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Professor Alex Gentle studied for his undergraduate optometry degree at City University, London and completed pre-registration training, leading to his professional optometric qualifications, at Moorfields Eye Hospital. His PhD studies, undertaken at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and his post-doctoral research, at the University of Melbourne, reflected his broader interest in the mechanisms and manifestations of ocular and refractive development and a specific interest in scleral biochemistry. He has published regularly in this field, predominantly in the respected vision science and biochemistry journals for which he also serves as a reviewer. He was a researcher and chief investigator on a number of successful, NH&MRC-funded projects which all reflected his core research interests.
Alex underwent clinical ocular therapeutics training, through Melbourneís Postgraduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics, soon after being appointed to a Teaching and Research position at the University of Melbourne. Since then, his teaching duties have spanned the basic ocular biological sciences, ocular disease and therapeutics, as well as clinical optometry. However, his interest in optometric education extends beyond the academic environment and he has regularly delivered continuing education seminars to practising optometrists.
A continuing interest in ocular therapeutics led Alex to service on the Prescribing Practices Advisory Committee of the Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria, then on the ORBV itself, and, most recently, on the Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee of the Optometry Board of Australia. His commitment to excellence in optometric education was recognised by the Faculty of Science of the University of Melbourne through presentation of a Deanís Award for Teaching. As a result of his interest in optometric education, Alex completed a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne.
Alex was appointed to Deakin University in 2012, where he holds the Chair in Vision Science and is Director of Optometric Pre-Clinical Studies in the School of Medicine (Optometry).