See Report for Paul Martin
The work of this Laboratory concerns the substrates of visual perception. The anatomical properties of cells in the retina and central visual pathways are being studied using immunocytochemical and neuroanatomical tracing methods. Extracellular recording and linear systems analysis of single cell activity are used to study the responses of cells in the subcortical visual pathways.
All projects undertaken in 1996 were in collaboration with Dr Paul R Martin, and details of these can be found in that section of this Annual Report. They are:
Chromatic selectivity in the lateral geniculate nucleus of marmosets: PR Martin, AJR White, H Wilder, AK Goodchild, AE Sefton
Retinal magnification and cone opponency in the lateral geniculate nucleus of marmosets: PR Martin, AJR White, J Potas, AK Goodchild, AE Sefton
Collaborative work with Paul Martin will continue in studies of the visual system of the marmoset.
Studies on the visual system of the marmoset monkey: Dr Paul R Martin (1993-present).
Armson P (1996) Trophic influences on the retinal ganglion cell during development
BMedSc(Hons) (co-supervisor: B O'Sullivan)
Woodham B (1996) Imaging normal and schizophrenic brains during a memory task using PET (Result: 1st Class, Colin Dunlop Prize).
Grant (and fellowship) applications: for NHMRC (2), ARC (3), Department of Industry, Science & Technology (1), Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching (4), Lions Clubs Foundation (1), Centenary Fellowships (1).
External theses examined
PhD: from University of Western Australia (1), Australian National University (1).
Service to University
Save Sight Foundation: Member of Board.
During 1996 supplied information on various issues including medical research funding and the graduate medical program at The University of Sydney, including research (SBS TV, Herald-Sun Melbourne, Land newspaper, ABC Health Report, The Australian, Asian Business Review).
See Report for Paul Martin for details
Lectures: 23, in the Neuroscience course.
Prac. classes: 5, each 2 h, presented twice (= 20 h).
Demonstrations: 3, each 2 h, some repeated (= 12 h).
Tutorials: 5 revision, each of 2 h (= 10 h).
Medical Science 3/Science 3: Advanced Neurosciences
Lectures: 2, on plasticity and development.
Practical classes: 2, of 2 h.
Tutorials: 3 (each 2 hours)
Seminars/assessment: Based on student's presentation of a 3 h seminar.
As Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, throughout the year, help was given to medical students as well as to those seeking admission to Medicine. Assistance was offered to students in all courses taught. Presentations on the Graduate Medical Program were made to students in the BMedSc degree.
Conference organizing committees
Organizing Committee, Workshop on Teaching, International Union of Physiological Sciences, St Petersburg, 1997: Member.
Planning Committee, Meeting on Computer-based Education, Federation of Asian & Oceanian Physiological Societies, Brisbane, 1998: Member.
Organizing committee for Awakenings Conference (Univ of NSW) on computers in medicine and medical education (1996).
Official of international scientific society
International Union of Physiological Sciences: Deputy Chair, Commission on Teaching.
Med3 Sc3 Total
Lectures 23 2 25
Practical classes (no.) 10(10) 2(4) 14
Demonstrations 3(12) - 12
Tutorials 6(13) 3(6) 19
Total formal contact teaching time = 70 h
Significant University and external appointments
Sydney Eye Hospital: Consultant in vision and development.
Univ of Kuwait Medical School: Member, Neuroscience Panel
Committee for Advancement of Univ Teaching: Educational consultant
Univ of Papua New Guinea, Dept of Basic Medical Sciences, for the MONAHP project: External examiner in Physiology
Service to University
Advice and talks on studying medicine at career days arranged by the Univ.
Service to Community
Member, Board of Studies, Applied Studies, Department of Education.
Symposium on teaching physiology, Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society, Perth (Apr)
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Univ of Sydney (Aug)
Faculty of Science and Technology, Griffith Univ (Apr)
Univ of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine (May)
Women and Leadership, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Univ of Sydney (Jun)
Women in Medicine, students, Univ of Sydney (May)
Grand Rounds, Westmead (Jun)
Royal North Shore Hospital (Aug) Faculty of Dentistry, Univ of Sydney, Curriculum Conference (Sep)
University of Adelaide, Department of Physiology,
Course Experience Questionnaire Conference, Griffith (Oct)
5-YEAR PUBLICATIONS RELATED TO TEACHING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
(see also OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES in 1996 in RESEARCH REPORT and
OTHER TEACHING-RELATED ACTIVITIES in 1996 in TEACHING REPORT)
Associate Dean, Curriculum Development, with responsibilities for developing the Graduate Medical Program for the Faculty of Medicine.
BMedSc degree: Review committee for Human Life Sciences 3: Chair
Graduate Medical Program: Curriculum Planning Committee for the Graduate Medical Program: Chair Member of all Working Parties ex officio. Responsible for liaison with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools at Univ of Queensland and Flinders Univ.
Reports relating to teaching
1994 in Review contributed to:
Faculty's submission to the Australian Medical Council for accreditation: Contributed
Prepared other documents associated with planning for the Graduate Medical Program including papers circulated to Faculty at each meeting and various articles.
Advisory Committee, Learning Assistance Centre: Member
Centre for Gay and Lesbian Studies: Faculty of Medicine representative
Committee developing Performance Indicators for the University: Member
Academic Board and Forum
Deputy Chair, Academic Board Dec 96-Jan 1999.
Broadway Review Committee: Member.
Examinations, Assessments and Related Subjects Committee: Member.
Representative of the Chair as well as member of numerous committees for appointments/promotions.
Faculty of Medicine
Associate Dean (Curriculum Development) (from Jun 1994) and member ex officio of the various committees and subcommittees related to the Graduate Medical Program; particular involvement in Themes: Basic and Clinical Science, Community-Doctor, Personal and Professional Development; Committees: Admissions, Assessment.
Database for the Australian Medical Council's accreditation visit: Contributed
Depts of Educational Development & Evaluation; Clinical Ophthalmology: Member.
Boards of Examiners for BSc(Med)(Hons): Chair
Various appointment committees: Member.
Committee on the teaching of Ethics and Law: Member.
Committee for Medical Communication: Chair
Teaching, Assessment and Curriculum Committee: Member.
Standing Committee: Member (ex officio).
Standing Committee on Courses of Study: Member (ex officio).
Centenary Medical Fellowships for Technicians Committee: Member.
Anderson Stuart Appeals Committee: Member.
Medical Graduates Publication Committee: Member.
Publicity for Graduate Medical Program: Coordinator
Workshops and Faculty Presentations
Involved in presentations on the graduate program to Area Health Boards and University officials.
Invited participant, Curriculum Workshops at Flinders and Queensland Universities.
Service to University
Academic Board: Acting Deputy Chair (Dec 96-Jan 1998).
Represented Chair on appointment committees.
Various Faculty Committees including promotions to personal chairs and appointments; ex officio committees relating to the Graduate Medical Program: Member