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Associate Professor Katrina Schmid

Faculty of Health,
School - Optometry and Vision Science

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Name
Associate Professor Katrina Schmid
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Optometry and Vision Science
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Optometry - CDA
Discipline *
Optometry and Ophthalmology
Phone
+61 7 3138 6150
Fax
+61 7 3138 5880
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), BAppSc(Opt)(Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)

Keywords

Eye Growth, Myopia, Neurotransmitters, Ocular Pharmacology, Refractive Error, Retina, Sclera

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background

Dr Schmid is an Associate Professor in the School of Optometry at QUT. She obtained her undergraduate optometry degree, with first class honours, from QUT and was awarded a QUT Medal. For her PhD she was awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Research Award; the topic of her thesis was “Visual and retinal control of eye growth and refraction”. In 1993 she was the Winner of the AMP QLD Biomedical Research Awards in the predoctoral category for her work on myopia.  In 1996 she was appointed Lecturer in the School. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000 and to Associate Professor in 2004.

Dr Schmid is a grant reviewer for the ARC and NHMRC and paper reviewer for numerous journals including

  • Vision Research
  • Optometry & Vision Science
  • Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics
  • Clinical & Experimental Optometry.

She was awarded a Large ARC grant in 1999 to conduct research into Image Blur Analysis and Ocular Development using the chick animal model. More recently she was awarded an NHMRC grant to investigate the mechanisms by which GABA antagonists alter eye growth.

Dr Schmid has many published research papers in internationally refereed journals and regularly attends both national and international research conferences to present her work.

Dr Schmid has a keen interest in the paedology of teaching and learning and completed a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) in 1998. In 2005 she completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. Dr Schmid is also involved in the School’s continuing education programs for optometrists.

Dr Schmid’s teaching areas include

  • ocular anatomy and physiology
  • ocular pharmacology
  • the aetiology and management of refractive errors
  • some aspects of visual science, i.e. binocular vision and colour vision.

She also supervises students in the QUT Optometry Clinic, supervises final year student projects and postgraduate research projects.

Dr Schmid is highly involved in the optometric profession and has been awarded two QUT Scholarship in the Professions Grants to investigate issues of importance to Queensland optometry. She has been an OAA council member and member of the Optometrists Board of QLD (including Deputy Chair for three years). She is also involved in School, Faculty and University committees (currently serving on the University Animal Ethics Committee).

Research highlights

Myopia,

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Katrina Schmid.

Teaching

Dr Schmid has a keen interest in the paedology of teaching and learning and completed a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) in 1998. In 2005 she completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. Dr Schmid is also involved in the School’s continuing education programs for optometrists.

Dr Schmid’s teaching areas include

  • ocular anatomy and physiology
  • ocular pharmacology
  • the aetiology and management of refractive errors
  • some aspects of visual science, i.e. binocular vision and colour vision.

She also supervises students in the QUT Optometry Clinic, supervises final year student projects and postgraduate research projects.

Associate Professor Schmid is current course co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Vision Science course.

 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Katrina Schmid.

Experience

Associate Professor Schmid is a registered optometrist and has worked in private optometric practice.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Katrina Schmid.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
The GABAergic System in Eye Growth Control and Myopia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
553003
Start year
2009
Keywords
Myopia; Eye growth; Retina and visual function; GABAergic system; Retinal neurotransmitters

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