Researcher

Dr Barbara Zangerl

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

I have investigated various aspects of inherited and complex eye disorders ranging from the molecular basis and disease pathogenesis to the development of therapy and  improvement of clinical diagnosis. Ongoing projects are focused on understanding the development and changes of sensory systems, specifically the visual system over time and with disease, and consolidated this knowledge to develop optimising eye health care service models.

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I have investigated various aspects of inherited and complex eye disorders ranging from the molecular basis and disease pathogenesis to the development of therapy and  improvement of clinical diagnosis. Ongoing projects are focused on understanding the development and changes of sensory systems, specifically the visual system over time and with disease, and consolidated this knowledge to develop optimising eye health care service models.

My continuing research interests largely revolve around chronic, progressive disorders, foremost glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as these are major concerns in our society. Current investigations firstly aim to identify new clinical markers to enable early detection and intervention for these conditions. My second, equally important research goal emphasises the implementation of such knowledge in the form of improved technology, assessment or interpretation of clinical data within ophthalmic professions as well as collaborative care models.

 

Education

Dr.med.vet. (equivalent PhD in Genetics; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1999)

MVM (equivalent DVM, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1996)

MN, University of Sydney, 2018

 

RESEARCH

Current Student Projects (PhD and undergrad)

How many ganglion cells respond to a visual field stimulus?

How does retinal eccentricity drive the structure-visual function relationship?

Segmenting the Structure-Function Dilemma in Glaucoma

Systematic glaucoma screening and diagnostic effectiveness: improving patient outcomes through early detection

Identification of clinical predictors for conversion and progression of glaucoma

Evaluation of novel collaborative care models

Identification of clinical predictors for diabetes related risk, progression, and complications

Integration of new techniques, such as virtual reality, to improve functional vision assessments

Optomisation of eye health care delivery in Australia

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

Courses I serve as supervisor on

OPTM5171: Research project 5A (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2014/OPTM5171.html)

OPTM5271: Research project 5B (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2014/OPTM5271.html)

OPTM7108: Research skills in Optometry (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2013/OPTM7108.html)

 

Professional affiliations

Member of the Australian College of Nursing

Member of the Imaging and Perimetry Society

Member of the Beta Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta at UPenn

Member of The International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG)

Member of The Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Honors student scholarship, University Of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1992

Honors student scholarship, University Of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1993

Honors student scholarship, University Of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1994

Young scholar presentation award, 28th International Conference on Animal Genetics, Göttingen, Germany, 2002


My Qualifications

PhD, DVM, MN, RN

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Location

Centre for Eye Health
UNSW Australia
Rupert Myers Building (south wing), Room 1.090
Barker Street, Gate 14
Kensington NSW 2052


Contact

+61 2 8115 0793
+61 2 8115 0799