Glasgow Caledonian University
Initially trained as an orthoptist Professor Simmers gained an insight into clinical practice before embarking on a scientific career. First with a Masters in Public Health and Community Medicine from Glasgow University (1993) followed by a PhD in Clinical Visual Science (1997). Anita has a wealth of postdoctoral research experience in clinical and behavioral neuroscience both nationally and internationally including a prestigious MRC Fellowship at the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL. She has secured highly competitive research funding from MRC, Wellcome, Chief Scientists Office and leading UK research charities. Professor Simmers has a broad portfolio of peer review for prestigious journals and leading funding organisations and charities as well as contributing to national Priority Setting Partnerships in sight loss and vision.
More recently she has taken up the role of Vice Dean, providing strategic leadership to the School of Heath and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University. The School of Health and Life Sciences, one of three academic schools in GCU, brings together the departments of Life Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and Community Health.
Professor Simmers is an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
"I am passionate about visual neuroscience and the interface between clinical and laboratory research. My research interests lie in the field of amblyopia, this is a widespread developmental visual deficit that has puzzled clinicians and scientists for decades. All my investigations are non-invasive, as well as adding to basic science they also provides critical information on the clinical management of a common eye condition, in the long-term I hope to develop successful treatment/training strategies for a range of visual disorders"
Professor Simmers is an experienced professional, well respected in her field and used to working within a team at senior level. She is a strategic thinker with a natural ability to lead and inspire a good communicator, able to listen, contribute positively and influence.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of developing a solid professional network when it comes to building your career and across the university she is member of GCU Women in STEMM Group, part of the Athena Swann Working Group and an Aurora mentor and role model.