Carla J. Abbott, PhD(she/her)

Carla J. Abbott, PhD(she/her)

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Dr. Carla Abbott is a clinician-scientist and a senior research fellow within the Macular Research and Bionic Eye Research teams at CERA.

She holds an appointment as Honorary optometrist and clinical researcher at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and is a clinical instructor of optometry students at the Australian College of Optometry.

Dr Abbott is an expert in structure and function of the retina and optic nerve and has specific research interests in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), inherited retinal diseases (such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP)) and glaucoma. She has extensive experience in preclinical models and safety and efficacy testing of treatments for retinal disease. She also has experience in clinical trials and translational projects, including the Australian bionic eye project.

Dr Abbott was an integral multidisciplinary team member in both the device development preclinical team and the clinical trial team that has been successful in bringing the Australian bionic eye to two clinical trials.

Dr Abbott is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Optometry.