Dr Samantha Simkin

Dr Samantha Simpkin's PhD in ophthalmology is an essential stepping stone for becoming a clinician-scientist.

“Paediatric visual impairment affects millions of children worldwide, resulting in huge emotional, economic, and educational costs.

“My research focused on reducing the rate of childhood visual impairment through effective newborn eye screening. I reviewed the efficacy of the unique Auckland telemedicine screening programme for retinopathy of prematurity. I then utilised this novel method to implement and assess a universal newborn eye screening programme, which detected a significant number of congenital ocular abnormalities in Aotearoa. By learning from and improving ocular screening programmes, potentially blinding diseases can be detected, and therefore managed, earlier.

By learning from and improving ocular screening programmes, potentially
blinding diseases can be detected, and therefore managed, earlier.

Dr Samantha Simpkin PhD in Ophthalmology, School of Medicine

“My PhD qualification is an essential steppingstone in my goal of having an academic career as a clinician-scientist in the area of paediatric visual impairment.

“The research completed as part of my doctorate led to numerous opportunities such as presenting at over 14 national and international meetings, and having an auspicious first publication in The Lancet.

“I enjoyed working with a wonderful supervisory team of Professor Charles McGhee, Dr Shuan Dai, and Dr Stuti Misra, who mentored, supported and encouraged me.”