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Dr Andrew Logan

  • Biography

    Dr Andrew Logan graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a 1st class honours degree in Optometry in 2010. Following a period in practice, Andrew returned to GCU to undertake a PhD in visual perception for which he was awarded the George Giles postgraduate research prize by the College of Optometrists. In parallel with working towards his PhD, Andrew completed his Independent Prescribing qualification. Andrew was appointed to the role of Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Bradford in 2015. He was awarded a postgraduate certificate (with distinction) in Higher Education Practice by the same institution in 2017. Andrew’s undergraduate teaching is focussed upon ocular disease and pharmacology. At a postgraduate level, he provides lectures for higher qualification programmes, particularly in glaucoma and independent prescribing. He also delivers CET which draws upon both his research and IP training through presentations at events (e.g. 100% Optical, Therapeutics London) and written articles (e.g. Optometry Today). In his research lab, Andrew is currently leading an investigation of the effects of age-related macular degeneration on face perception. Andrew is a registrant member of the General Optical Council’s Education Committee.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: AOP Peer Discussion

    Description: Peer discussion is a recognised method of CET, rich in peer interaction, which seeks to share ideas and reduce professional isolation, therefore benefiting patients. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 27/01/18, 28/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 10:30, 14:15, 10:30, 14:15, 10:30, 12:30 & 15:00

    CET Points: 3 Points

Ceri Smith-Jaynes

  • Biography

    Ceri is the Creative Multimedia Editor for Optometry Today, Ot, and part of the AOP communications team. Her role mainly involves commissioning and editing CET videos and clinical written content for Optometry Today.


    Originally from South Wales, Ceri is also an optometrist, working in independent practice in Lytham St Annes. Her special interests include dry eye, Sport vision and irregular-cornea contact lens fitting and as an accredited peer review facilitator she has hosted many peer discussions and peer review sessions.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: AOP Peer Discussion

    Description: Peer discussion is a recognised method of CET, rich in peer interaction, which seeks to share ideas and reduce professional isolation, therefore benefiting patients. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 27/01/18, 28/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 10:30, 14:15, 10:30, 14:15, 10:30, 12:30 & 15:00

    CET Points: 3 Points

Kevin Wallace

  • Biography

    Kevin Wallace is an IP optometrist in independent practice in Edinburgh. He is also Clinical Advisor to the AOP, Optometric Advisor to NHS Lothian and has been an AOP Councillor for 9 years. He has a particular interest in the legal aspects of clinical practice, particularly the GOS regulations, and in providing guidance for practitioners to protect themselves against complaints before they happen.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Peer discussion - The locum perspective

    Description: Peer discussion is a recognised method of CET, rich in peer interaction, which seeks to share ideas and reduce professional isolation, therefore benefiting patients. This has proven to be an effective and popular way of learning.


    We shall present the following patient-centred case scenarios which will be targeted at the perspective of a locum practitioner:


    1. Understand the importance of accurate record keeping
    2. Understand responsibilities relating to continuity of care of the patient
    3. Understand requirements relating to managing the contact lens patient including issuing specifications

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 27/01/18 & 28/01/18

    Start Time: 11:30 & 13:00

    CET Points: 1 Point

Angela McNamee

  • Biography

    Member of ABDO journal advisory committee, chair of ABDO contact lens committee and of Optical Confederation contact lens working group, member of ABDO continuing education review panel and advice & guidelines working group, principal theory examiner for ABDO dispensing diploma, practical examiner in dispensing and contact lenses for ABDO. Many years’ experience in delivering CET-accredited presentations and authoring CET-accredited articles.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Peer Discussion: All in a day's work

    Description: This is a peer discussion about contact lens related scenarios which practitioners may come across in everyday practice. Emphasis will be given to code of conduct and best practice.

    Location: Dispensing Workshop

    Date: 27/01/18, 28/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 13:45, 13:45 & 12:45

    CET Points: 3 CET Points

Keith Cavaye

  • Biography

    Keith Cavaye FBDO (Hons)CL, FBCLA. Keith is currently working as an independent locum contact lens optician and consultant. For nine years he was a sessional lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. His previous positions include Professional Services Manager Indigo Lighthouse Group, Contact Lens Product Manager Dollond & Aitchison & Contact Lens Services Manager Boots Opticians. He is a past British Contact Lens Association council and GOC council member, still serving on the GOC’s Investigation committee and the Board of ABDO. Other optical interests include ABDO contact lens practical examiner and dispensing theory marker, as well as examining for the WCSM.  A LOCSU accredited facilitator, he has published various CET articles on contact lens related subjects.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Peer Discussion: All in a day's work

    Description: This is a peer discussion about contact lens related scenarios which practitioners may come across in everyday practice. Emphasis will be given to code of conduct and best practice.

    Location: Dispensing Workshop

    Date: 27/01/18, 28/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 13:45, 13:45 & 12:45

    CET Points: 3 CET Points

Peter Black

  • Biography

    Peter Black MBA FBDO FEAOO is a Registered Dispensing Optician, Master of Business Administration and Immediate Past President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). He is a Director of optical management consultancy Orbita Black which provides optical, retail and business improvement training and advice to companies across the optical sector and is accredited with the UK’s General Optical Council as a Provider of Continuing Education and Training (CET) for opticians and optometrists.


    Peter writes a popular column “Black Arts” in Dispensing Optics and has had articles and CET published in “Optician” and “Optometry Today”. He has appeared on BBC TV “Rip Off Britain” and been interviewed several times by Natasha Kaplinsky for ITN Productions Healthcare News. He has lectured extensively throughout the UK and Ireland and internationally in Malaysia, and several European countries. He became a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics in May 2017.


    Peter is a member of the GOC’s statutory Registration Committee and has held a number of senior leadership positions including executive and non-executive directorships. He was until recently Dispensing Standards Manager at Boots Opticians, the UK’s second largest chain. He is an advisor to the ABDO board, Vice Chair to the Joint Optical Committee to the European Union, an Ophthalmic Public Health Ambassador, as well as being a Practical Examiner for the ABDO Professional Qualifying Examinations.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Should you really be sending that away? Repairs and rimless workshop

    Modern lenses: Problem solving workshop

    Description: Modern lenses - A Problem Solving Workshop will look at 5 lens related dispensing scenarios that commonly cause patient complaints. Delegates will discuss how to approach dispensing so that problems are more likely to be prevented, and how to solve problems when they do occur. Topics explored will include: base curve, wrap and centration; sports eyewear; lens materials especially in relation to rimless and supra; UV protection and glare; the most common reasons for remakes, returns and patient complaints including PPLs.

    Location: Dispensing Workshop & Optical Academy

    Date: 27/01/18, 28/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 12:45, 17:00, 12:45, 15:00, 13:45 & 14:00

    14:30, 11:30 & 11:45

    CET Points: 3 Points

Sally Bates

  • Biography

    As a Dispensing Optician lecturing in the field of Optics since 1993, Sally is passionate and enthusiastic about her profession. She endeavours to instil these qualities and professional skills in her students by relating the optical topics to ‘real life’ experiences in practice and dealing with patients. Since the start of her teaching career over 20 years ago, she has continually achieved the highest student pass rate every year for the ABDO professional qualifying examinations in the UK.

    After recognising the need to support trainee Dispensing Opticians and their employers, Sally formed her own training company offering courses for all sectors of the optical profession. She has had the pleasure and honour of both lecturing and examining on behalf of the ABDO professional body both in the UK and overseas.

    At the ABDO College, Sally is responsible for teaching all elements of the professional practical examinations, and theory in communication skills, to dispensing students including those at Degree level. Sally is the proprietor of Identity Optical Training. This makes her work varied and interesting, as it includes writing and providing tailor-made staff training programmes for optical companies, organising and presenting pre-examination revision courses and mock exams for all professional staff, including non EEU students; and lecturing for an international lens company. Sally has had numerous articles published in optical journals and a national newspaper.

    Sally also locums in practice as a self-employed Dispensing Optician. This is a role that she thoroughly enjoys, as it takes her back to basics and enhances her teaching skills.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Best Frame Fitting

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    Frames on Faces

    Description: This workshop will include a 'hands on' approach to assessing and achieving the 'best' frame fitting and the adjustments required.

    This session covers communication skills when dealing with patients, including the use of positive body language, reading the patient's non-verbal signs and making the right signals.

    Designed to enhance frame selection skills and increase awareness of lens and frame compatibility.

    Location: Fashion Hub & Optical Academy

    Date: 27/01/18 & 28/01/18

    Start Time: 12:45 & 15:00

    12:45, 13:45 & 15:00

    CET Points: 0 Points

Professor Colin Willoughby

  • Biography

    Professor Colin E Willoughby was appointed Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool in June 2013 and is also part of the corneal and glaucoma service in St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital; and provides secondary and tertiary surgical and medical care for patients with corneal diseases, ocular surface disorders, glaucoma and general ophthalmic diseases.


    His research theme is to apply genomic medicine to ophthalmology and develop molecular therapies. The main focus of this research is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of two major worldwide blinding disorders: corneal blindness and glaucoma -


    1. Molecular therapies for ocular disease targeting the underlying genetics and molecular disturbances resulting in ocular pathology. I have established an ex vivo anterior segment perfusion model to study glaucoma, develop new therapies and evaluate drug delivery.


    2. Personalised or stratified medicine: using genetic information to determine disease risk, disease stratification and to predict treatment response/pharmacogenetics.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: GlaucoMirs: Molecular therapies for glaucoma - Easing the pressure

    Description: The lecture will:

    1. Provide an insight into the pathology of POAG in the trabecular meshwork.


    2. Describe the role of transforming growth factor beta in glaucoma pathology.


    3. Relate current medical and surgical glaucoma treatments to the underlying disease biology.


    4. Introduce the concept of microRNAs as potential gene therapies for scarring in glaucoma.


    5. Highlight new therapeutic avenues in glaucoma management based on advances in basic science.

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 15:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Dr Anthony Khawaja

  • Biography

    Anthony graduated from medical school at the University of Cambridge and University College London and completed the majority of his ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, including a glaucoma fellowship. He also completed a Wellcome Trust funded PhD Programme at the University of Cambridge where he developed his research interests in the genetic and environmental epidemiology of glaucoma and the use of real-world data for new discovery and improving patient care. Anthony has won several prizes and awards including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Duke Elder Prize and Foulds trophy, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and Secretariat Award for special contributions to ophthalmology internationally, the University of Cambridge Nick Day Prize in Epidemiology, and the Berkeley Fellowship Award which sponsored a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Anthony was recently ranked 8th in the world of Rising Stars for the Ophthalmologist publication, voted for by his peers. He is currently a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon working in the Glaucoma Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: How useful are Ocular Response Analyzer measures ‘corneal hysteresis’ and ‘IOPcc’ in clinical practice?

    Description: The Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) is a non-contact tonometer that measures corneal biomechanical properties in addition to intraocular pressure (IOP). This allows estimation of the ‘true’ intraocular pressure less affected by corneal artefact (IOPcc – corneal compensated IOP) as well as deriving two measures of corneal properties (hysteresis and resistance factor). This lecture will describe the meaning of these measures and their clinical utility considering published medical evidence.

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 10:45

    CET Points: TBC

Sameer Trikha

  • Biography

    Mr Sameer Trikha is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a specialist interest in Glaucoma at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Southampton with distinction, and finished his Ophthalmology residency in the Wessex region before completing a Clinical Research Fellowship in Glaucoma at the prestigious Singapore Eye Research Institute and Clinical Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital. In addition, he has recently completed an MBA in Healthcare Management from Imperial College, London. Mr Trikha is a national prizewinner, and has published widely in Ophthalmology, with over 20 peer reviewed publications and two books to his name. He is actively involved in surgical education, and co-authored both cataract and glaucoma surgery modules for the ‘Touch Surgery’ mobile application, which has been downloaded over 30000 times across 162 countries worldwide. He is passionate about improving the quality and accessibility of care for patients through the use of digital technology, and is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Visulytix – an Artificial Intelligence company developing ground breaking solutions for the early detection of conditions such as Glaucoma.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Clinical decision support for optometrists using artificial intelligence

    Description: The lecture seeks to provide an introduction to Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) – a group of new surgical techniques with new devices that have gained prominence in the last two years. The devices can be inserted under local anaesthetic and provide a safer, quicker alternative to conventional filtration surgery that has historically had variable success and complication rates. 

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 13:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Gerda Goldinger

  • Biography

    Gerda is a solicitor who qualified initially in Scotland and then in England. Gerda heads up the legal team at the AOP and has worked in the medico-legal field for the past 25 years. She specialised in this field in private practice before joining the AOP where she is Director of Legal Services. Gerda is also a qualified mediator, a member of Commercial and Medical Dispute Solutions LLP and secretary of the charity BIMA which provides a multi-faith dispute resolution service. 

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: On the record: Team under pressure

    Description: The AOP legal department deals with many problems encountered when members of a team are under pressure.


    The AOP will present a practice based scenario video ~25 mins acted out as per the attached script outline.


    There follows a live 20-25 minute discussion between the AOP Legal Director and Deputy Legal Director about some of the issues seen in the film and steps practitioners should take to prevent a similar occurrence. We also discuss the wider standards that eye care professionals are required to adhere to.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 11:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Fiona Mitchell

  • Biography

    Fiona initially qualified as an optometrist and practiced for about 12 years. She then retrained as a solicitor, joining the AOP in 1998. Fiona works is Deputy Head of Legal Services at the AOP and deals with GOC tribunals, Health Service hearings, civil claims involving optometrists and medical negligence claims.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: On the record: Team under pressure

    Description: The AOP legal department deals with many problems encountered when members of a team are under pressure.


    The AOP will present a practice based scenario video ~25 mins acted out as per the attached script outline.


    There follows a live 20-25 minute discussion between the AOP Legal Director and Deputy Legal Director about some of the issues seen in the film and steps practitioners should take to prevent a similar occurrence. We also discuss the wider standards that eye care professionals are required to adhere to.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 11:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Professor Glen Jeffrey

  • Biography

    Glen has a fundamental interest in visual function and has worked in retinal function, visual development, comparative vision, and since he became aware of his own age, also in neural ageing.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Using red light to recharge cellular batteries and fight retinal ageing

    Description: The retina has the greatest metabolic demand in the body and ages rapidly with chronic inflammation established by around 40 and 30% of central rods lost by around 70 years. Ageing is partly regulated by mitochondria that produce energy for cellular function via ATP production. However, their ability to produce ATP declines and ageing progresses. But elements in the production pathway of ATP absorb specific long wavelengths of light that improves their energy production. We use brief exposures in aged eyes to reduce the impact of ageing and improve retinal function. Others have used similar approaches to improve outcomes in mitochondrial disease.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 13:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Dr Michael Chen

  • Biography

    Dr. Chen graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and works in a private practice in Santa Clara, CA. He also serves as a clinical research consultant to Carl Zeiss Meditec for advanced product and prototype development, and has been the clinical lead on the OCT angiography, spectral-domain OCT, and fundus imaging teams at Zeiss. Dr. Chen is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and American Academy of Optometry. He is also an active member of his local optometric society.

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Dharmesh Patel

  • Biography

    Dharmesh was appointed as a Commissioning Lead in June 2012. In Greater Manchester he chairs the Primary Care Advisory Group and sits on the GM Health and Social Care Strategic partnership board on behalf of whole optometric profession. On the board, Dharmesh on behalf of primary care and optometry, has parity of voting rights with other key health and social care partners such as Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital Trusts and NHS England. He is Greater Manchester’s Local Eye Health Network Chair and also Chairman of the board of directors of GM Primary Eyecare – one of the first and largest regional LOC companies in England. Dharmesh sits on Stockport LOC.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Who will do what, where?

    Description: This session will air views on where eye health care will/should be taking place in the future and which professionals will be carrying it out. The session will take the form of a chaired debate with representatives from optometry and ophthalmology making their respective contributions.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 10:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Mike George

  • Biography

    Mike George is the Chairman of the Association of Optometrists. Mike has been a qualified optometrist since 1998. His clinical interests include providing eye care for children and adults with all levels of ability, particularly those who cannot communicate in the usual way such as infants and young children, children with special needs and adults with intellectual disability.

    He has been a tutor at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff since 2001 teaching undergraduate optometrists. Since 2011 he has taught postgraduate optometrists in WOPEC’s PGT modules Paediatric Optometry and Eye Care for People with Learning Disabilities. Elsewhere, he has provided accredited Continuing Education and Training (CET) for registered optometrists in the format of lectures, clinical workshops and peer discussion events.

    Since 2004 he has been a WOPEC assessor in the accreditation processes for the Wales Eye Care Service and later also the LOCSU Glaucoma Local Enhanced Service that included the evaluation of clinical skills and competence of optometrists using Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Who will do what, where?

    Description: This session will air views on where eye health care will/should be taking place in the future and which professionals will be carrying it out. The session will take the form of a chaired debate with representatives from optometry and ophthalmology making their respective contributions.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 10:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Mo Jalie

  • Biography

    Mo Jalie is Visiting Professor in Optometry at Ulster University and to the educational facility in Paris, Essilor Academy Europe. He also works as a consultant to the ophthalmic industry. He was the Head of Department of Applied Optics at City & Islington College from 1986 to 1995 where he taught optics, ophthalmic lenses and dispensing from 1964. He has written several books and educational CDs, holds four patents and runs a web-based course in Spectacle Lens Design leading to FBDO(Hons) SLD.

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Asim Sheikh

  • Biography

    Asim is a practicing optometrist with over a decade of experience in optics. He has in that time become an accredited practitioner as part of the Glasgow’s’ Integrated Eye Care Service (GIES), supervised and trained numerous graduate optometrists and developed a special interest in specialist contact lens fitting, optical coherence tomography and advancements in clinical diagnostic technology, particularly in screening, detection and monitoring of glaucoma. More recently Asim splits his time between clinical practice, his role as a Clinical Trainer with Zeiss and studying towards a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).

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Jason Higginbotham

  • Biography

    Jason Higginbotham Bsc (Hons) MCOptom FBDO is an Optometrist and Dispensing Optician with over 27 years experience in the field. Jason achieved a high level of academic success before working in independent and multiple practices,owning his own practices, working in refractive laser, working in IOL clinics, working in hospital low vision clinics and in domiciliary Optometry. Jason is currently undertaking an MSc in Optometry and is then proceeding to complete a taught PhD in Ophthalmology.


    After joining Birmingham Optical, Jason has been promoted to the position of Director of Medical and Education and has been providing training and CET lectures on a range of instruments and diagnostic techniques, including refractive laser, Corneal surgery, OCT, Dry Eye assessment and other subjects.

    Jason has undergone extensive training with several manufacturers on numerous complex devices and is widely respected for his comprehensive training and CET sessions; especially those involving OCT, its application and clinical interpretation.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Selling OCT to your staff and patients

    Description: An introduction to methods of correcting presbyopia, with particular attention paid to methods of providing near vision correcting post cataract and refractive surgery.

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 12:30

    CET Points: 0 Points

Lyndsay Dickens

  • Biography

    Lyndsay Dickens started her optical career in 1996 at Vision Express Opticians as a trainee lab technician. Her 14 year career with Vision Express progressed in to Practice management and ended with her being a regional trainer for the company. She was responsible for the implementation and support of an internal development structure and system for individual staff ranging from new inductees to dispensing opticians. This incorporated structured courses, assessments, one to one coaching and resulted in Internal qualifications from induction to diploma standard.


    Lyndsay joined Essilor Ltd in the role of a lens account manager in September 2010. This role includes delivering & developing generic product and dispensing training to all members of UK optical practices. Lyndsay is now Head of Essilor Bespoke which is a strategy to support independents to future proof their business. This is achieved by supporting businesses to differentiate with great customer service, clinical expertise and technology with support & training through all areas of the patient journey.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Digital vs Traditional

    Description: How to encourage our optical colleagues to embrace technology as a good thing for business and future proofing the optical market. 

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 27/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 13:00 & 10:30

    CET Points: 0 Points

Professor Anna Horwood

  • Biography

    Anna Horwood trained as an orthoptist and now combines research with clinical orthoptics. A survey of the visual behaviour of orthoptists’ infants spawned a series of studies into the development of binocular vision led to a PhD in 2002. Anna has had a long-standing collaboration with Professor Patricia Riddell at the University of Reading since 1997, helping set up, and now running the Infant Vision Laboratory.


    The development of binocular vision in real-life situations, and particularly how accommodation and convergence focus the eyes over the whole lifespan, forms the core of her studies. She has published on the eye misalignments often seen in infants’ first weeks, spectacle compliance, hypermetropia, infantile and later-onset intermittent squints and photorefraction. Current areas of interest are the effects of orthoptic exercises, individual differences in “style” of using visual cues to drive accommodation and vergence, and how these styles influence different clinical problems, and most recently, how children really use their accommodation during everyday close work tasks.


    She was awarded the International Orthoptic Association Research Award in 2008. She is the Research and Innovation Director of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, has given many major keynote lectures around the world, and is involved in clinical teaching and examining of orthoptists. She is a NIHR Senior Research Mentor and a teaching volunteer for ORBIS and the International Orthoptic Association.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Nearly everything you thought you knew about accommodation and the AC/A ratio is probably wrong

    Description: Convergence, eye alignment and accommodation problems affect many of our patients. They are often complex, confusing and unpredictable conditions and the theory behind convergence and accommodation has remained largely unchanged for decades, and rarely helps us explain the wide variation we see clinically.


    The Infant Vision Lab at the University of Reading has been researching accommodation and convergence under naturalistic conditions since 1997. We have a large dataset of responses in typical development and a range of common childhood binocular vision problems such as intermittent squint, hypermetropia and convergence insufficiency. This research has led us to completely re-think how the convergence, and particularly, the accommodation systems work.


    By studying the different visual cues which drive convergence and accommodation we have a better conceptual model to help clinicians understand why individuals develop certain types of problems, and respond to treatments so differently.


    This talk will help you understand this complex topic and help your patients.

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 27/01/18

    Start Time: 11:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Ros Mussa

  • Biography

    Ros Mussa qualified as a Dispensing Optician from City and East London College in 1989, ten years later went on to qualify as a Contact Lens Optician and spends the majority of her professional life in practice with heavy exposure to both the multiple and independent sectors of the market. Since 2003 Ros joined the teaching faculty at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care as well as taking a position at City University as visiting lecturer, teaching and sharing knowledge with the third-year students in the contact lens clinics. Furthermore, she is an accredited peer to peer facilitator and throughout her career has supervised many pre-reg students as well as being involved in the business development side of the companies she has worked for.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Dry eye… The phantom menace

    Description: Ocular Surface Disease OSD is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface including a range of conditions such as Dry Eye Disease, Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. This lecture will advise on how delegates will benefit from understanding the OSD patient Journey. The patient journey can be described as prevention, diagnosis and treatment. All components will be addressed by Ros who will discuss her first-hand experience in this area, and the various tools at the industries disposal for managing all stages of the journey.

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 28/01/18 & 29/01/18

    Start Time: 11:00 & 11:00

    CET Points: 0 Points

Morven Campbell

  • Biography

    Following many years as a practice based optometrist and contact lens practitioner, Morven’s role at Black and Lizars allows her to blend practice work with a varied professional services role.

    Having had direct access to retinal imaging technology for many years, it has revolutionised their practice allowing for more accurate and timely diagnosis of many conditions. Morven’s main clinical interests are paediatric optometry, dry eye and contact lenses. She is passionate about patient education and believes the use of all forms of digital imaging aids understanding and ensures patients are knowledgeable about their eyes and therefore more likely to seek help should circumstances change.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: A beginner’s guide to ultra-widefield retinal imaging: What’s all the fuss about? 

    Description: This interactive skills workshop will provide an opportunity for delegates to understand how the growing use of ultra-widefield retinal imaging in daily optometric practice can help them to provide a higher level of patient care and how the additional information provided by ultra-widefield might influence their clinical decision making.

    Delegates will have the opportunity to capture retinal scans with the help and advice of experienced ultra-widefield users. They will learn how colour and autofluorescence images of the retina are captured, and crucially, understand the physiology behind different imaging modalities and how to interpret an image to assist in diagnosis and management of a range of retinal diseases. Examples of these are diabetic retinopathy, AMD and retinal holes and tears.

    It will also discuss the benefits of looking beyond the posterior pole and why optometrists should examine and document the retinal periphery. Communication with the patient will also be considered.

    Location: Optos Stand

    Date: TBC

    Start Time: TBC

    CET Points: TBC

Simon Browning

  • Biography

    Simon Browning has run his own practice in Bedford for over thirty years. He has previously held posts within both the College of Optometrists and Association of Optometrists. He has also been co-chair of his PCT Professional Executive Committee and worked as the Clinical Governance Lead for the Bedfordshire Primary Care Trusts.

    Simon has lectured widely on both optical political matters and more recently has concentrated on lectures for Optos. Given the advent of autofluorescence he has now lectured in a number of countries including the USA and various European countries on the anatomy and physiology of the retina and the way in which Optomap systems allow us to deliver the very highest standards of clinical care for our patients. He also considers the further aspects of nutrition and lifestyle with a view to lifelong retinal health maintenance. Last year Simon has presented posters at ARVO and the EAOO conferences showing how drusenoid changes in the retina have been reversed with patients who have modified lifestyles. He has just returned from lecturing in Finland and Boston in the USA

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: From the field: The benefits of interdisciplinary teamwork

    Description: Often the gap between high street practice and hospital eye clinics can seem a large one. It can sometimes seem that little is known by each of the settings about the work of the other. Sometimes, this can lead to misunderstandings or even disagreement. This interactive lectures sets out to address some of these issues.

    Location: Optos Stand

    Date: TBC

    Start Time: TBC

    CET Points: TBC

Bhavika Vagdia

  • Biography

    Bhavika is currently the Laboratory Technician for the Optometry programme at City, University of London. Whilst managing the various teaching laboratories, Bhavika also supervises and examines students in the Ophthalmic Dispensing and Contact Lenses modules.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Peer review session: Contact lenses and ocular surface 

    Description: This workshop will provide you with a brief case review of up to 4 clinical cases including images in the area of dry eye and contact lenses. As part of the case review you will discuss in small groups your thoughts about the clinical findings and possible management, and share your views with the other groups. You will be asked to comment on where you find evidence in the area of ocular surface and contact lens literature and how this can be applied in clinical optometric practice.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 11:45

    CET Points: 3 Points

Dr Manbir Nagra

  • Biography

    Dr Manbir Nagra currently leads the final year undergraduate contact lens module and co-leads the postgraduate College of Optometrists accredited Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses at City, University of London. Manbir is also co-organiser of the 'Workshops in Contact Lenses' (WinC) educational event.
    Manbir serves as the current vice-chair of the British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) and is a fellow of the British Contact Lens Association.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Peer review session: Contact lenses and ocular surface 

    Description: This workshop will provide you with a brief case review of up to 4 clinical cases including images in the area of dry eye and contact lenses. As part of the case review you will discuss in small groups your thoughts about the clinical findings and possible management, and share your views with the other groups. You will be asked to comment on where you find evidence in the area of ocular surface and contact lens literature and how this can be applied in clinical optometric practice.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 11:45

    CET Points: 3 Points

Byki Huntjens

  • Biography

    After completing her Bachelor in optometry in the Netherlands, Byki Huntjens moved to the UK in 2002 to start her MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science at the University of Manchester, where she later worked as a research assistant and clinical supervisor. Byki completed her doctorate in 2008 from the University of Manchester and joined City University London in 2009 as a lecturer. Currently she is Programme Director for BSc Optometry, module lead for Contact Lenses (UG) and Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses (PG), and supervisor of several MSc and PhD students. She runs the dry eye clinic at City, and co-facilitates workshops in contact lenses (City WinC).

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Peer review session: Contact lenses and ocular surface 

    Description: This workshop will provide you with a brief case review of up to 4 clinical cases including images in the area of dry eye and contact lenses. As part of the case review you will discuss in small groups your thoughts about the clinical findings and possible management, and share your views with the other groups. You will be asked to comment on where you find evidence in the area of ocular surface and contact lens literature and how this can be applied in clinical optometric practice.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 11:45

    CET Points: 3 Points

Brian Tompkins

  • Biography

    Brian is an experienced independent practitioner in his stunningly refurbished and contemporised Victorian house-practice in Northampton UK.

    He is The President and a Fellow of the BCLA and a former AOP Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year. He is extremely proactive in fitting all types of contact lenses to any age and prescription. He feels that the market for contact lenses can be expanded to many more patients from children to presbyopes and beyond, and many opportunities are currently missed. He has a large CL patient base and is keen on imaging and video capture for enhanced patient education.

    He has been awarded the accolade ''One of The Best Clinical Photographers in the World Today'' by Prof Nathan Efron and regularly supplies images for lectures, magazine articles and publications worldwide. His work in contact lenses has included collaborative clinical trials with Eurolens Research, Visioncare Research Ltd and OTG Research & Consultancy.

    He has been a Key Opinion Leader and Clinical Advisor to virtually all the contact lens manufacturers and many of the technology and instrument companies over the years and has participated in launching many new products into the global market.

    He lectures internationally on business, imaging technology, dry eye and contact lens topics, all based on real life experience in the consulting room. Evangelically he has been trying to spread the concept of charging proper fees and business development following the implementation of a Care Plan System in his own practice many years ago.

    When voted “Best in Show” at a Bausch & Lomb Global Symposium many years ago, Brian learnt that people retain more by being entertained while being educated and so since that time his lectures and workshops have been interactive and fun, sometimes even hilarious, but always informative.

    He is maybe Optometry’s best known EDUTAINER.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: The future is in your hands

    Description: Successful contact lens practice encompasses many facets, which is why those developing and maintaining their expertise in this field enjoy professional satisfaction. The future is dependent on gaining, retaining and maintaining current wearers, and to enable that, there must be great in-practice procedures, good communication between wearers and practice staff in
    addition to keeping patients informed about new alternatives to their current
    vision correction arsenal. Social media is now absolutely crucial in all aspects
    of communicating modern CL practice and many uses will be discussed and
    demonstrated.

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 16:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Ian Cameron

  • Biography

    Educated in Edinburgh, Ian Cameron graduated from UMIST with a first class honours degree in optometry before he went on to undertake his pre-reg year at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. After qualifying, he worked for Eurolens Research, the Royal Eye Hospital and taught undergraduate refraction at the University of Manchester before returning to Edinburgh to work in private practice in a specialist contact lens practice which amongst other things is responsible for the hospital contact lens fitting service in Edinburgh and Lothians. With diplomas in Contact Lens Practice and Independent Therapeutic Prescribing, Ian lectures widely on all aspects of optometry from retinal pathology to contact lens materials and continues to be active in optometric research. He is Managing Director of Cameron Optometry Ltd a multi award-winning contact lens and therapeutic specialist centre which has embraced myopia management with a firm hug.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: There’s no ‘I’ in myopia & When nothing in the retina is really something

    Description: Another lecture on Myopia Management? Surely not! It’s safe to say, all alert optoms are pretty well convinced by the evidence in favour of reducing myopia progression. So why has it not yet properly caught on? At least in part, there is a distinct lack of resources on how to actually do this in practice. Like rotating your tyres or doing DIY, we can see why but lack the skills to actually do it. Fellow Scot Andrew Carnegie said of teamwork that it is “the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results”. Cameron Optometry has been at the leading edge of Myopia Management in the UK and have found a requirement for a unique level of teamwork is required for Myopia Management service to thrive. MD Ian Cameron will explain how they have done this and what they have learned in the process – how do you tackle the conversation with parents? What about informed consent? How do you manage expectations without overselling the potential outcomes? This lecture will be less about convincing you that you should be offering myopia management and more about helping you start doing it

    Location: Future Practice & Optos Stand

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 13:45 & 11:00

    CET Points: 1 Point & 2 Points

Alex Short

  • Biography

    Mr Alex Shortt is a highly trained academic researcher and consultant ophthalmic surgeon in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. He trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and specialises in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including stem cell transplants, corneal transplants, lens implants and laser vision correction.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Innovative ocular surface disease healing

    Description: With the release of the latest DEWs report there has been a highlight on ocular surface diseases and the new and innovative ways we can diagnose, treat and manage them. This lecture will take a deep dive into the effective ways of diagnosing and managing stage 1-3 OSD to prevent the onset of stage 4. In addition, you also learn about the pioneering AM technology used in treating stage 4 patients and witness a live insertion on stage.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 28/01/17

    Start Time: 17:00

    CET Points: 1 Point

Allon Barsam

  • Biography

    Allon Barsam has set up and now runs a tertiary NHS practice specialising in corneal transplantation and complex anterior segment pathology. His private practice is predominantly laser and lens vision correction surgery. He has published over 40 peer review publications, 10 book chapters and a major ophthalmology  textbook now entering its second edition. He is a global opinion leader for the Ophthalmic Surgical  Industry and is regularly invited to lecture both nationally and internationally.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Refractive surgery in 2018: The state of the art

    Description: This will be a dynamic video and photograph based lecture that will provide the audience with knowledge and understanding of the risks, benefits and indications for the latest and most advanced surgical options currently being used to treat refractive error.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 28/01/17

    Start Time: 11:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Professor Bruce Evans

  • Biography

    Professor Bruce Evans is Director of Research at the Institute of Optometry and a Visiting Professor to City University and to London South Bank University. He is a Fellow (by examination) of the College of Optometrists and holds their higher qualifications of Diploma in Contact Lens Practice and Diploma in Orthoptics. He was awarded Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association, American Academy of Optometry, and European Academy of Optometry. His main areas of research are children’s vision, dyslexia, orthoptics, headaches, and contact lenses. He has given more than 250 invited lectures. Bruce Evans has over 220 published papers and has authored five books on binocular vision and two on dyslexia and vision. He has an optometric practice in Brentwood, Essex, where he specialises in children’s vision and contact lenses.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: The role of the optometrist in dyslexia

    Description: The presentation will use a fully illustrated and lively Powerpoint presentation followed by ‘question and answer’ style group discussion. Delegates will be encouraged to increase their current standard of care of children and adults with specific learning difficulties. The presentation will highlight the role of the optometrist in providing eyecare for these cases and will aim to improve the confidence of delegates whilst stressing the need for practitioners to be aware of their limitations. Clinical tests appropriate for children will be detailed, including their method of use. The talk will stress a proportionate approach: dyslexia is not primarily a visual problem, most people with dyslexia do not have visual problems, and optometrists should not expect to cure dyslexia. However, in cases with a co-existing visual anomaly the optometrist may be able to reduce symptoms and allow the patient better access to the expert educational support that they need.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 28/01/17

    Start Time: 15:00

    CET Points: 1 CET Point

Professor David Crabb

  • Biography

    David Crabb is Professor of Statistics and Vision Research in the School of Health Science at City, University of London. He gained degrees in Mathematics and Statistics at Oxford and Sheffield before completing a PhD in Visual Science in 1996. Following a post-doctoral position at University College London and a lectureship in Nottingham, he took up his position at City in 2005. Professor Crabb is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Honorary Consultant in Visual Science at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Director of the Applied Vision Research Centre at City University London. Professor Crabb’s research laboratory contains a lively mixture of vision scientists, optometrists, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. This research laboratory focuses on measurement in vision especially visual fields, imaging and eye movements. The laboratory has attracted an international reputation, especially in glaucoma research. One of the main themes of Professor Crabb’s work is relating the different stages in the process of chronic eye disease to patient’s visual disability and everyday life. Other themes include ocular imaging and image processing, the design of new tests for visual disorders and using ‘big data’ extracted from eye clinics to assess health service delivery of age-related eye disease.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Dry AMD - Through the eyes of the patient

    Description: The benchmark for a new treatment success in a clinical trial in dry AMD should really be aligned to measureable changes that affect patient’s everyday life rather than imperceptible changes on a clinical chart. Yet little is known about how dry AMD affects patients’ abilities to perform everyday visual tasks. This talk will spotlight our attempts to relate measurements taken in the clinic to at least an estimate of what patients visually ‘can’ and ‘cannot do’.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 16:00

    CET Points: 1 Point

Professor Rupert Bourne

  • Biography

    Mr. Rupert Bourne directs the Huntingdon Glaucoma Diagnostic and Research Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon. He is also Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
     
    Following his qualification as an Ophthalmic Surgeon in 2000, he trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital for a further five years as a Specialist Registrar. He then undertook two glaucoma fellowships, one with Professor Weinreb at the internationally renowned Shiley Eye centre/ Hamilton Glaucoma Center in San Diego, California, where he was International Glaucoma Clinical and Research Fellow. The second fellowship was at Moorfields Eye Hospital where he was senior glaucoma resident. He has a strong research interest, particularly in advanced techniques of glaucoma diagnosis and progression and the management of glaucoma in the community, and overseas ophthalmology.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: To refer or not to refer? That is the question

    Description: A lecture for Optometrists, the session will explore best practice working partnerships between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists to share knowledge and expertise for better patient care and clinical outcomes.

    Often the gap between high street practice and Hospital Eye Clinics can seem a large one. It can sometimes seem that little is known by each of the settings about the work of the other. Sometimes, this can lead to misunderstandings or even disagreement. This lecture sets out to address some of these issues and will discuss real-life examples with participants.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: TBC

    CET Points: 1 Point

John Bolger

  • Biography

    Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon NHS 1988-1994

    Independent Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and founder and owner of My iClinic, and independent eye hospital.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Artificial intelligence in ophthalmology and optometry - will we still have a job in five years time?

    Description: Artificial intelligence is coming and ophthalmology and optometry will not be spared. We must know what it is and it capabilities and potentials. We must make sure that it works for us and not the other way round. 

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 14:00

    CET Points: 1 Point

Paul Artes

  • Biography

    Paul trained as a Dispensing Optician in Germany before coming to the UK to read Optometry (Bradford University, 1996). After his pre-registration year at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital he worked with David Henson (PhD, 2001) and Balwantray Chauhan (postdoc, Dalhousie University, Canada, 2001-2003) in glaucoma research. After holding faculty positions at Manchester and Dalhousie he moved to Plymouth University in 2014 to lead the Eye and Vision research group at the School of Health Professions.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Out of the corner of your eye – What modern perimetry can do for you

    Description: This talk will examine the most recent developments in perimetry and visual fields, in the context of new evidence on UK patient care in glaucoma. A key message is the need for high specificity, and the talk will provide clinically useful pointers on how to achieve this in different primary care optometry settings. 

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 28/01/18

    Start Time: 16:00

    CET Points: 1 Point

Jasmin Patel

  • Biography

    Jasmin Patel graduated in the University of Manchester with a Masters in Optometry, having trained at the RVI Newcastle and BBR Optometry Hereford.
    Following this Jasmin worked in multiples and independents completing the glaucoma and cataract LOCSU courses. For 3 years, she worked as a Visual Acuity Certifier globally teaching refraction and contrast sensitivity protocols. During this period, Jasmin also completed the Alcon Scholarship program. Currently she works at The Brain Tumour Charity as the Optical Engagement Manager.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: How can your eye examination be tailored to save lives?

    Description: This session will aim to reiterate the signs and symptoms of potential brain tumours that might present during an eye exam. It will recap the techniques that should be used to detect these symptoms. It will aim to enable more accurate and timely referrals to the HES of patients that may have a brain tumour. It will highlight the process some patients will go through once sent to the HES.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: 13:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Andrew Copley

  • Biography

    Andrew Copley is a qualified Dispensing Optician, currently working as a Shamir Lens Consultant for the East Anglian region. He has worked in optics for 20 years, starting in multiples progressing to independent practice and then to owning his own practice near Cambridge. He is now enjoying a new lease of life visiting other practices as part of his role as Lens Consultant, helping practices with training and product support.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Progressive lens non-tols – Real or no real?

    Description: This discussion workshop will review 4 scenarios of progressive lens returns to practice. A variety of complaints/symptoms will be reviewed with the view to determining the cause and solution for each individual case. Elements of best practice dispensing, troubleshooting, communicating with patients and product awareness will all be topics for discussion/debate.

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: TBC

    CET Points: 1 Point

Dr Rebekka Heitmar

  • Biography

    Rebekka is a German trained dispensing optician and optometrist who then moved to UK in 2005. Here she became GOC registered and completed her PhD at Aston University where she is currently a lecturer.

    Her research is focussed on using retinal imaging techniques in a range of ocular and systemic pathologies to gain a better understanding of disease processes.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: How important is it to record the AV-ratio or should we measure retinal diameters with objective methods?

    Description: The lecture will cover current guidelines and methods of how AV-ratio is recorded and what it means. It will explore the methods utilising retinal photographs to measure retinal vessel diameters objectively and provide a review of the literature on its value in clinical practice.

    As part of the lecture case records will be used from patients to illustrate the objective methods and their application.

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: 11:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Dr Shehzard Naroo

  • Biography

    Dr Shehzad Naroo is a reader at Aston University and teaches in the area of anterior eye. Shehzad's research interests include laser refractive surgery, cataract and lens surgery, intraocular lenses, corneal biomechanics, contact lenses, sports vision and business aspects of the UK eye health care. He has authored and co-authored around 150 publications (including peer-reviewed, editorials, textbook chapters, non-peer-reviewed etc.) and given over 200 international presentations (including keynote addresses). Shehzad did his first degree at Aston University and a Masters and then a Doctorate degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. he is an examiner for the UK College of Optometrists, an assessor for the UK General Optical Council and an expert witness in medico-legal ophthalmic cases. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Contact Lens and Anterior Eye' and in 2014 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association. He is the Global President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He is a visiting Professor to the King Saud University in Riyadh, the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut and the Al-Shifa Eye Trust in Pakistan. In 2015 he was given the 'International Optometrist Award' by the World Council of Optometry.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Do modern multifocal CLs mean the end of monovision?

    Description: Fitting multifocal CLs should no longer be considered a speciality. The lenses have been more predictable and success is even better than ever. The newer designs mean that the CLs give better patient satisfaction. Does this mean we should not move away from monovision completely? This lecture examines the argument and provides a novel explanation of visual corte x activity that occurs with monovision and what this means in terms of adaptation.

    Location: Future Practice

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: 13:30

    CET Points: 1 Point

Dr Felicity de Cogan

  • Biography

    Felicity qualified for her MChem (Hons) in 2008 from the University of York. She then moved to the University of Manchester to undertake a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Biomaterials under Professor Julie Gough and Dr Simon Webb. After graduating in 2012 she moved to the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham for her first post-doctoral post looking at modifying the surface of medical implants to create smart materials. Following this she was offered a fellowship at the Medical School at the University of Birmingham. She was recently awarded an ARVO fellowship and has started building the ocular drug delivery team.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Dropping the needle

    Description: The lecture describes novel drug delivery technologies being developed at the University of Birmingham. These utilise ground breaking mechanisms to deliver ocular drugs such as anti-VEGF therapies to the posterior segment of the eye from eye drops. This removes the need for intravitreal injections and all their associated side effects. It also empowers patients helping them to administer their own treatment, while reducing the financial burden on the NHS.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: 12:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Dr Mariya Moosajee

  • Biography

    Dr Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She graduated with First Class Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2000, Medicine (MBBS) in 2003, and was awarded her PhD in Molecular Ophthalmology in 2009 all from Imperial College London. She completed her NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, in 2016 and became the first Ophthalmologist to be awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Development Fellowship. Her current clinical focus is developing a Genomic Medicine service for children and adults affected with genetic eye disease.

    Dr Moosajee leads a research group at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and her specialist interest is understanding the molecular basis of genetic eye disease, both ocular malformations and inherited retinal disease, using relevant disease models, human induced pluripotent stem cell derived retinal cells and medical bioinformatics. Her research has brought her international and national acclaim winning over 25 prizes including twice winner of the Foulds Trophy awarded by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Best Young Scientist Prize by the European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society, and the Members-in-Training Prize from the Association of Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Through dissecting the molecular and cellular pathways of disease, Dr Moosajee and her team have identified therapeutic targets and developed treatment strategies, including nonsense suppression therapy, which is applicable to a wide range of inherited eye disorders.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Making sense of genetic nonsense- A treatment for inherited eye disease

    Description: Nonsense mutations are estimated to cause up to 70% of human genetic disease, including inherited retinal disorders for which there is no effective treatment available. Over one-third of CHM gene mutations causing choroideremia, and 50% of RP1 and CRB1 mutations causing dominant retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and recessive CRB1-related Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), respectively, are due to in-frame premature termination codons. Dr Moosajee has shown that traditional aminoglycoside drugs, such as gentamicin (known to suppress the fidelity of the ribosome during protein synthesis so that a near cognate amino acid could be inserted instead of a release factor at the premature termination codon site resulting in partial restoration of full-length, functional protein), showed phenotypic and functional rescue in cellular and zebrafish models of choroideremia and ocular coloboma. However, clinical application was restricted due to significant drug-related oto- and nephro-toxicity. 

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: 15:45

    CET Points: 1 Point

Fiona Rowe

  • Biography

    Dr. Fiona Rowe is a Reader in orthoptics and health services research at the University of Liverpool and an NIHR Research Fellow. She is associate-editor-in-chief for the journal Strabismus, associate editor for BMC Ophthalmology, chair of the regional AHP research network, Cochrane Eyes and Vision group editor and a mentor for the National Institute of Health Research clinical academic research scheme. Her research interests include visual impairment due to acquired brain injury (particularly stroke), visual field evaluation and control of ocular alignment. Dr. Rowe is the author of two textbooks: ‘Clinical Orthoptics’ and ‘Visual fields via the visual pathway’, co-author on four book chapters, and has presented and published her research extensively.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Management of visual impairment following stroke

    Description: Dr Fiona Rowe will explore the range of rehabilitation options for visual field loss, eye movement defects, central visual impairment and visual perceptual disorders. In this lecture, she will also discuss the background of evidence-based rehabilitation options versus ‘traditional’ options.

    Location: Optical Academy

    Date: 29/01/18

    Start Time: 13:00

    CET Points: 1 Point