Providing funds for local research and vision care projects
New Zealand Optometric Vision Research Foundation
Summary of Research Grants 1987-2020
Total Value of 85 Grants Awarded Approximately $910,565
- Screen colour and CCTV reading performance. R Jacobs, 1987.
- A comparison of refractive components in youth onset and early adult onset myopia. T Grosvenor, 1988.
- Sports vision analysis of Auckland rhythmic gymnasts. P Hulme, B Howes, 1988.
- Vision and learning difficulties. J Anstice, S Kemp, 1988.
- Computerisation of colour vision test. G Sanderson, P Sharp, 1989.
- Evaluation of near glare test. C Beckman, 1989.
- Optical and neural contributions to visual dysfunction. R Scott, R Jacobs, 1989.
- Non-invasive measurement of retinal capillary blood flow and the foveal avascular zone. M Yap, 1990.
- Characterisation of human corneal thickness. P Herse, 1990.
- Factors affecting corneal hydration. P Herse, 1991.
- Tonic accommodation and the development of myopia. L Garner, M Yap, 1991.
- Colour vision test. L Tomlinson, 1991.
- Lens cataract prevention in diabetes. J Kistler, P Donaldson, 1991.
- Clinical measurement of discomfort glare. R Jacobs, 1992.
- Microfluctuations in accommodation and ocular disease. H Owens, 1992.
- Crystalline lens in ametropia. R Scott , 1992.
- A study of the possible emmetropizing mechanism in the mature eye. T Grosvenor, C Ooi, 1993.
- Physical fatigue and visual performance. M Yap, 1993.
- Visual acuity measurement: how much difference is there between the two eyes? B Brown, 1993.
- A longitudinal study of changes in the ocular components of school children. L Garner, M Yap, R Kinnear, M Frith, 1994.
- Juvenile onset myopia: the effect of light on growth factors and differentiation in retinal cells. L Garner, P Penfold, G Cooper, J Marbrook, 1995.
- Mapping perceived colour space. J Kirkland, 1995.
- Comparison of electrode types in topographical ERG. N Mohindin, M Yap, R Jacobs, 1995.
- Effect of age on amplitude and latency of topographical ERG. N Mohindin, M Yap, R Jacobs, 1995.
- Tear film analysis in keratoconus. G Watters, H Owens, M Yap, 1995.
- The relationship between the Stiles-Crawford effect and myopia. S Choi, L Garner, 1996.
- Development of models of the optical structure of the crystalline lens. L Garner, G Smith, 1996.
- Visualising cell-to-cell signaling in the ciliary body. P Donaldson, 1997.
- Experimental myopia: scleral creep during induction, suppression and recovery in chick. J Phillips, A Collins, 1997.
- A longitudinal study of changes in the ocular components in school children. L Garner, 1997.
- An investigation of methods of determining astigmatic refractive error for patients with low vision. Ms Yun Fan, Dr Rob Jacobs, 1998. $9,000
- A longitudinal study of changes in the ocular components in schoolchildren. Prof Leon Garner, 1999. $12,300
- Morphological and cellular changes in the human cornea with orthokeratology. Dr Jennifer Craig, Dr Helen Owens, Prof Charles McGhee, 1999. $15,000
- Development of a computerised system for assessing tears spreading rates in dry eye and post-refractive surgery. Dr Helen Owens, Dr John Phillips, 2000. $15,000
- A longitudinal study of changes in the ocular components in schoolchildren. Prof Leon Garner, 2000. $10,070
- Corneal topographic analysis and genetic testing of keratoconic families in New Zealand. Dr Helen Owens, Dr Stephen Robertson, 2001. $15,000
- The impact of tear film disorders and marginal lid disease on human conjunctival cell morphology and the expression of inflammatory markers. Dr Jennifer Craig, Dr Andreas Müller, 2001. $15,000
- Mapping kainite drive in inner retinal neurons using a channel permeable cation (agmatine). Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2001. $17,550
- Neuron/glial metabolic coupling: identifying metabolic markers secondary to retinal insult. Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2002. $10,000
- Mechanisms of emmetropisation in the ageing eye – the first 10-year follow-up. Mr Chuan Ooi, Prof Ted Grosvenor, Prof Leon Garner, 2002. $12,400
- Mapping visual function in central and peripheral retina: effect of LASIK surgery. Dr Helen Owens, Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2002. $20,000
- Neuron/glial metabolic coupling: identifying metabolic markers secondary to retinal insult (Year 2). Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2003. $13,420
- Mapping visual function in central and peripheral retina: effect of LASIK surgery (Year 2). Dr Helen Owens, Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2003. $17,900
- The role of sodium channels in retinal health and disease. Dr Brendan O’Brien, 2003. $11,695
- Control of axial eye length in guinea pig: the role of myofibroblasts in the sclera (Year 1). Dr Phillips, Dr Bumsted O’Brien & Mr Simon Backhouse, 2004. $15,000
- Effect of ischemia-related retinal disorders on the optokinetic system. Dr O’Brien & Mr Horler, 2004. $12,553
- Short-term energy metabolism in the retina: Characterisation of the creatine transporter in normal and retinal degeneration. Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2004. $10,000
- The genetic basis of myopia in dogs. Dr John Phillips, Ms Joanne Black, 2005. $12,170
- Short-term energy metabolism in the retina: Characterisation of the creatine transporter in normal and retinal degeneration. Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2005. $10,500
- Control of axial length in guinea pig: role of myofibroblasts in the sclera. Dr John Phillips, Mr Simon Backhouse, 2005. $11,850
- Dual-focus Inhibition of Myopia Evaluation in New Zealand (DIMENZ). Dr John Phillips, Ms Nicola Anstice, 2006. $13,500
- Retinal Fireworks: shedding light on the starburst amacrine cell. Dr Brendan J O’Brien, 2006. $15,000
- Summer Studentship. A rat model of human retinitis pigmentosa. Tzu-Ying (Sandy) Yu (Prof Michael Kalloniatis supervisor), 2006. $5,000
- Neuroprotective effect of vinpocetine in retina ischemia and anoxia. Dr Monica Acosta, Dr Brendan O’Brien, Prof Michael Kalloniatis, 2007. $10,850
- Summer Studentship. The University of Auckland, 2007. $5,000
- Summer Studentship. The University of Auckland, 2008. $5,000
- Promoting plasticity in visual cortex with anti-depressant drugs. Dr Ben Thompson, 2009. $18,000
- Auckland Refractive Error Study. Dr Geraint Phillips, Ms Nicola Anstice, A/Prof Rob Jacobs, 2009. $15,000
- Summer Studentship. Psychophysical measurements of depth perception and blur adaptation. Erin Tan (Dr Ben Thompson supervisor), 2009. $5,000
- Anatomy and physiology of the human normal and detached retina. Dr Monica Acosta, A/Prof Polkinghorne, 2010. $15,744
- Summer Studentship. Perinatal light exposure in chick and its effect on refractive development. Ally Xue (Dr Simon Backhouse supervisor), 2010. $6,000
- Refractive development of the eye following pre-term birth in sheep. Dr Nicola Anstice, 2011. $12,115
- Correlation of corneal nerve microstructure and function with peripheral nerve neuropathy in diabetes. Dr Jennifer Craig, Ms Stuti Misra, 2011. $11,000
- A laser ray-tracing system for mapping the 3D refractive index of ex-vivo lenses. Dr Eshan Vaghefi, 2011. $11,000
- Development of aids for colour deficient optometrists. A/Professor Rob Jacobs, 2012. $19,552
- Enhancing the impact of animal models in the study of age related macular degeneration. Dr Monica Acosta, 2013. $25,000
- Long-term visual outcomes in children born extremely preterm. Dr Joanna Black, 2014. $25,000
- Physiological optics: upgrading a ray-tracing system to measuring 3D refractive indices of in-vitro lenses. Dr Ehsan Vaghefi,2014. $15,000
- In vivo exploration of the potential of UVC for treating corneal infections. Dr Jennifer Craig, 2014. $15,000
- Using remote eye-tracking to assess visual function in infants and toddlers. Prof Steven Dakin, 2014. $15,000
- Investigating the visual function of primary school children in Tonga in the context of general health. Dr Lisa Hamm, 2015. $11,994
- Improving the efficacy of the B4 School Check vision screening programme. Dr Nicola Anstice, 2015. $10,000
- Vision and visual development in children with prenatal exposure to alcohol. Assoc Prof Ben Thompson, 2015. $10,000
- The xCT knockout mouse: a tool for studying the role of the cystine-glutamate antiporter in the retina. Dr Julie Lim, 2016. $10,000
- The effect of optical defocus on choroidal perfusion. Dr John Phillips, 2016. $10,000
- Exploring intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Miss Ally Xue, 2016. $10,000
- Viability and efficacy of orthokeratology contact lens wear for hyperopes and presbyopes. Mr Jagrut Lallu, 2016. $8,000
- What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – contact lens disinfectants and bacterial virulence in corneal infections. Dr Isabella Cheung, 2017. $19,777
- Visual field testing in a virtual world. Dr Phil Turnbull, 2017. $10,000
- Biochemical and molecular mechanisms of diabetic retinopathy – what exacerbates the condition? Dr Monica Acosta, 2018. $13,500
- The double edged sword effect of reactive oxygen species in the lens: a new approach to the design of anti-cataract therapies. Dr Julie Lim, 2018. $13,500
- A custom-built objective monitor of spectacle wear in preschool children with amblyopia. Dr Joanna Black, 2018. $10,000
- Development of an enhanced database of retinal images acquired using smartphone-based ophthalmoscope. Mr Renoh Chalakkal, 2019. $6,500
- Retinal microglia: novel molecular markers to diagnose early stage diabetic retinopathy. Associate Professor Monica Acosta, 2020. $15,000
- Exploring the role of the inflammasome in diabetic retinopathy. Dr Lola Mugisho, 2020. $10,000
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