Please mark your calendars for our next Vision Science Research Seminar Series (VSRSS) lecture, which will be held on March 21st, in OPT 1129, at 3:30 pm. Professor Cynthia Owsley will present a lecture entitled, Visual Risk Factors for Motor Vehicle Collision Involvement by Older Drivers.
Cynthia Owsley PhD, MSPH
Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Research
Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Keywords: aging, vision, vision impairment, driving, age-related macular degeneration, accessibility of eye care, underserved populations
Driving is the primary means of personal travel in many countries and relies heavily on vision for its successful execution. Research over the past few decades has addressed the role of vision in driver safety (motor vehicle collision involvement) and in driver performance (both on-road and using interactive simulators in the laboratory). This presentation will describe a population-based study designed to inform improved ways of visually screening older adults for driving licensure, and the background and rationale for the study design.
Cynthia Owsley, MSPH, PhD is the Nathan E. Miles Chair, Professor, and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wheaton College, Massachusetts, and received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Cornell University where she was named a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Subsequently she was a post-doctoral fellow in vision and aging at Northwestern University and received the MSPH in Epidemiology from UAB. Professor Owsley’s research program focuses on aging-related eye disease and vision impairment and has been continuously funded through the National Institutes of Health since 1983. Her research program uses a number of research techniques including psychophysical methods, epidemiology, clinical trials, and health services research. In addition to NIH research support, her research program has been supported by the CDC, Research to Prevent Blindness, General Motors, Genentech, and the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, among others. She has served on several committees for the National Academies including the Committee on Vision, Committee on Disability Determination for Individuals with Vision Impairment, and the Committee on the Safe Mobility of Older Persons for the Transportation Research, which she chaired. Professor Owsley has been named a Senior Scientific Investigator by Research to Prevent Blindness and a Gold Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She is on the Board of Directors of Prevent Blindness America. She is the recipient of the Glenn A. Fry Award from the American Optometric Foundation and the Bartimaeus Award of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.