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Dr Shaun Frost

Biomedical Scientist


Shaun Frost received his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Flinders University SA, B.Sc.(Hons) in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide and M.Sc. in Signal and Information Processing also from the University of Adelaide, and PhD in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia.

He worked for 9 years as a Defence Scientist with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), conducting research into infrared hyperspectral remote sensing, thermal imaging, electro-optic sensor design and development and also managed Defence scientific trials.

Shaun then transitioned into biomedical imaging and sensor design as Senior Biomedical Engineer with the Lions Eye Institute, Centre for Telemedicine and E-Health. He developed a portable camera for imaging the retina at the back of the eye, which is used in remote health and even made it to the space station to monitor astronaut eye health.

Shaun is now a Biomedical Scientist working for the CSIRO in the field of ocular biomarkers and neurodegenerative diseases. He manages clinical trials and develops medial imaging technology including artificial intelligence. A main focus of his research involves using advanced imaging techniques to develop an eye test for Alzheimer's disease. Preliminary testing indicates that this practical test can detect Alzheimer's disease approximately 20 years earlier than current diagnostic techniques, allowing earlier intervention and greater chance of altering the course of the disease.

Precise ocular monitoring of Alzheimer's pathology during drug trials could also empower the search for better treatments. Shaun also develops imaging devices and is involved in ocular screening for eye disease and other systemic diseases such as stroke, hypertension and also mental health disorders.