Dr Joshua Foreman

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Joshua Foreman’s research focuses on the management of myopia, retinal biomarkers of ophthalmic and neurodegenerative diseases, diabetic retinopathy screening, and the epidemiology of vision impairment and major eye diseases.

Dr Joshua Foreman

Honorary Research Fellow

BBNSc, BSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Joshua Foreman is a Research Fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology, Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne, an Honorary Research Fellow at CERA, a Visiting Scholar at New York University and an Affiliate Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

He obtained a Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Monash University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Following that, he obtained his PhD in Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne and CERA, in which he worked on Australia’s first National Eye Health Survey (NEHS) to determine the prevalence and major causes of vision impairment and blindness in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adults.

He authored 30 publications based on this work and was awarded the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis.

Dr Foreman’s current interests include:

  • Management and prevention of myopia and smart device screen addiction
  • Hyperspectral imaging to detect retinal biomarkers of disease
  • Eye health education and awareness
  • Community-based participatory research with an emphasis on blindness prevention in low-income settings
  • Improving screening rates for diabetic retinopathy
  • The epidemiology of vision impairment and major eye diseases
  • Surveys on health-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices
Key research questions
  • Assess the relationship between digital device use and the onset, progression, and severity of myopia among children
  • Investigate the effectiveness of technological solutions, health promotion, and education for reducing digital device use, managing myopia, and improving uptake to eye health services
  • Investigate the use of digital phenotyping for predicting the onset and progression of myopia
  • Investigate the use of hyperspectral imaging for the detection of biomarkers of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Evaluate the impact of KeepSight, a national reminder system that is integrated within optometry services, on screening rates for diabetic retinopathy among Australians with diabetes
  • Develop, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically appropriate diabetic retinopathy screening and referral programs to prevent blindness among Latino communities in the United States

Current projects

Selected publications

Key collaborators

Funding and support

Current projects

  • Collaborating with industry to develop and evaluate technological solutions and educational material for the management of myopia and excessive smart device use among children worldwide (Singapore)
  • Hyperspectral imaging to identify novel retinal biomarkers of ophthalmic and neurological diseases (Australia)
  • KeepSight national diabetic retinopathy screening program (Australia)
  • Bi-national consulate-based diabetic retinopathy screening and referral protocol for blindness prevention among Mexican migrants with diabetes in the United States (USA)
  • National Eye Health Survey (Australia)
  • Nationwide longitudinal survey on knowledge, attitudes and practices to COVID-19 among adults in the United States (USA)

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