Prof. Fiona Rowe qualified as an Orthoptist in 1990 and has maintained combined clinical and academic research activity since then. She currently is a Professor in orthoptics and health services research at the University of Liverpool, a recent NIHR Research Fellow and past Director of Research for the British and Irish Orthoptic Society. She is associate-editor-in-chief for the journal Strabismus, chair of the regional AHP research network, Cochrane Eyes and Vision group editor and a mentor for the National Institute of Health Research clinical academic research scheme.
Her particular research interests include acquired brain injury, visual field evaluation and control of ocular alignment. Research projects include chief investigator for a national multi-centre prospective trial on the visual consequences of stroke (VIS), chief investigator for the VISION trial (funded by the Stroke Association) and chief investigation for the IVIS study (funded by the NIHR). Other projects include evaluating the impact of knowledge of visual impairment to the treatment choices made by therapists in the care of stroke patients, comparison of therapy options for hemianopic visual field loss, evaluation of ward based visual impairment assessment and the comparison of static and kinetic perimetry strategies.
Prof. Rowe is the author of two textbooks: ‘Clinical Orthoptics’ and ‘Visual fields via the visual pathway’, co-author on four book chapters, and has presented and published her research extensively.