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Biography

Ian studied for his BSc and PhD in Optometry at the University of Aston in BIrmingham. He moved to the Department of Optometry at the University of Bradford as a research assistant investigating visual perception in patients with amblyopia in collaboration with Dr. Brendan Barrett. He was appointed as a lecturer in July 1999. He is currently Director of Studies for Optometry.

Research

Ians research interests are mainly in the areas of ocular imaging and visual perception of patients with amblyopia or glaucoma. Current work in amblyopia is aimed at: (1) evaluating the extent to which amblyopia should be considered to be a visually-disabling condition and (2) understanding the aetiology of amblyopia (including subtle structural deficits). Research in this area is being carried out in collaboration with Dr. Brendan Barrett and the team currently consists of two PhD students (Alison Bruce and Eve Panesar) and one post-doctoral research assistant (Dr. Marta Vianya. Some of the work in this area has benefitted from the support of the UKs Department of Health. Work in patients with glaucoma has been aimed at (1) investigating ocular structural associations and (2) developing novel techniques to investigate visual function. Both of these fit the broader aim of early detection of glaucomatous optic neuropathy and have provided the basis for two recently completed PhD theses (by Ganeshbabu T Mahalingam and José B Ares Gomez). Ian is also co-supervising a PhD student (Asieh Ehsaei) with Dr. Edward Mallen and Dr. Catharine Chisholm who is looking at the relationship between the structure and function of the myopic eye.