SEMINAR: "Inside or outside, what’s best for your eyes?"
Excessive UV exposure can be damaging for your skin and your eyes. However, lack of time spent outdoors increases the risk of myopia. Data from the Raine, Busselton, Kidskin, Australian Twin Registry, WA liked data and the WA Eye Protection Study are helping to identify the optimal time outdoors. Trials of low dose Atropine suggest this may slow myopia progression but genetic studies identifying underlying molecular pathways should lead to new therapeutic options.
A University of Tasmania medical graduate, David completed his ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. After an MD thesis on Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (University of Melbourne) he completed fellowships in the US (Johns Hopkins) and UK (Moorfields and Great Ormond St) in genetic eye diseases.
David has studied genetic and environmental factors involved in eye disease for over 25 years; however, his major works centre on the optic nerve: glaucoma, autosomal dominant optic atrophy and the genetics of optic nerve biometry. For this body of work he was awarded an Alcon Research Institute award (2010).
He is currently Regional Secretary (Australian & New Zealand) and Chair of the Membership committee of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology; Executive Committee member of the Glaucoma Research Society; and Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia. He was on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Council (2011-16) and immediate past-President, International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma.
David was a member of the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee (2012-2015) and the NHMRC Panel for the evidence based medicine guidelines for glaucoma (2009-2010). He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Science Course sub –committee since 2011 and re-wrote the chapters on genetics.
Professor David Mackey
McCusker Auditorium, Ground Floor, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, 6 Verdun Street Nedlands 6009
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00
Fiona Mackenzie <[email protected]>
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:24
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