Our 2019 Keynote Speakers
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Professor Allison McKendrick, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Melbourne University
She is currently the secretary of the Imaging and Perimetric Society; a director of Optometry Victoria and has been head of department of Optometry & Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne since 2014. Her research aims to better understand normal visual processing and damage due to disease. Her laboratory has specific interests in the study of glaucoma, migraine, and the process of normal aging.
The applied aims include developing better clinical tests for the assessment of vision loss (in particular perimetry and ocular imaging), and improving understanding of the consequences of vision loss on performance in natural visual environments and day-to-day tasks. Her current research uses a variety of methods including visual psychophysics, human electrophysiology and human brain and ocular imaging.
She is committed to improving the standard of care in optometry and has a passion for evidence based optometry, ocular disease and clinical research. Angelica strives to be a supporting resource to optometrists, to gain and share knowledge so that optometrists may deliver the best possible care to their patients.
As well as presenting at ARVO and other conferences, she has published articles in Optometry and Vision Science, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Clinical and Experimental Optometry and Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science.
Dr Jack Phu, Lead Clinician (Glaucoma), CFEH
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. As a clinician-researcher, he evenly divides his time at the Centre into clinical, teaching and research roles. His clinical duties predominantly involve the care of patients with glaucoma, and he leads the angle closure disease clinic. His teaching duties include ocular diseases, therapeutics and visual neuroscience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research focuses on glaucoma, retinal disease, structure-function relationships in the eye and visual psychophysics.
He has published his research extensively in scientific journals, and he has been awarded numerous prizes for his research, including the Optometric Glaucoma Society Ezell Fellowship in 2016. He is also a regular contributor to the optometric profession, presenting at domestic and international clinical and scientific conferences.