Professor Stephanie Watson is a clinician researcher and innovator. She is head of ‘Eye Innovation’ at the Save Sight Institute and a Sydney Medical School Foundation Fellow.
Stephanie is known for her ground-breaking research in corneal therapies. She has published over 150 articles in high-ranked peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and holds international patents. Stephanie has given over 160 presentations at national and international meetings. Organisations that have funded her research include the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Australian Stem Cell Centre, The University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Keratoconus Australia, Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation, and Fight for Sight UK.
She led her team to first prize in the Best Health Innovation Product Idea, IDE group and was awarded first prize for the Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program, ATP Innovations and the NSW Office for Health and Medical Research. She has been a Pride of Australia award nominee, a UNSW Early stage innovation award finalist and received a commendation from the Vice Chancellor of the University of New South Wales. She received the Gustav Nossal Medical and Dental Post-graduate Research NHMRC scholarship; this is awarded to the highest ranked applicant. She has also received awards from Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and was awarded the ‘Les is more’ grand final award, episode winner and people’s choice award on The New Inventors, ABC Television, for developing a stem cell therapy.
As Chair of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia; Chair of the Public Health Committee, RANZCO; Editor for the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group UK; and NSW representative of the Corneal Society she contributes to policy. She is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Outreach and Advocacy committee; RANZCO therapeutics committee member, and on the NSW Branch Committee for RANZCO.