Lee McIlreavy

Lee McIlreavy

Research student

 

Teaching Summary

  • 2012 - 2013: Clinical demonstrator for BSc (Hons) Optometry, 1st year module Optometric Dispensing and Appliances 
  • 2012 - Present: Clinical demonstrator for BSc (Hons) Optometry, 2nd year module Clinical Studies and Dispensing 
  • 2013 Present: Clinical demonstrator for BSc (Hons) Optometry 2nd year module Binocular Vision and Optometric Neurophysiology

Honours and awards 

  • 2009-2010: Institutional Review Board for Human Studies, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. 
  • 2006: Summer Research Scholarship, College of Optometrists, UK.

Speaking engagements 

  • October 2012: Nystagmus Network Open Day, School of Optometry, Cardiff University / Nystagmus Network.  .  Presentation of current nystagmus research at the School of Optometry and answering questions on aspects of nystagmus including waveform, associated conditions and visual functioning.
  • March 2013: Science in Health Live, School of Medicine, Cardiff University / University Hospital of Wales. Demonstration to introduce high school students to the function of eye movements and how they are recorded in the course of basic research and clinical diagnosis
  • March 2013: Brain Games, Cardiff School of Psychology, Cardiff University / Wellcome Trust.  Demonstration of a series of visual illusions aimed at children aged 8-11 to find out more about how their brain works.
  • October 2013: Nystagmus Network Open Day, School of Optometry, Cardiff University / Nystagmus Network.  Presentation of current nystagmus research at the School of Optometry and answering questions on aspects of nystagmus including waveform, associated conditions and visual functioning

 

Undergraduate Education

  • 2004-2007: BSc (Hons) Optometry, University of Ulster

Postgraduate Education

  • 2012 - Present: PhD Vision Science, Cardiff University (PSYCH/OPTOM)

Employment

  • 2008-2010: Research fellow with Dr Peter Bex, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. 
  • 2007-2008: Pre-registration optometrist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

Research interests

Research Summary

I conduct basic research, using eye tracking and computer-based tasks, to investigate motion perception resulting from normal and abnormal development of the human visual system.

All visual input must be processed by the retinas before transmission to the visual cortex of the brain. However, eye movements are constantly directing the retinas to different objects in the environment.  Yet, despite this incessant motion of the retinas, the environment is usually perceived as stationary.

A number of neuro-ophthamic conditions can produce continuous, pathological oscillations of the eyes (a sign called nystagmus) that may or may not result in an illusory motion of the environment (a symptom called oscillopsia).

The objective of my current research is to relate eye movements to measures of visual function and motion perception, in normal observers and in those with nystagmus, in an effort to better understand the perception of stationarity, oscillopsia and the consequences of inappropriate motion of the eyes

Research Group

Research Unit for Nystagmus (OPTOM)
Perception & Action (PSYCH) 

Funding

  • Fight for Sight / Nystagmus Network joint small grant award (2013-2014)
    £14,350 
  • Lee Mcilreavy (OPTOM/PSYCH), Prof Tom Freeman (PSYCH) & Dr Jon Erichsen, (OPTOM)
    Understanding the oscillopsia in nystagmus to provide a basis for treatment
  • BBSRC PhD studentship (2012-2015)
  • Prof Tom Freeman (PSYCH) & Dr Jon Erichsen, (OPTOM)
Jon Erichsen

Professor Jonathan Erichsen

Professor of Visual Neuroscience