Optegra partnership with Aston University

Aston University recently hosted a workshop in partnership with Optegra, specialist provider of ophthalmic services, to explore potential research collaborations between the two organisations.

The workshop showcased the wide range of groundbreaking, innovative and applicable research which is currently being undertaken by academics at Aston on the general theme of eyes, brains and e-healthcare. The event was extremely well attended, with academics and postgraduate students from Aston University, as well representatives from Optegra and Telehealth Solutions (THSL) taking part.

The event was opened by Professor Helen Griffiths, Executive Dean, School of Life and Health Sciences and included presentations from Gareth Steer, Optegra’s Managing Director, Dr Clare O’Donnell, Optegra’s Head of Eye Sciences and Donal Markey, Clinical Director from THSL.  In addition to her role at Optegra Eye Sciences, Dr O’Donnell has an appointment as a Reader at Aston University.

Other members of academic staff from Aston University were also on hand to exhibit their latest research. Dr Nichola Logan gave an overview of her group’s novel research into myopia development in children; Dr Leon Davis gave an update on his innovative work into presbyopia and Dr Frank Eperjesi discussed his varied research interests encompassing nutrition, macular pigment, tear film and ocular aberrations.  Dr Kate Sugden from Aston University’s world renowned Institute of Photonic Technologies also presented her work on understanding the issues involved with OCT technology, which is increasingly being used in ophthalmology.

Professor Helen Griffiths from Aston University said: “The School of Life and Health Sciences has an excellent track record of successful collaborations with companies both large and small. We’re proud of our existing relationships with industry and we are always keen to talk to new potential partners.

“This research showcase with Optegra gave us the opportunity to see if our areas of expertise could benefit Optegra by helping to enhance their competitive strategic development. We hope that this event will increase our joint activities with Optegra in the future.”

For information about Optegra please visit www.optegra.com; for information on industry collaborations with Aston University contact the Business Partnership Unit on 0121 204 4242 or bpu@aston.ac.uk.

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