My research concentrates on a neuro-degenerative genetic disorder called Huntington’s Disease. This is a systemic condition that results in abnormalities in motor co-ordination including difficulties swallowing, speaking, involuntary movements and abnormal posture. As the disease progresses there is a deterioration in mental function resulting in deficits in short & long term memory, eventually resulting in dementia. Behavioural changes (depression, disinhibition, altered sexuality, etc.) are also a characteristic symptom of Huntington’s disease. There are currently no treatments available, and the disease is eventually fatal.
I am specifically looking at how eye movements are affected by Huntington’s Disease using an eye tracker. This is important as a better understanding of the relationship between eye movements and the progression of Huntington’s Disease would provide a much needed tool to assess the success of emerging treatment strategies in clinical trials.
I am a Clinical Teacher for the first year Optometric Dispensing Module
Innovation and Engagement:
2012 - Demonstrator & guide during a Monmouthshire Science Initiative visit to the Cardiff School of Optometry & Vision Sciences
2014 – Present STEMNET Ambassador