The researchers listed here have no official affiliation with this site. They have not endorsed, accepted, agreed with or approved any of the content and in no way should any comments be considered their comments unless they are directly quoted. Their only statement is that made in their published body of work. Many have their own professional web sites with significant amounts of information related to myopia. I have provided links where I could find them.
The selection of who to list is entirely subjective and names will be added over time. Their research data is available from public accessible databases and forms the basis for the clinical practice of myopia prevention. I want to list them as recognition for their work and to allow those not familiar with the research to get an idea of who is working in this field. One common thread connecting this first group of researchers is that they all are affiliated with schools of optometry. Optometry truly is the art and science of vision care.
I thank all of them for their continued work in this fast changing, exciting and important area of vision care.
Dr. Wildsoet got me started on my list of references and Dr. Walline answered several questions I had. I thank them.
Brien A. Holden, BAppSc PhD DSc OAM FAAO is the CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Australia. The Institute is a member of the Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC), the "largest organization devoted to vision research in the world" according to their web site. The Australian government funds Cooperative Research Centres with the goal of finding solutions to "clearly-articulated, major challenges". Vision CRC was awarded (AU)$22 million in 2009 for five more years of work. The Brien Holden Vision Institute is "located alongside and affiliated with the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia".
A video clip of Dr. Holden describes his "ah-ha" moment when control of myopia became very important in his goals: "I'm sitting at a conference about five years ago and I hear Professor Earl Smith talk about his hypothesis as a result of his studies. Can you imagine being a scientist and understanding how to control the growth of the eye with an optical device? That's what science is all about - getting opportunities like that. And it will make a difference, in the long run, to billions of people."
Here is a partial listing of his papers on the pubmed.gov web site: Brien Holden publications on PubMed
Christine F. Wildsoet, PhD Dip Appl Sc (Optom) FAAO is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry (USA) where her faculty listing describes some of her research areas and lists selected publications.
She runs The Wildsoet Lab focused on myopia and refractive development. Her web site includes a "Myopia Primer" that includes a good discussion of the emmetropization process. She has been active in both bifocal contact lenses controlling myopia progression and the role of the sclera in the emmetropization process and how that might lead to control of myopia.
Here is a partial listing of her papers on the pubmed.gov web site: Christine Wildsoet publications on PubMed
Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD is a professor at the Ohio State University School of Optometry (USA). He has a directory listing that lists his activities. His published works include the CLAMP and CRAYON studies that can be found in the Research section of this site. Much of his work is related to contact lenses, orthokeratology and children's vision.
Here is a partial listing of his papers on the pubmed.gov web site: Jeffrey Walline publications on PubMed
Earl L. Smith III, OD PhD is professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry and he has a faculty contact page with biographical information.
Dr. Smith has been instrumental in determining that the emmetropization process and thus the development of myopia is controlled by the peripheral retina, not the central retinal focus. His works with monkeys show dramatic changes in how the eye grows in response to how the peripheral focus of the eye is controlled with optical devices.
Here is a partial listing of his papers on the pubmed.gov website: Earl Smith publications on PubMed
Jane Gwiazda, PhD FAAO is a professor at the New England College of Optometry (USA). She has professional biographical information available. Dr. Gwiazda serves as the director of research for the college's world class Myopia Research Center
Dr. Gwiazda is the "principal investigator and founding chairperson" of the influential COMET (Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial) that can be found under Research on this site. The trials are investigating the eye's response to progressive addition lenses (PALs) and their ability to control myopic progression.
Here is a partial listing of her papers on the pubmed.gov website: Jane Gwiazda publications on PubMed
Donald Mutti, OD PhD FAAO is a professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he has a professional biography. "He is a co-investigator with Dr. Karla Zadnik on the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study, a National Eye Institute funded study of normal eye growth and risk factors for myopic refractive error now in its twentieth year."
Here is a partial listing of his papers on the pubmed.gov website: Donald Mutti publications on PubMed
Karla Zadnik, OD PhD is a professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she has biographical information.
Here is a partial listing of her papers on the pubmed.gov website: Karla Zadnik publications on PubMed