Staff profile - James Armitage

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AsPr James Armitage

Position: Head Of Vision Science / Senior Academic Mentor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Medicine
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72768 +61 3 522 72768



I graduated as an Optometrist in 1996 (University of Melbourne) and spent 2 years researching the aetiology of keratoconus (a disease of the cornea) for my MOptom (1998, University of Melbourne). My PhD studies (University of Melbourne 2003) considered the role that essential fatty acids play in modulating visual function and cardiovascular disease. This body of work contributed to the growing notion that fetal and early postnatal malnutrition can program visual function and cardiovascular function in adult life, irrespective of adult nutrition status. Aspects of the work were published Nature Medicine.

Postdoctoral studies at Kings College London (2003-2005) and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (2005-2007) continued this research theme. In December 2006, I was awarded a National Heart Foundation John Shaw Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, being the highest ranked applicant in Australia and moved to Monash University upon being awarded a Monash Fellowship (2007-2012). I joined Deakin University in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Visual Function in Optometry, School of Medicine.


Knowledge areas

Developmental Programming of Adult Health and Disease. 

The neurogenic basis of obesity related hypertension

Electrophysiological testing of visual function

Retinal Haemodynamics

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