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The David Pickwell Lecture 2014

University of Bradford

The David Pickwell Lecture 2014

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The David Pickwell Lecture 2014

The David Pickwell Lecture 2014

Location: JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond building

Time: 6.30pm drinks reception, 7.00-8.15pm lecture

David Pickwell was Professor of Optometry at the University of Bradford until his retirement in 1992. He was influential and highly respected in the UK and internationally. He served the optometry profession and community in Yorkshire for over 40 years, and the University for over 25 years from its inception until
his retirement. He laid the foundation for Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science as we now know it. This is the fifth annual lecture to recognise the contribution of Professor David Pickwell.

Guest speaker: Dr J. Margaret Woodhouse PhD, OBE, Cardiff University

Presentation: Clinical Research in children's vision: how can we make a difference?

 Margaret (Maggie) Woodhouseis a qualified optometrist, who for the last 25 years, has specialised in clinical work and in research, in eye care for children and adults with disabilities.Maggie runs the only primary care clinic dedicated to children and adults with special needs in England and Wales. Her main research interest is visual development in children with Down’s syndrome. She has been instrumental in developing new tests and techniques to allow the assessment of vision in people with limited communication.

Lecture synopsis
Carrying out clinical research in children’s vision with an aim to improving practice involves much more than doing some experiments and publishing the result. Firstly, there is the issue of recruitment and retention of subjects; this means making the study sound appealing to both children and their parents. Secondly there is the conduct of the research; keeping the children engaged and involving the parents.Thirdly, there is the vexed question of dissemination of results; parents, educators and clinicians might not read scientific journals. While the University system demands ‘impact factors’, having a real impact on clinical and educational practice means communicating directly with the people who matter.Maggie will discuss her work on visual development in own’s syndrome to present examples of how we might tackle these issues so that the research really does make a difference.


1 CET point for Optometrists

Do you have questions about The David Pickwell Lecture 2014? Contact University of Bradford


University of Bradford Main Campus
Richmond Rd
JSB Lecture Theatre, D Floor, Richmond Building
BD7 1DP Bradford
United Kingdom

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