"Clinical research always piqued my interest as an optometrist. My dream to pursue PhD came true with a scholarship providing the opportunity to gain deep knowledge in human brain functions. With the incredible support of my supervisors, this PhD journey helped me to understand the persistence of higher order cognition and visual processing deficits in adult amblyopia patients"
"The instinct to strengthen my knowledge and skills led me to pursue a higher research degree. My research on optical measurement of the eye surfaces focuses on developing potential techniques to determine lens shapes in myopes and non-myopes which can be used for future clinical studies to assess lens shape during accommodation and refractive conditions."
"I am grateful for QUT and my supervisors. My research aims to develop a set of daily activities relevant to low lighting and understand the ability of visually impaired to perform them. Testing these abilities has become important for better understanding problems experienced under low lighting, designing measures to prevent falls and injuries, and in clinical trials of new treatment."
“Pursuing PhD in Optometry at QUT with scholarship provided an excellent opportunity to explore the blood vessels of eye using optical coherence tomography angiography that will help to obtain more accurate measures of blood vessel changes in eye diseases. With the incredible support of my supervisors, I was able to publish research articles in Q1 ranked journals.”
"I feel privileged to learn from passionate supervisors and have opportunities to develop my research and career skills. My research has the potential to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curricula in optometry programs, which would not be possible without the investment from my supervisory team or the university's financial support."
"My PhD thesis examined methods to evaluate peripheral ocular optics and visual performance. The PhD journey helped me to gain deep knowledge in human peripheral optics, myopia control research and adaptive optics system setup to evaluate and correct ocular aberrations. I am grateful to QUT for the scholarship, which provided financial support."
“I am grateful for a scholarship, enabling me to research the effect of chemotherapy on the ocular surface. I've had work accepted for a large vision science conference and a review paper in the journal Ocular Surface, on which I am the joint first author, made possible with the support and guidance of my supervisory team.”
“A higher degree program has grown my career as a biomedical engineer, through research to develop new computing techniques applied to the biomedical field. This would not have been possible without a scholarship. My research develops efficient deep learning algorithms to analyse images of the outer layers of the eye, enabling enhanced clinical decision making.”
Swee Chai Teoh
“Completing a PhD has enriched my knowledge and skills - and allowed me to grow in incredible ways. I'm now a better researcher, more skilled optometrist and competent researcher. My research provides insight in eye growth, potentially improving interventions to control development and progression of short-sightedness in children.”
“I aim to understand conditions impacting Indigenous children and ocular characteristics that can influence disease in adults. We've provided eye exams to almost 300 rural children. I contribute knowledge, develop critical thinking, network and enhance my communication. The skills can transfer into clinical practice and open career opportunities."
“As an optometrist, I had an interest in clinical research. My dream to pursue a PhD came true, with a scholarship to study ocular surface disease. The facilities and training at QUT are world-class. I am supported by my supervisors, enabling me to publish in a journal, develop clinical skills and learn research techniques. QUT is multicultural, enjoyable and friendly.”
Dr Rohan Hughes
“My PhD results showed changes that suggest potential mechanisms linking near work and childhood myopia development. I had a great experience in a collegial lab, with a supportive and knowledgeable team. A scholarship gave me financial stability, allowed me to focus on research and afforded travel to present my research across Australia and the world.”
“Eyes are my passion. Learning is a lifelong pursuit and a QUT scholarship enabled me to continue on that path. My research on ocular allergies aims to shed light on challenges encountered and possible causes unique to rural areas. The results should help understand ocular allergy and impacts on quality of life.”
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