Macular degeneration is a leading cause of severe visual impairment in Australian adults >40 years old. In this podcast we will discuss macular degeneration and how this ties to our vision. We will also discuss general eye anatomy including the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic ocular (eye) structures.

Guest Panelist

Professor Paul G. McMenamin [B.Sc. Ph.D. M.Sc. (Med Sci) FARVO D.Sc. (Medicine) FRSB Director, Centre for Human Anatomy Education – Monash University, Melbourne] has taught anatomical sciences to medical students, science students and a range of postgraduate surgical and medical specialists for around 36 years. After completing a degree in Zoology at Glasgow University, Scotland, he went on to do a PhD focussing on the anatomy and pathology of the eye. He undertook a professional training in medical anatomy (M.Sc. [Med. Sci]) (Glasgow University) before moving to The University of Western Australia (1987). Paul was appointed to full Professor in 2003 and obtained his D.Sc. (Medicine) in 2010. In that same year he became Director of ‘The Centre for Human Anatomy Education’ at Monash University. He continues to have an active laboratory, focussing on the role of immune cells in the eyes and brain. He has published around 160 papers and co-authored one textbook. Paul has been the recipient of numerous teaching accolades including ‘Premier’s Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching’ (Western Australia) in 2007. He has pioneered new approaches to anatomy teaching such as body painting, and has essentially created a 3D printed replica of the entire human body

Topics Covered

  • Anatomy of the eye/ocular anatomy
  • Comparing and defining rods and cones
  • developmental origins of eye/ocular tissues
  • wet vs. dry versions of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • overview of the role of the brain in “seeing”
Episode 4: Macular Degeneration and Eye Anatomy
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