Eyes of the Animal Kingdom

Dec. 7, 2021

Speaker(s): Dr Martina Wicklein & Dr Vim Kumaratunga

Eyes of the Animal Kingdom - free webinar hosted by the Education Team at WVUK

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Vision with Small Brains - Dr Martina Wicklein

Dr Martina Wicklein's main interest is visual neuroscience with an emphasis on invertebrate model systems. She studied and completed her PhD in Germany, University of Bayreuth and University of Tuebingen. Dr Wicklein received a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship from the A v Humboldt Foundation to work on her own research topic for her 1st post doc at the ARLDN in Tucson Arizona, this she followed up with a post doc at the Salk Institute to learn how to use computational neuroscience tools in her research. Dr Wicklein then came back to Europe and worked as a post doc at UCL at the Moorfields Eye Hospital Campus, moved to Imperial College into the Bioengineering Department and from there to a teaching post at UCL in NPP. Dr Wicklein is now an Associate Professor for Teaching in Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL.

All Eye Great and Small- Vet ophthalmology at a glance - Dr Vim Kumaratunga

Dr Kumaratunga graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School in 2005, already having a keen interest in ophthalmology. He worked in first opinion/general and exotics species veterinary practice for 7 years, successfully achieving his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2012. He was designated as a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in 2015. Since August 2019, Dr Kumaratunga has been completing a three-year, European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) residency, first at Langford Vets, University of Bristol, and now at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. Dr Kumaratunga is interested in all areas of ophthalmology, across all species. He is particularly interested in viral and mycotic keratitis, corneal graft surgery, complex blepharoplastics and wildlife/zoo/exotics species ophthalmology. Dr Kumaratunga is involved in researching feline corneal graft surgery, fish ocular pathologies and dendriform keratitis in prosimian primates (Loris). He hopes to sit his ECVO certifying board examinations in 2023, to become a RCVS and European recognised specialist (Diplomate) in Veterinary Ophthalmology, the highest level of clinical specialisation achievable for a vet.

A fantastic opportunity to gain insight into the world of animal eyes.