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Dr. Avery’s research investigates methods for assessing the visual pathway of children with optic pathway gliomas and optic neuropathy. He is the principal investigator of a NIH/NEI sponsored grant using hand-held optical coherence tomography to monitor tumor progression in children with optic pathway gliomas. He serves as a principal investigator for the multi-center international study of optic pathway gliomas secondary to Neurofibromatosis type 1, funded by the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute.Key WordsNeurofibromatosis type 1; optic pathway glioma; optical coherence tomography; pediatric neuro-ophthalmology; vision loss; optic nerve
Avery Robert A, Shah Samir S, Licht Daniel J, Seiden Jeffrey A, Huh Jimmy W, Boswinkel Jan, Ruppe Michael D, Chew Amber, Mistry Rakesh D, Liu Grant T: Reference range for cerebrospinal fluid opening pressure in children. The New England journal of medicine 363 (9): 891-3,2010.
Avery Robert A: Interpretation of lumbar puncture opening pressure measurements in children. Journal of neuro-ophthalmology 34 (3): 284-7,2014.
Avery RA, Fisher MJ, Liu GT: Optic pathway gliomas. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology 31 (3): 269-78,2011.
Avery Robert A, Liu Grant T, Fisher Michael J, Quinn Graham E, Belasco Jean B, Phillips Peter C, Maguire Maureen G, Balcer Laura J: Retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in children with optic pathway gliomas. American journal of ophthalmology 151 (3): 542-9.e2,2011.
Avery Robert A, Ferner Rosalie E, Listernick Robert, Fisher Michael J, Gutmann David H, Liu Grant T: Visual acuity in children with low grade gliomas of the visual pathway: implications for patient care and clinical research. Journal of neuro-oncology 110 (1): 1-7,2012.
Avery Robert A, Hwang Eugene I, Ishikawa Hiroshi, Acosta Maria T, Hutcheson Kelly A, Santos Domiciano, Zand Dina J, Kilburn Lindsay B, Rosenbaum Kenneth N, Rood Brian R, Schuman Joel S, Packer Roger J: Handheld optical coherence tomography during sedation in young children with optic pathway gliomas. JAMA ophthalmology 132 (3): 265-71,2014.
Avery Robert A, Hwang Eugene I, Jakacki Regina I, Packer Roger J: Marked recovery of vision in children with optic pathway gliomas treated with bevacizumab. JAMA ophthalmology 132 (1): 111-4,2014.
Avery Robert A, Hardy Kristina K: Vision specific quality of life in children with optic pathway gliomas. Journal of neuro-oncology 116 (2): 341-7,2014.
Avery Robert A, Mansoor Awais, Idrees Rabia, Biggs Elijah, Alsharid Mohammad, Packer Roger J, Linguraru Marius G: Quantitative MRI criteria for optic pathway enlargement in neurofibromatosis type 1. Neurology 14 (86): 2264-70,2016.
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