The Clinical Spectrum of Optic Neuritis

Project Code: 10478089

Faculty: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Department: Ophthalmology

Main Supervisor: Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer

Application open date: 23 Jul 2021

Application deadline:

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


Optic neuritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder of the optic nerve. It is most commonly associated with demyelination related to multiple sclerosis. However, over the past decade other antibodies have been identified that are associated with distinct conditions such as neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) associated disease. These are a heterogeneous group of conditions. We are still discovering new information regarding the phenotypic presentations. This research will involve the optic neuritis registry and clinical analysis of patients and database.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

A background biomedical science, medicine, or health related fields is helpful. We are looking for student who has a good grasp of Excel and medical statistics.


1. To develop a database of patients with optic neuritis 

2. To undertake analysis of the different phenotypes of optic neuritis to develop guidelines for investigation and treatment.

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