13 June 2023
Clinical Vision Research Fellow Marianne Coleman had a busy May meeting collaborators old and new to discuss research opportunities. Beginning in Sydney, Marianne visited the UNSW Eye Clinic with Nellie Deen, the Centre for Eye Health and also met the President of Orthoptics Australia and visited the University of Technology Sydney orthoptic training facilities. Marianne also presented a poster at NSW Fall Prevention and Healthy Ageing Network Forum, showing that normative stereoacuity thresholds in older adults vary by test used, and that average stereopsis is reduced in older adults living with dementia.
Marianne’s next stop was the Gold Coast for the Australian Dementia Research Forum where she shared her researcher journey and experiences of the sponsorship programme, in which she received expert mentorship from National Health and Medical Research Council’s Emerging Leadership Fellow Dr Monica Cations. She also presented a poster at the event, encouraging people living with dementia to disclose their diagnosis to the optometrist to enable appropriate adaptations to be made before, during and after the appointment.
Marianne’s trip to Sydney was funded by the Nicola Family Fund and her trip to present at the Australian Dementia Research Forum was funded by the Dementia Australia Research Foundation.