthalmic representative, Bilga General Hospital Board of Governors, India
July 2015 - World Council of Optometry International Optometrist of the Year – in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of optometry worldwide
May 2014 - Honorary life Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association – in recognition of contribution to the development of the Contact Lens and Anterior Eye journal
July 2012 - Aston Excellence Award - for outstanding engagement in International activities
FCOptom Fellowship of The College of Optometrists by portfolio and esteem
FEAOO Fellowship by portfolio, viva-voce examination and esteem of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics
FBCLA Fellowship by research portfolio, viva-voce examination and esteem of the British Contact Lens Association
FAAO Fellowship by research portfolio, viva-voce examination and esteem of the American Academy of Optometry
FIACLE Fellowship by written examination and esteem of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators
PhD from University of Manchester institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester Title: Optical and Physiological Problems Associated with Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery Supervisor: Professor W Neil Charman
MSc by Examination and Dissertation from UMIST, Manchester Taught Modules: Research methods (including Statistics); Advanced Contact Lenses; General Neuroscience; The Eye at Work (Including Vision Screening, Sports Vision and Illumination) Research project: Corneal Topography of a Family with Known Keratoconic Patients Supervisor: Dr Philip B Morgan
MBCO Passed Professional Qualifying Exams of College of Optometrists
BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Optics, Aston University, Birmingham
August 2006 – to date Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, Aston University
August 2001 – August 2006 Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, Aston University
Module leader for third year module ‘Anterior Eye’ (OP3AE1) and module leader for Post Graduate module ‘Refractive Surgery’ (OP4RS1).
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)
September 2014Knowledge transfer partnership £194,058 Naroo SA, Developing Visual Services for Vulnerable and Ageing Patients within Routine Optometric Practice, working with BBR Optometry, Hereford (including a PhD)
August 2013Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships €231,283 Naroo SA and Zeri F. ‘Quality of vision and subjective satisfaction in new non-spectacle systems for restoring accommodation in presbyopia’ This is Europe-wide project involving two universities in Italy, one in Germany and two in the UK plus an industrial partner in Germany
July 2013 Oculentis GmbH, Germany£10,500 Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant
June 2013 Refocus Ocular Europe B.V.£162,400 Naroo SA, Study of new scleral implant for presbyopia
January 2013 University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany €2,690 Naroo SA, Precilens Multifocal Contact Lens Study
January 2013 Refocus Ocular Europe B.V. £88,000 Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant
December 2012 Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH €12,000 Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant
December 2012Knowledge transfer partnership £203,613 Naroo SA, for Lensar Femtosecond lens softening project working Midland Eye, Solihull
October 2012 Laser and Lens Ltd £1,700 Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant
December 2011 Erebus Voucher (paid December 2012) £3,000 Wolffsohn JS & Naroo SA, to look at instrumentation with Birmingham Optical Group
September 2011 Knowledge transfer partnership £187,456 Naroo SA, Developing Specialist Services within Routine Optometric Practice, working with BBR Optometry, Hereford (including a PhD)
July 2011 BCLA Summer studentship £1500 Naroo SA, for project to grow CL business in a small independent practice
I have successfully supervised 8 full time PhDs to completion and currently I am main supervisor for 2 further PhD students. I currently have a team of 2 full time and 1 part time post-doctoral researchers working for me. I am also the projector supervisor for 3 professional doctorate students and 1 MSc student. I have been internal examiner to three PhDs (2004, 2006, 2012) and internal examiner to two professional doctorates (both in 2014) and external examiner to five PhDs (Anglia Polytechnic University 2005, University of South Australia 2007 & 2013, Cardiff University 2010 and the University of Manchester 2012) and external examiner to three MPhils (Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012 and 2 at the University of Manchester in 2007).