Dr David Newsham PhD, MSc, DBO

Head of Orthoptics & Vision Science (Senior Lecturer) School of Health Sciences

Biography

Personal Statement

Dr Newsham leads the strategic development of the undergraduate orthoptic degree programme and postgraduate/CPD portfolio. His research interests are centred on paediatric ocular motility and visual function, particularly in the areas of amblyopia, suppression, diplopia and oculomotor control. He is a member of the Senior Management Team in the School of Health Sciences and Lead for Research & Scholarship.

Beyond the university he represents the UK & Ireland on the International Orthoptic Association where he is the Lead for Education and Research. Other roles include: Health & Care Professions Council Partner (Panel Member), represents the UK & Ireland on the European Orthoptic Education Committee, Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the quadrennial International Orthoptic Congress 2020, Member of the Education Committee of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, Editor of the British and Irish Orthoptic Journal (2012-16) and Member of the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee (Jan 2009 – Jan 2012) representing Allied Health Professions.

Personal Distinctions

  • Invited speaker at the quadrennial International Strabismological Association Congress, Washington, USA (Invitation to Speak, International Strabismological Association (ISA) 2018)
  • Squint Forum Prize Winner and Invited Speaker (Prize, Royal Society of Medicine 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, Hyderabad, India (Invitation to Speak, World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (WSPOS) 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the inaugural congress of the Asia-Pacific Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology Society (APSPOS), Hong Kong (Invitation to Speak, APSPOS 2017)
  • Keynote Speaker (BIOS Scientific Conference) (Keynote Speech, British & Irish Orthoptic Society 2017)
  • Invited speaker at the British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association Congress, Dublin (Invitation to Speak, BIPOSA 2016)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, British & Irish Orthoptic Society (Northern Clinical Meeting) 2012)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Orthoptic Society (Northern Clinical Meeting) 2010)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Orthoptic Society (Welsh Clinical Meeting) 2010)
  • Research Mentor (British and Irish Orthoptic Society 2009)
  • Research Mentor (British and Irish Orthoptic Society 2008)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, University of liverpool 2007)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, SOHS, University of Liverpool 2005)
  • Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2002)

Administrative Roles

  • Head of Directorate of Orthoptics and Vision Science;
  • Member of the SOHS Senior Management Team
  • Lead for Research & Scholarship (SOHS);
  • Member of the Faculty Education Research & Scholarship Steering Group

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