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Orthoptics Australia unveils international speakers for online conference

Orthoptics Australia’s (OA) annual conference will be delivered differently this year through a two-day online event, featuring a line-up of international speakers with expertise in myopia, neuro research, vision screening and paediatric eyecare.

The OA Online Weekend will be held on the 14 to 15 November 2020 instead of the annual face-to-face conference this year. This year’s event content will be available on-demand until 31 January 2021.

Saw Seang Mei.

The event will include keynote sessions presented by eminent speakers, including research and clinical presentations from orthoptists and eye health researchers from around the world.

Eight speakers have been announced, including Professor Saw Seang Mei from the National University of Singapore who is currently Professor of Ophthalmology Research and head of the Myopia Unit at the Singapore Eye Research Institute.

Anna Horwood.

She will be joined by Professor Anna Horwood from the University of Reading in the UK. She is Professor of Orthoptics and Visual Development, as well as a co-investigator on the EUscreen Project looking at more efficient and cost-effective child vision screening.

The event will also feature Dr Carla Lanca, a Research Fellow at the Myopia Unit within the Singapore Eye Research Institute who is the project coordinator of the Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) myopia study. Her areas of research expertise include myopia and strabismus.

Lauren Hepworth.

Other speakers include; Dr Lauren Hepworth, a stroke specialist orthoptist from the University of Liverpool, UK; Ms Leena Patel, an education lead orthoptist and aneuro-orthoptist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London; Dr Anna O’Connor, a UK-based orthoptist with more than 20 years of research experience; Dr Claire Howard, a stroke/neuro specialist research orthoptist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust; and Professor Fiona Rowe, a Professor of Orthoptics and Health Services Research at the University ofLiverpool.

Leena Patel.

Sessions will be followed by live Q&As, giving delegates a chance to interact with speakers.

Exhibitors will be available online throughout the event as part of the virtual exhibition to display and discuss new and efficient ways to meet delegates orthoptic needs.

More information can be found here.

Dr Claire Howard is a stroke/neuro specialist research orthoptist based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.