Sunday, August 14, 2022

Professor Andrew Turpin appointed as the inaugural Lions Curtin Chair in Ophthalmic Big Data

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A new Chair appointment through the Lions Eye Institute and Curtin University will greatly enhance  Western Australia’s international competitiveness in artificial intelligence, image analysis and  computation involving large medical datasets. 

Professor Andrew Turpin has been appointed as the inaugural Lions Curtin Chair in Ophthalmic Big Data. Professor Turpin is a global leader in data science and analytics and is currently Director of the  Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP) and Senior Academic Convenor of the Petascale Campus  Initiative, at the University of Melbourne.

The Lions Curtin Chair in Ophthalmic Big Data has been established by the Lions Eye Institute and Curtin University with support from the Lions Save-Sight Foundation WA Inc (LSSFWA), to enhance leadership  and research in ophthalmic big data.

The Chair will build on experience in computer science, image  analysis and computation involving large datasets, including data interpretation assisted by artificial  intelligence methods. The position is jointly funded by Curtin and LSSFWA. 

Professor Bill Morgan, Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute, said the appointment would  contribute to Western Australia’s burgeoning reputation as a centre for research excellence in ocular  disease.  

“Professor Turpin will bring deep expertise that will further develop the Institute’s and Curtin’s work in  artificial intelligence, image analysis, Indigenous, rural and remote eye health, and data linkage,”  Professor Morgan said. “He will help to drive the research agenda and facilitate the translation of  research knowledge into policy and practice.” 

Professor Turpin’s research interests include computational problems in human vision, in particular developing new techniques for diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma. Through his new Chair role, he will  undertake internationally competitive research, build new capacity in analytics across optometry and  ophthalmology, support research and eye care systems development involving large and continuous  related datasets. 

Curtin University Faculty of Health Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Archie Clements said he was  delighted to welcome Professor Turpin to Curtin University and Western Australia.  

“Professor Turpin’s extensive academic leadership experience will be critical for lifting data science  research in the State, with a focus on eye health, an area of significant need here in WA. Our partnership  with the Lions Eye Institute has been incredibly exciting and we look forward to Professor Turpin building  on the momentum we have created in eye health research,” Professor Clements said. 

Professor Turpin said: “I am looking forward to the opportunities that the combined resources of the Lions  Eye Institute, Curtin and Western Australia will bring to improve patient outcomes using data and  computational techniques.”  

The Lions Eye Institute and The University of Western Australia recently announced the appointment of  the Lions Eye Institute UWA Chair in Optometry Research, Professor Allison McKendrick, while an  international search is under way to fill the Ian Constable Chair in Discovery and Translational  Ophthalmic Science. 

Turpin commence in his new role in Perth in November 2022

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