March 23-25th 2017


Thanks for attending our Nelson conference

Links from the conference talks from Professor Fiona Stapleton are:

Good AK (acanthamoeba keratitis) information websites:

Wearer and practitioner education


Keynote Speakers:

Marc Bloomenstein OD, FAAODr. 

Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology. He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998 and is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), serving as President from 2009-2011. Moreover, Dr. Bloomenstein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry and Arizona College of Optometry.
Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Advanced Ocular Care, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein currently serves as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 500 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.

Ken K. Nischal, MD, FRCOphth

  • Division Chief, Pediatric Ophtalmology, Strabismus and Adult Motility
  • Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Director of International Business – Ophthalmology
  • Director, Pediatric Program Development, UPMC Eye Center

Dr. Nischal attended King’s College Hospital Medical School, University of London and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Oxford Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom.  He completed his fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and prior to joining Children’s in 2011, he was at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Nischal is a pioneer in Pediatric Anterior Segment disease and surgery.  He has described innovative surgical techniques, disease classification and management algorithms.  He is evidence based and protocol driven in terms of clinical practice, and uses clinical audit to define management outcomes.

Professor Fiona Stapleton, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia

Fiona was awarded her PhD from City University and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London for her research on the pathogenesis and epidemiology of contact lens-related disease and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University College London. Fiona is a clinical scientist with expertise in epidemiology and clinical research in the fields of corneal infection, dry eye and contact lens related disease.

She holds numerous memberships and executive affiliations with scientific organisations, is a regular reviewer for a range of journals, belongs to the international editorial board of three journals, has more than 215 peer-reviewed publications, has contributed 20 chapters to textbooks and published one book. She has contributed to the last three Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society International Workshop and acted more recently as subcommittee chair and member of the steering committee for both the Contact Lens Discomfort and DEWS II workshops. She is an international advisor to the Asia Cornea Society Infectious Keratitis study.

She is vice president of the International Society for Contact Lens Research.  In 2011 she received the University of Houston College of Optometry award for Distinguished Research in Cornea & Contact Lenses and in 2012 she received both the American Academy of Optometry Max Shapero and Garland Clay awards and delivered the British Contact Lens Association Pioneers Lecture. In 2015, she received the British Contact Lens Association Medal. She is a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Therapies section of the American Academy of Optometry.

Prof Charles McGhee,

MB, BSc(Hons), PhD, DSc,  FRCS(G), FRCOphth, FRANZCO, FRSA. New Zealand.

Charles’s clinical interests include corneal diseases such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and complex anterior segment surgery following trauma. His ongoing research has a clinical bias towards aspects of corneal disease and cataract and refractive surgery.

Invited speaker:

Associate Professor Trevor Sherwin

Trevor’s research team at the University of Auckland specializes in applying regenerative medicine solutions to ocular disorders. Currently the team is focusing on the use of stem cells and cell reprogramming to regenerate corneal tissue. Two international patents focus on the restoration of innervation following ocular surgery, rebuilding the corneal stroma of keratoconic patients and ultimately at the resolution of myopia through a short-term eye drop treatment.

Trevor gained his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in 1989. From there he took up an academic position at the University of Manchester where he specialised in molecular parasitology. Trevor moved to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland in 1998 to begin targeting corneal dystrophies and disorders using ocular stem cells, cell reprogramming and corneal engineering.

Trevor has published over 80 papers, including articles in the top ranking premier journals Nature, Science and Cell, has received 3500 citations in the scientific literature and has a current h-Index of 31.

Trevor has received over $5 million in research funding to advance his group’s work and has presented the results at many international venues as an invited speaker including a prestigious public lecture at the Natural History Museum in London.
See you in Nelson!