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Basic Information

Full Name: 
Dr.Ithar Beshtawi
Gender: 
Female
Martial Status: 
Single

Contact Information

Faculty: 
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Email addresses: 
[email protected]
Email addresses: 
[email protected]
Office Phone: 
+970 9 2345113 Ext (882467)
Address: 
Optometry Department, Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Town/City: 
Nablus
Country: 
Palestine

Personal Information

About me: 

Short Curriculum Vitae

Education: 
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry, (2013) University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  • Master of Science in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, (2010) University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  • BSc in Optometry (2008) An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  • General Examination Board(2004) Al-Aeshiya Secondary School, Nablus, Palestine
Employment history: 
  • 2014-Now, Full time lecturer and Assistant Professor, Optometry Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  • 2014-Now, Project Manager, Bioethics project, Public Health and Human Rights center (PHHRC), An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  • 2012-2013, Clinical Tutor, Optometry Department, School of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.
  • 2008-2009, Teaching and Research Assistant, Optometry College, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  • Demonstrator of Ocular and Corneal Aberrations using Shack-Hartmann aberrometer and Oculus Pentacam for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences MSc students, May 2012-May 2013, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Contact details; Dr. Hema Radhakrishnan, Email [email protected]
  • 2012, Clinical supervisor of Optometry clinics for undergraduate students, Optometry School, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Contact details; Dr. Hema Radhakrishnan, Email [email protected]
  • 2012, Demonstrator of Report Writing and Plagiarism workshop for MSc students, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Contact details; Dr. Hema Radhakrishnan, Email [email protected]
  • Involved in vision screening program, in primary schools, disabled care center and elderly care center in Palestine and in the UK
  • Member of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA).
  • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
  • Member of the Scientific Association for Palestinian Optometrists (SAPO).
Awards and distinctions: 
  • A medal award for my participation in The Bicentenary Ophthalmology Scientific Conference 2014 (MREH 200), 23-27 June 2014, Manchester, UK.
  • An-Najah National University Scholarship for postgraduate studies: Awarded in year 2010. Three years scholarship to get a PhD degree in Optometry.
  • Master of Science in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences with merit.
  • An-Najah National University Scholarship for postgraduate studies: Awarded in year 2009. Scholarship is awarded to a final professional BSc student on the basis of four yearly academics and extracurricular activities.
  • Bachelor of Science in Optometry with honours.
Research Interests: 
  • During the PhD a research was conducted to study the repeatability of Shack-Hartman aberometer and the Oculus Pentacam on normal subjects and a series of in-vitro studies were carried out to study the biomechanical and histological changes in the corneal tissue after applying different protocols of collagen cross-linking using normal and keratoconic corneas. A dissertation of 71, 375 words was submitted to the University of Manchester
  • During the MSc a research project was carried out to study the effect of multifocal contact lenses on peripheral refractive error. A dissertation of 10401 words was submitted to the University of Manchester
  • *Currently, I’m supervising the following research projects:
  • 1- Prevalence of Refractive Error among Preschool Children in Nablus City, Palestine
  • 2- The Prevalence of Inherited Color Vision Deficiency and its associated risk factors among Palestinian Medicine and Health Sciences Students
  • 3- International Nutrition and Dry Eye Study (INDES)
Research Groups: 
  • International Nutrition and Dry Eye Study (INDES) is a Multicenter study in collaboration with Aston University, UK (primary cite), Plymouth University (UK), University of Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain), University of New South Wales (Australia), University of Minho (Portugal)

History

Member for
4 years 18 weeks