Associate Professor Kathryn Rose

Associate Professor Kathryn Rose Qualifications:
  • PhD, Australian National University
  • Grad. Dip. Neuroscience, Australian National University
  • Dip.App.Sci (Orthoptics), Cumberland College
  • Dip. Orthoptic Board Australia

Positions held:

  • Associate Professor
  • Head of Discipline (Orthoptics)
  • Course Director, Master of Orthoptics
  • Research Team Leader, Sensory Impairment
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Associate Professor Kathryn Rose is a leading international researcher on the development of vision and refractive errors in children and adolescents. She works collaboratively with a number of national and international research groups, in particular the Centre for Vision Research, University of Sydney, where she has brought a personal emphasis to research in refractive errors, particularly the development of myopia (shortsightedness), and to vision screening in children, prevention and evidence-based practice in eye health care. She has had continuing NHMRC support of these areas of interest and has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers.  

In 2005, she co-authored a refereed review of literature regarding development of myopia. As the first comprehensive meta-analysis undertaken of this topic in at least twenty years and the approaches to analysis in this paper were sufficiently innovative that it was the subject of an article in New Scientist and has been citied over 100 times since publication in the top ranking ophthalmic journal.  

In 2007, Kathryn was invited by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Prevention of Blindness and Deafness Unit in conjunction with the National Eye Institute, NIH, USA to act as a consultant for the planning of "myopia follow-up progression and risk factor assessment studies" and the development of a standardised questionnaire to measure life style activities in children. She continues to work in this area of research in conjunction with colleagues from the State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China and the Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore.

Teaching and Service Responsibilities

  • Supervision of PhD and Master by Research students
  • Unit of Study Coordinator: ORTH5039, Eye and Vision ORTH5047, Research Report 1 ORTH5051, Research Report 2
  • Clinical Director, Orthoptics
  • SEG: Human Resources and Equity

Research Opportunities

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Selected Publications

  • Morgan, I. and K. Rose (2005). "How genetic is school myopia?" Prog Retin Eye Res 24(1): 1-38.
  • Rose, K. A., I. G. Morgan, et al. (2008). "Outdoor activity reduces the prevalence of myopia in children." Ophthalmology 115(8): 1279-1285.
  • Robaei, D., K. Rose, et al. (2005). "Visual acuity and the causes of visual loss in a population-based sample of 6-year-old Australian children." Ophthalmology 112(7): 1275-82.
  • Rose, K. A., I. G. Morgan, et al. (2008). "Myopia, lifestyle, and schooling in students of chinese ethnicity in Singapore and Sydney." Archives of Ophthalmology 126(4): 527-530.
  • Leone, J. F., P. Mitchell, et al. (2010). “Use of Visual Acuity to Screen for Significant Refractive Errors in Adolescents. Is It Reliable?” Archives of Ophthalmology 128(7):894-899.
  • Guzowski M, Wang JJ, Rochtchina E, Rose KA, Mitchell P. (2003) Five-year refractive changes in an older population: the Blue Mountains Eye Study. Ophthalmology 110(7):1364-70.
  • Rose, K., W. Smith, et al. (2001). "The increasing prevalence of myopia: implications for Australia." Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 29(3): 116-20.
  • Robaei, D., K. Rose, et al. (2006). Factors associated with childhood strabismus - Findings from a population-based study. Ophthalmology 113(7):1146-53.

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