Professor Allison McCendrick
Allison is a Professor in the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Melbourne School of Health Sciences. Her research aims to better understand normal visual processing and damage due to disease, and to provide recommendations for improved clinical identification of vision disorder. Specific research interests include the study of glaucoma, neurological diseases affecting the visual pathways (eg. migraine), and how normal aging affects vision both from an ocular and cortical perspective. Her research lab has applied aims including: developing better clinical tests for the assessment of vision loss (particularly visual field assessment, and its links to ocular structural measures); and improving understanding of the consequences of vision loss on performance in natural visual environments and day-to-day tasks, including scenarios such as driving. Her research program uses a variety of contemporary neuroscience and vision science methods including novel tests of visual performance, human electrophysiology and human brain and ocular imaging. Allison's research program is highly collaborative with colleagues from ophthalmology, psychology, physiotherapy, neurology and neuroimaging. The lab is supported by funding from the ARC, NHMRC, and industry partnership.