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Prof Fiona Rowe PhD, DBO, CGLI Cert. Ed.

Professor of Orthoptics, Health Services Research Health Services Research

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    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.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Stroke and visual impairment (Invitation to Speak, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital 2014)
    • The implications post stroke visual impairment has to daily life (Invitation to Speak, WESC Foundation 2014)
    • Visual field evaluation (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2014)
    • Stroke and strabismus (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 2014)
    • A prospective profile of visualf ield loss following stroke. (Invitation to Speak, Mexican Ophthalmology Society 2014)
    • Fusion and binocularity (Invitation to Speak, Mexican Ophthalmology Society 2014)
    • Sharing experience of involvement (Invitation to Speak, NIHR 2014)
    • Understanding and evaluating visual field tests (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2014)
    • Kinetic perimetry (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit AG 2014)
    • Research in stroke and vision (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Orthoptic Society 2014)
    • Static perimetry (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit AG 2014)
    • Review of Octopus 900 perimetry (Invitation to Speak, Irish Orthoptic branch 2013)
    • Review of visual impairment due to stroke (Invitation to Speak, Irish Orthoptic branch 2013)
    • Active PPI in clinical research (Invitation to Speak, NIHR 2013)
    • Blinkered view of retinal correspondence (Invitation to Speak, Royal College of Ophthalmology 2013)
    • Detection and rehabilitation of visual impairment post stroke (Invitation to Speak, Key advances in stroke rehabilitation conference 2013)
    • Review of extra ocular pulley systems (Invitation to Speak, Irish Orthoptic branch 2013)
    • Understanding and evaluating the visual field (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2013)
    • Updates in orthoptic assessments (Invitation to Speak, International Symposium of Ophthalmology 2013)
    • Silver Achievement Award (UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons 2013)
    • Orthoptic update symposium (Invitation to Speak, European Strabismological Association 2013)
    • Consequences to visual function with optic chiasm pathology (Invitation to Speak, The Netherlands Association of Orthoptists 2012)
    • From student to NIHR funded research (Invitation to Speak, Cheshire & Merseyside AHP research forum 2012)
    • Incomitant strabismus following acquired brain injury (Invitation to Speak, The Netherlands Association of Orthoptists 2012)
    • Visual rehabilitation after stroke (Invitation to Speak, International neuro Ophthalmology Society 2012)
    • Vision in stroke (Invitation to Speak, Newcastle Ophthalmology 2012)
    • Visual impairment following stroke (Invitation to Speak, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery 2012)
    • Symptoms of stroke related visual impairment (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Orthoptic Society 2012)
    • CVA: orthoptic complications (Invitation to Speak, Royal Society of Medicine 2012)
    • Symptoms of stroke related visual impairment (Invitation to Speak, UK Stroke Forum 2012)
    • Visual impairment post stroke (Invitation to Speak, British Association of Stroke Physicians 2012)
    • Understanding and evaluating visual fields (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2012)
    • Visual complications after stroke (Invitation to Speak, University of Plymouth 2011)
    • Visual field evaluation (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2011)
    • Visual difficulties after stroke (Invitation to Speak, Irish Heart Foundation 2011)
    • Understanding and evaluating visual field tests (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2011)
    • Comparing Octopus 900 kinetic fields with Goldmann manual kinetic and Humphrey static fields (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2011)
    • Visual problems after acute stroke (Invitation to Speak, 7th Neuroscience conference 2011)
    • Comparing Octopus 900 kinetic fields with Goldmann manual kinetic and Humphrey static fields (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit International 2011)
    • Ocular alignment and motility: moving variables in clinical trials (Invitation to Speak, European Strabismological Association 2011)
    • Visual field assessment in glaucoma (Invitation to Speak, Alcon 2011)
    • Visual impairment following stroke (Invitation to Speak, North West Stroke Association 2010)
    • Translation of research to clinical practise - what we know and what we don't (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2010)
    • Visual impairment post stroke (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2010)
    • Visual problems post stroke (Invitation to Speak, Welsh Stroke Association 2010)
    • Understanding and evaluating the visual field test (Invitation to Speak, European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons 2010)
    • Dissemination of visual impairment data - impact on stroke rehabilitation (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2010)
    • Assessment of the glaucoma patient - visual field testing (Invitation to Speak, AHPO 2010)
    • Visual field evaluation (Invitation to Speak, European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons 2010)
    • How perimetry methods compare (Invitation to Speak, Merseyside ophthalmology postgraduate meeting 2010)
    • Impact of stroke to visual systems (Invitation to Speak, Irish Association of Orthoptists 2010)
    • Vision and stroke (Invitation to Speak, University of Central Lancashire 2010)
    • Prevalence of visual sequelae in stroke survivors (Invitation to Speak, RNIB 2010)
    • Visual impairment following stroke (Invitation to Speak, RNIB 2009)
    • Visual impairment following stroke (Invitation to Speak, Gartnavel Hospital Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology 2009)
    • Understanding and evaluating visual field tests (Invitation to Speak, ESCRS 2009)
    • Sensory adaptations to strabismus following stroke (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool 2009)
    • Strabismus and ocular motility abnormalities due to cerebrovascular accident (Invitation to Speak, Manchester Ophthalmology region 2009)
    • Visual consequences of stroke (Invitation to Speak, Walton Neuro Centre 2009)
    • Prevalence of visual sequelae in stroke survivors (Invitation to Speak, RNIB and Stroke Association 2009)
    • Update on visual impairment in stroke (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Orthoptic Society 2009)
    • Interpretation of visual fields (Invitation to Speak, Association of Optometrists Ireland 2009)
    • Visual consequences of stroke (Invitation to Speak, Association of Optometrists Ireland 2009)
    • Visual impairment following stroke@ Research knowledge and gaps (Invitation to Speak, Stroke Research Network 2009)
    • Visual impairment and pituitary pathology (Invitation to Speak, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust 2009)
    • Overview of visual problems post stroke (Invitation to Speak, UKSF 2009)
    • Visual field testing with automated perimetry (Invitation to Speak, AHPO 2009)
    • Ocular findings after stroke and their management (Invitation to Speak, East Kent University Hospitals 2009)
    • Stroke related visual impairment (Invitation to Speak, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 2009)
    • Priorities in Orthoptic research (Invitation to Speak, Vision 2020UK 2009)
    • Stroke specific ocular findings and their management (Invitation to Speak, BIOS Welsh branch 2009)
    • Comparison between Octopus and Goldmann kinetic fields (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit International 2008)
    • Comparison between Octopus G and Humphrey 24-2 programme results (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit International 2008)
    • Vision and driving after stroke (Invitation to Speak, Yeovil Hospitals Trust 2008)
    • Audit processes (Invitation to Speak, Irish Association of Orthoptists 2008)
    • Innovations in the rehabilitation of stroke related visual impairment (Invitation to Speak, RNIB and Stroke Association 2008)
    • Literature appraisal (Invitation to Speak, NHS North West 2008)
    • Assessing visual fields (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit UK 2008)
    • Visual consequences following stroke (Invitation to Speak, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust 2008)
    • Understanding and evaluating visual field tests (Invitation to Speak, European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons 2008)
    • Intervention for intermittent distance exotropia with overcorrecting minus (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit UK 2008)
    • Use of kinetic perimetry in Orthoptics (Invitation to Speak, Haag Streit UK 2008)
    • Visual impairment and driving in stroke (Invitation to Speak, North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust 2008)
    • Associate features of visual pathway pathology (Invitation to Speak, NHS North West 2008)
    • Visual consequences of acquired brain injury (Invitation to Speak, Society for Research in Rehabilitation 2008)
    • Visual impairment in stroke (Invitation to Speak, British and Irish Orthoptic Society 2008)
    • Childhood obesity and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (Invitation to Speak, South East England regional meeting 2008)
    • Visual field assessment (Invitation to Speak, UKISCRS 2007)
    • Visual impairment assessment and management (Invitation to Speak, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland 2007)
    • Efficacy of management in brainstem motility disorders (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool 2007)
    • Visual impairment in stroke survivors: a prospective multi-centre trial (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2007)
    • Normative fusional vergence ranges and relevance to ocular (Invitation to Speak, Merseyside Ophthalmology Training 2007)
    • Visual impairment as a consequence to stroke (Invitation to Speak, Speech and Language Therapists 2007)
    • Visual impairment in stroke survivors: a prospective multi-centre trial (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool 2007)
    • Visual impairment and driving in stroke (Invitation to Speak, UK Stroke Forum 2007)
    • Royal Society of Medicine Squint Forum Prize 2006 (Prize, Royal Society of Medicine 2006)
    • Visual field testing with an automated perimeter (Invitation to Speak, AHPO 2006)
    • Understanding and evaluating the visual field test (Invitation to Speak, AHPO 2006)
    • Vision assessment and prognosis for outcome in stroke survivors (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2006)
    • Visual status in stroke survivors: initial results from a multi-centre trial (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2006)
    • Visual impairment in childhood stroke cases (Invitation to Speak, Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London 2005)
    • Ocular information derived from brain imaging (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool 2005)
    • Understanding and evaluating the visual field test (Invitation to Speak, AHPO 2005)
    • Making sense of eye movements (Invitation to Speak, BIOS 2005)

    Administrative Roles

    • Chief investigator for the Vision In Stroke (VIS) study and Visual Impairment in Stroke: Intervention Or Not (VISION) trial. Chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside AHP research network. Research lead for the British and Irish Orthoptic Society. Associate editor-in-chief for Strabismus.

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