Researcher

Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith

My Expertise

Optometry, Ophthalmology, Vision Science, Eye disease, Retina, Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa

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Biography

SEE MY NEW PHD PROJECT HERE

 

SEE MY NEW HONOURS / ILP / MOptom PROJECTS (Project 1, Project 2, Project 3, Project 4

 

My research interests lie in improving early detection, diagnosis and understanding of retinal disease, particularly macular degeneration. I am specifically interested in studying retinal remodeling - a process where the cells remaining in the diseased retina change their shape, connections & location. I am trying to detect...view more

SEE MY NEW PHD PROJECT HERE

 

SEE MY NEW HONOURS / ILP / MOptom PROJECTS (Project 1, Project 2, Project 3, Project 4

 

My research interests lie in improving early detection, diagnosis and understanding of retinal disease, particularly macular degeneration. I am specifically interested in studying retinal remodeling - a process where the cells remaining in the diseased retina change their shape, connections & location. I am trying to detect remodelling with advanced eye imaging devices currently used in clinical practice by optometrists and ophthalmologists as this may help predict which individuals are at most risk of vision loss from macular degeneration. This can lead to better diagnosis and tailored management.

I also work to understand related photoreceptor degenerations such as Retinitis Pigmentosa as well as collaborate with bionic eye engineers at UNSW to design devices that account for remodelling and make them more effective at restoring sight advanced eye imaging technologies.

My current research projects are listed below in My Research Activities. You can also find more information on my research at the Centre For Eye Health Research Group and the Retinal Networks Laboratory 

You can also follow my research on Facebook and Twitter


My Grants

  • 2020: NHMRC Investigator Grant: "Understanding inner retinal remodelling to improve clinical outcomes for individuals with macular degeneration" Value: $640K
  • 2019: Rebecca L Cooper Foundation: "Novel techniques to improve classification of individuals with macular degeneration" Value: $100K
  • 2019: UNSW RIS Grant: "OCT High Magnification Module" Value: $12K
  • 2018: UNSW RIS Grant: "COMPASS Microperimeter" Value: $55K
  • 2017: UNSW RIS Grant: "Spectralis OCTA" Value: $99K
  • 2016: UNSW Early Career Research Grant: “Late-stage remodelling in retinal degeneration” Value: $8.5K
  • 2015: UNSW Early Career Research Grant: “The metabolic actions of vinpocetine in the treatment of ocular ischaemia” Value: $11K
  • 2015: UNSW MREII Grant: "Tissue Culture Facility" Value: $96K
  • 2014: UNSW Early Career Research Grant: “Transneuronal degradation in the visual cortex of rodents with retinal damage” Value: $10K
  • 2013: UNSW Faculty Research Grant: “Glutamate receptor functionality of bipolar cells in ocular disease” Value: $21K

My Qualifications

  • FAAO; Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (American Academy of Optometry, 2016)
  • PhD in Cell Biology/Tissue Engineering (University of Sydney, 2011)
  • BSc Hons in Molecular Biology and Genetics (University of Sydney, 2006)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND SERVICE POSITIONS

  • 2018 - Current: Editor-in-Chief, Vision Re/Habilitation International (formerly the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility)
  • 2017 - Current: Associate Editor, Clinical and Experimental Optometry
  • 2016 - Current: Member, International Society of Eye Research
  • 2016 - Current: Member, American Academy of Optometry
  • 2014 - Current: Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthamology
  • 2011- 2016: Member, Australasian Neuroscience Society
  • 2011 - Current: Expert reviewer for Optometry journals (please see Publons for details)
  • 2008 - 2010:  Member, Australian Society of Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

My Awards

  • 2019: UNSW Dean of Science Impact Communication Award
  • 2019: UNSW Presidents Award for Embraces Diversity (as part of the UNSW Women's Science Champions) 
  • 2016: Ian Potter travel award, American Academy of Optometry, Anaheim, USA
  • 2015: CASS travel award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthamology, Seattle, USA
  • 2010: Travel Award, Australian Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Conference, QLD, AUSTRALIA
  • 2010: Poster Prize, Elastin and Elastic Fibers Gordon Research Conference, Biddeford, MA
  • 2008: Poster Prize, Bosch Scientific Meeting, University of Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • 2008: Travel Award, Lorne Proteins Conference, VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • 2007: Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2006: University Medal, University of Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • 2006: Roslyn Flora Galston Prize for Biochemistry, University of Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • 2006: Honours Scholarship, University of Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA

My Research Activities


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  • PhD
  • Masters
  • M(Optom)
  • Honours
  • Independent Learning Project (ILP; medicine)
  • Vacation scholarships

Currently supervising

  • PhD: Mr Matt Trinh
  • PhD: Mr Hallur Reynisson
  • Honours: Ms Natalie Eshow
  • Final year optometry: Ms Ji Hye Hwang and Ms Elain Zheng
  • Final year optometry: Ms Tithi Roy and Ms Alvia Faiza

My Engagement


My Teaching

  • VISN2111 (Ocular Anatomy and Physiology)         Lecturer and Tutor for retinal anatomy and physiology
  • OPTM3205 (Disease Processes of the Eye 2)       Lecturer for diabetes pathophysiology and ocular inflammation
  • OPTM5171/OPTM5271 (Research Project 5A/B)  Research supervisor 

 

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Location

Office: Centre for Eye Health, Rupert Myers Building Sth
Lab: Rm 2.031, Rupert Myers Building Nth

Contact

+61 2 8115 0791
+61 2 8115 0799