VISION LABORATORY

Ann E Sefton


RESEARCH REPORT

PERSONNEL in 1996 and 1997

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.

PROJECTS in 1996

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

RESEARCH PLANNED for 1997

Collaborative work with Paul Martin will continue in studies of the visual system of the marmoset.

COLLABORATIONS

Studies on the visual system of the marmoset monkey: Dr Paul R Martin (1993-present).

THESIS PASSED in 1996

PhD

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).

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES in 1996

Refereeing

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.

News media

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).

RESEARCH FUNDING in 1995 and 1996

See Report for Paul Martin for details


TEACHING REPORT

COURSES TAUGHT

Medicine 3

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.

STUDENT CONSULTATIONS

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.

TEACHING HOURS in 1996

                                       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


OTHER TEACHING-RELATED ACTIVITIES in 1996

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.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS in 1996: TEACHING

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


ADMINISTRATION REPORT

(see also OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES in 1996 in RESEARCH REPORT and

OTHER TEACHING-RELATED ACTIVITIES in 1996 in TEACHING REPORT)

Continuing Appointment

Associate Dean, Curriculum Development, with responsibilities for developing the Graduate Medical Program for the Faculty of Medicine.

Curriculum design

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.

University committees

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


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