Dr Sandra Staffieri AO

Research Fellow, Clinical Orthoptist

Dr Sandra Staffieri AO is an orthoptist focused on hereditary eye diseases, including congenital glaucoma, congenital cataract, eye movement disorders and retinoblastoma.

Dr Sandra Staffieri AO

Research Fellow, Clinical Orthoptist

BAppSc (Orth), DipFlMn, PhD

Dr Sandra Staffieri AO is a Research Fellow at CERA and the Retinoblastoma Care Co-ordinator/Senior Clinical Orthoptist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria.

Her research focus includes hereditary eye diseases: congenital glaucoma, congenital cataract, eye movement disorders and retinoblastoma.

Dr Staffieri recently completed her PhD at CERA, University of Melbourne. With the aim of reducing delayed diagnosis of retinoblastoma (eye cancer in children), her study included the development and evaluation of an information pamphlet for new parents describing important early signs of eye problems in children.

The outcomes of her doctoral research studies have been incorporated into the infant health book provided to each parent “My Health, Learning and Development” as well as the Maternal Child Health App in Victoria.


Key research questions
  • Understanding the genes that cause genetic eye diseases: cataract, glaucoma, eye movement disorders and retinoblastoma
  • Raising awareness of signs of eye disease in children to improve outcomes
  • Surveillance and screening for retinoblastoma and congenital cataract
  • Psychosocial impact of treatment for childhood eye disease
  • Retinoblastoma survivorship – health, wellbeing and long-term surveillance

Selected publications

Key collaborators

Funding and support

Selected publications

Schofield D, Zeppel MJB, Staffieri SE, et al. Cost-effectiveness of the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis for retinoblastoma survivors. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online 2020;10:37-45 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2020.03.001

Fabian ID, Abdallah E, Abdullahi SU, … Staffieri SE, et al. Global Retinoblastoma Presentation: Analysis by National Income Level. (JAMA Oncol. Published online Feb 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.6716)

Staffieri SE, Kearns LS, Sanfilippo PG, et al. Crowd-sourced ontology for photo-leukocoria: Identifying common internet search terms for a potentially important pediatric sign. Transl.Vis.Sci.Technol. 2018 Feb;7(1):18. Published online 2018 Feb 15. doi: 10.1167/tvst.7.1.18

Staffieri SE, McGillivray G, Elder JE, et al. Managing fetuses at high risk of retinoblastoma: lesion detection on screening MRI. Prenat Diagn. 2015; 35(2):174-8.

Staffieri S, Ruddle J, Kearns L, et al. A telemedicine model to prevent blindness from familial glaucoma. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2011; 39(8):760-5 DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2011.02556.x

Staffieri SE, Mackey DA, Rock, Paper & Scissors – Paediatric Traumatic Cataract in Victoria 1992-2006. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2010; 38:237-2. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2010.02236.x

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