|Advisory Board (in alphabetical order)|
Richard Abbot (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
Alexander Brucker (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA)
David Chang (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
Frank Martin (University of Sydney, Australia)
Charles McGhee (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Stephen Obstbaum (New York University Medical School, USA)
Jose Pulido (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, USA)
Donald Tan (Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore)
George Waring III (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Robert Weinreb (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Tien-Yin Wong (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Kanxing Zhao (The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, China)
|Dennis Lam (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)|
|Robert Ritch (New York Medical College, USA)
Yizhi Liu (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Srinivas Rao (Sri Ramachandra Medical University in Chennai, India)
Calvin Pang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Taraprasad Das (L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar campus, India)
Jost Jonas (Medical Faculty Mannheim of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany)
Charles McGhee (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Srinivas Rao (Sri Ramachandra Medical University in Chennai, India)
Jerry Shields (Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA)
Ningli Wang (Beijing Tongren Hospital, China)
Kang Zhang (University of California, San Diego, USA)
|Section Editors (in alphabetical order) |
Makoto Araie (Kanto Central Hospital, Japan)
Tin Aung (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Rajvardhan Azad (Dr R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, India)
Michael Belin (University of Arizona, USA)
Jeffrey Boatright (Emory University School of Medicine, USA)
Carmen Chan (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Nathan Congdon (Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, China)
Craig Donaldson (Westmead Children’s Hospital, Australia)
Ivan Goldberg (Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia)
Kaan Gunduz (Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey)
Minggunag He (Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China)
Suber Huang (Centre for Retina and Macular Disease of the University Hospitals Eye Institute, USA)
Martine Jager (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Satoshi Kashii (Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan)
Yoon-Duck Kim (Samsung Medical Center, Korea)
Ronald Krueger (Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA)
Hyung Woo Kwak (Kyung Hee University Hospital, Korea)
Timothy Lai (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Michael Lawless (Vision Eye Institute, Australia)
Andrew Lee (The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, USA)
Christopher Leung (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Xiaoxin Li (Peking University People’s Hospital, China)
Yuanbo Liang (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Xiaofeng Lin (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
David Liu (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Marilyn Miller (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Toru Nakazawa (Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan)
Kohji Nishida (Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan)
Dipika Patel (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Narsing Rao (University of Southern California, USA)
Dhanashree Ratra (Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India)
Tim Roberts (Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia)
Savitri Sharma (L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, India)
Rita Sitorus (Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia, Indonesia)
Marie-José Tassignon (Antwerp University, Faculty of Medicine, Belgium)
Clement Tham (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
David Tse (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, USA)
Kazuo Tsubota (Keio University School of Medicine, Japan)
Abhay Vasavada (Raghudeep Eye Hospital, India)
Jie Jin Wang (University of Sydney, Australia)
Lixin Xie (Shandong Eye Institute, Qingdao, China)
Peizeng Yang (First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, China)
Ke Yao (Second Affiliated Hospital Zhejiang University, China)
Chee-Chew Yip (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore)
Hunter Yuen (Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Hong Kong)
Marco Zarbin (New Jersey Medical School, USA)
Qingjiong Zhang (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
|Editorial Board Members (in alphabetical order)|
Jyotirmay Biswas (Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India)
Teresa Borras (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
Jane W. Chan (University of Nevada School of Medicine, USA)
Dongfeng Chen (Harvard Medical School, USA)
Weirong Chen (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Colin Clement (Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia)
Bertil Damato (Ocular Oncology Service in Liverpool, UK)
Ronnie George (Sankara Nethralaya, India)
Ashok Grover (Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India)
Neeru Gupta (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada)
Masanori Hangai (Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan)
Susumu Ishida (Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan)
Navin Jayakumar (Darshan Eye Clinic, Chennai, India)
Vishal Jhanji (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Ryo Kawasaki (Yamagata University, Japan)
Ben Lam (Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Hong Kong)
Wai-Ching Lam (University of Toronto, Canada)
Flora Lau (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Vincent Lee (Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong)
Yow Chon Lee (Lee Eye Centre, Malaysia)
Emmy Li (Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Hong Kong)
Shirley Liu (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Lin Lu (Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Fairooz Manjandavida (Dennis Lam Eye Hospital, Shenzan, China)
Carlos Gustavo V. de Moraes (New York University School of Medicine, USA)
Toshinori Murata (Shinshu University, School of Medicine, Matsumoto, Japan)
Francis Price (Price Vision Group, USA)
Nasir Saeed (Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Pakistan)
Justine Smith (Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, USA)
Sharon Tow (Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore)
Victoria Wong (Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Hong Kong)
Lin-Chung Woung (Taipei City Hospital, Chinese Taipei)
Jason Yam (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Alvin Young (Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong)
Minbin Yu (Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, China)
Junewen Zeng (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Mingzhi Zhang (ShantouUniversity/Chinese
University of Hong Kong Joint Shantou International Eye Center, China)
Fengju Zhang (Beijing Tongren Hospital of Capital Medical University, China)
Yingfeng Zheng (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)
|Managing Editor: Florence Chung|
Editorial Assistant: Joyce Kung
Richard ABBOTT, USA
Dr Abbott currently is the Thomas W. Boyden Health Sciences Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco and Research Associate at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation. Dr Abbott has served on the editorial boards of several ophthalmic journals and continues to lecture and publish on a variety of topics focusing primarily on corneal and external diseases of the eye, as well as quality of care, clinical practice guidelines, and medicolegal issues. He has authored or co-authored 88 publications and 32 book chapters and has delivered over 650 invited lectures and 20 named lectures. Dr Abbott has received numerous honors, including the prestigious U.S. President’s 25 year Volunteer Service Award, the International Golden Service Award from the Chinese Academy of Ophthalmology, the Jose Rizal Medal for International Service to the Asia Pacific region, the AE Maumenee Pan American Medal for Distinguished Service to Latin America, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Abbott is the immediate Past President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Past President of both the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology and the Pan American Ophthalmological Foundation. Dr Abbott is a Board Director for the International Council of Ophthalmology and serves as Chairman of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. He is a member of both the American Ophthalmological Society and Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.
Makoto ARAIE, Japan
Affiliation: Director, Kanto Central Hospital, The Mutual Aid Association of Public School Teachers; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo; Visiting Professor, Institute of Medical Science, Tokyo Medical University; Visiting Professor, Saitama Medical University. Area of Interest: Ocular blood flow, Normal tension glaucoma, Pharmacokinetics, Population-based study. Special honors: Suda Prize from Japan Glaucoma Society (1992); Alcon Research Institute's Award (1993); The Japan Ophthalmological Society Council Award (1999). The Japan Ophthalmological Society Award (2010). Leadership positions: Executive Committee Member of Glaucoma Research Society (2003-2008); President, Japanese Society for Ocular Pharmacology (2004-2006), Trustee, The Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons (2002-); President, Japan glaucoma Society (2006-); President, Japanese Ophthalmological Society (2007-2009); President, Asia-Oceanic Glaucoma Society (2007-), Council, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2003-); President, World Glaucoma Association (2009-)of Academy; Editor-in-Chief, Folia Japonica de Ophthalmologica Clinica (2008-); Editorial Board, Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology (1996-); American Journal of Ophthalmology (2001-2004); Journal of Glaucoma (2006-).
Tin AUNG, Singapore
Tim Aung, Senior Consultant and Head, Glaucoma Service, Singapore National Eye Centre; Deputy Director, Singapore Eye Research Institute; Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore. A/Prof Aung is a clinician-scientist and leads the Glaucoma Research Group and the Ocular Genetics Group at the Singapore Eye Research Institute/SNEC. His main research interests are angle closure glaucoma and the molecular genetics of eye diseases. He has more than 220 publications, has been an Invited Lecturer to >70 International Conferences and has received numerous awards including the Singapore NMRC Clinician Scientist Awards in 2005 and 2008, the Nakajima Award from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in 2006 and the Singapore President’s Science Award in 2009. A/Prof Aung has more than US$15 million in competitive research grant funding and has set up collaborations with many centres worldwide in the US, UK, India, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan. A/Prof Aung is a member of the Editorial Board of Ophthalmology, Eye, Journal of Glaucoma, and 6 other journals.
Rajvardhan AZAD, India
Prof. Rajvardhan Azad, MBBS, MD (Ophth.), FRCSed, FAMS, FICS, Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Vitreoretinal & ROP Services at Dr R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, is currently the Regional Secretary of Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and Secretary General of SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology. He is regarded and credited with shaping ophthalmic care and education in the Indian subcontinent. He was President of All India Ophthalmological Society and also Vitreo-Retinal Society of India. He is Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, National Academy of Medical Sciences and International College of Surgeons. He is also Consultant for WHO, Sight Savers India, ORBIS International and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He has major significant contribution in research in the field of ROP, Diabetic Retinopathy, AMD, Vascular Occlusion and other Retinal Diseases. He is Principal Investigators in more than 12 Multi Centre Global Clinical Trials and Chairman, Task Force and expert for Indian Council of Medical Research on various project related to retinal research. He has more than 200 publications in peer reviewed Journals, Authored 8 Books and has contributed Chapters in over 50 Books and periodicals. He is on Editorial Board and Reviewer of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Clinical & Experimental Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Ophthalmology World Journal of Eye Retina Vitreous, Acta Ophthalmologica and other periodicals. He has been honored with over 35 Awards and Orations. He has received awards by American Academy of Ophthalmology (Achievement Award), Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (De O’campo Oration for highest Academy Excellence in Asia Pacific Region) and All India Ophthalmological Society Dr P. Siva Reddy International Gold Medal and Dr C.N. Shroff Gold Medal for best retinal work in India besides felicitation like Life Time Achievement Award from many other societies.
Michael W. BELIN, USA
Michael W. Belin, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (Tucson, Arizona). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the Albany Medical College (Albany, New York) and University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario). Dr. Belin is Past-President of the Cornea Society (2006-8) and currently serves a Vice-President for International Development. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and serves on the Board of Directors, the Medical Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America. Michael is also vice-chair of the American University Professors of Ophthalmology’s Fellowship Compliance Committee. Dr. Belin is a past recipient of the AAO Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Achievment Award and a recipient of the AAO Life Time Achievment Award. He is the AAO’s representative to Australia and New Zealand and serves on the American Academy’s International Meetings Committee.
Jyotirmay BISWAS, India
Dr Jyotirmay Biswas is an ophthalmologist who has specialized in uveitis and ophthalmic pathology. He has done MBBS from Medical College, Calcutta and post graduation in ophthalmology from PGIMER, Chandigarh, and fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery from Sankara Nethralaya. He did two years fellowship in ophthalmic pathology from Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, USA. He has published 264 articles in peer reviewed journals, 40 chapters in books of ophthalmology. He presented 29 papers in international conferences and 158 papers in national and state conferences. He had given 260 lectures in international and national conferences. He has received 26 awards which includes Hari OM Ashram award for clinical research from Medical Council of India. He is a member of International Uveitis Study Group and executive council member of International Ocular Inflammation Society. He was the first to describe ocular lesions in AIDS in India and published many articles. His current area of research is ocular tuberculosis, AIDS and Eales' disease. Currently he is working as director of uveitis and ophthalmic pathology departments at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. Dr Biswas also a marathon runner recites Bengali poems and writes Bengali articles and received many awards.
Jeffrey BOATRIGHT, USA
Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, is a graduate of Brown University (ScB in Neural Sciences and Experimental Psychology) and Emory University (PhD in Pharmacology and the Neurosciences Training Program). He joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology in 1999, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and is currently Director of the Redmond-Firman Center for Glaucoma Research at Emory University. Dr Boatright's initial research focused on the regulation of retinal gene expression funded by an independent R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute (NIH NEI). This research expanded into using endogenous DNA repair mechanisms to treat genetic mutations that lead to blindness, a project also funded by an NEI R01. Recently develops in this project include using preconditioned tolerance to enhance endogenous DNA repair capability in the retina. In a separate project, Dr Boatright uses in vivo pharmacological approaches to explore the effects of atypical, endogenous compounds on animal models of retinal degeneration and glaucoma. This work is funded by the Katz Foundation, Foundation Fighting Blindness, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH NCCAM), and a Merit Award from the Veterans Administration in collaboration with Dr Machelle Pardue of the Atlanta VA Center of Excellence. Dr Boatright is Co-Principle Investigator on an NEI R24 and an NEI R01 whose aims include development of drug delivery to the posterior eye. He is also Co-Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Module of the Eye Center's NEI Core grant. Dr Boatright is founding and current editor-in-chief of Molecular Vision, a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the dissemination of research results in molecular biology, cell biology, and the genetics of the visual system. The journal is ranked in the top three in a field of 14 competing journals and is routinely used as an open access exemplar by the National Library of Medicine and The National Institutes of Health Library. The journal is co-sponsored by the Emory Eye Center and Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center of Sun Yat-sen University and is further supported by Knights Templar. Dr Boatright also serves on the editorial review boards of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, International Ophthalmology Times, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr Boatright is the 2012 president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the premier vision research organization in the United States. He was named Silver Fellow of ARVO In 2010 and Gold Fellow in 2012, honors that recognize members for their accomplishments, leadership, and contributions to the Association. Dr Boatright also holds memberships in American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Society for Eye Research.
Teresa BORRAS, USA
Dr Terete Borrás is an ocular molecular biologist with an interest in gene therapy. She received her Master degree in Biology from the University of Madrid, Spain and her Doctorate in Molecular Biology under a collaborative program of the University of Madrid and Purdue University, Indiana. She studied regulation of lens gene expression at the National Eye Institute (NIH) and led her laboratory to the identification of the mutation responsible for hereditary cataracts in an animal model. She directed the research division of an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company in Barcelona, Spain with an interest in glaucoma drugs. She is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Borrás is a member of the scientific advisory and editorial board of scientific association and has organized numerous national and international symposiums. She was the recipient of the “Jules and Doris Stein Professorship Award” from the Research to Prevent Blindness and the Association of International Glaucoma Societies (AIGS) Award for breakthrough in Glaucoma Research. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is mainly focused on the search for alternative, long-term treatments of glaucoma by the use of gene therapy. She has pioneered new strategies for delivering genes to the eye, and identified several candidate genes with good potential to reduce intraocular pressure. Her goals are to be able to provide the molecular basis onto which new efficient and safer gene/drugs for glaucoma could be developed.
Alexander BRUCKER, USA
Alexander Brucker was educated at the University of Maryland and received his M.D. degree at New York Medical College. After completing a residency at the Fridenwald Institute of Maryland General Hospital, he did a Fellowship in Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous under the mentorship of Dr Arnall Patz at The Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1977, Dr Brucker relocated to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he was appointed to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, and in 1994 became Professor of Ophthalmology, a position which he holds since that time. He served as Chief of the Retina and Vitreous Service at the Scheie Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology from 1979-1995. During the course of his career, Dr Brucker has served in many leadership capacities, too numerous to list in this short biography, but a sample which is listed herein. He is a member of societies and organizations such as the Macula Society of which he served as President in 1992, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, Club Jules Gonin, and the American Uveitis Society. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Philadelphia from 1987-90, holding other positions within that Foundation over the years. Dr Brucker has received numerous awards which have acknowledged his leadership in education, research, and patient care. He has been honored by Philadelphia Magazine with “Best Doctors” on numerous occasions, has received the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Pennsylvania on three occasions, was the recipient of the Albrecht von Graefe Award for distinguished contributions in ophthalmology by the American Society of Contemporary Ophthalmology, was the recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, received the Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and was the recipient of the J. Donald M. Gass Medal by the Macula Society at its meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. Dr Brucker has been invited to give numerous Named Lectureships throughout the world, some of which include the C.S. O’Brien Professorship Lecture at Tulane University, the Nachazel Lecture at William Beaumont Hospital, and the Albert C. Snell Memorial Lecture at the University of Rochester. Dr Brucker is the Editor-in-Chief of the foremost retina journal, RETINA, the Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases, a position he has held and currently holds since 1981. He is currently Editor of Retinal Cases and Brief Reports, and is Section Editor for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr Brucker has received innumerable invitations to be moderators of panels and honored guest lecturers locally as well as worldwide in such venues as Cape Town, Berlin, Sydney, Milan, Geneva, Bali, and Bangkok, just to name a few. He has authored over 100 papers which have been printed in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, and has been the author of published books, texts, and chapters, the list too large to mention. His special interests have been the surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, vascular occlusive diseases, and clinical trials to evaluate treatments for retinal diseases. Dr Brucker has been Principal Investigator of multiple clinical trials including the Diabetes Control and Complications and Trial (DCCT), the Age-Related Eye Disease Study II, the MacTel Study, and a multitude of other randomized controlled trials of retinal and vitreous diseases. He has served as P.I. of two recent diabetic retinopathy trials sponsored by the DRCR.net of the National Eye Institute. He has served on the Executive Committee of that organization. Dr Brucker has also served for seven years as a voting member of the Department of Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Ophthalmic Device Panel, an important regulatory panel for ophthalmology. Dr Brucker has been a role model for generations of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues, many of whom continue to contact him with regard to his expertise in the field of ophthalmology and specifically, diseases of the retina and vitreous.
David CHANG, USA
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, David F. Chang, MD is clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco and adjunct clinical professor at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. He previously chaired the ASCRS Cataract Clinical Committee and will serve as ASCRS president in 2012. Dr Chang is also Chairman of the AAO Cataract Preferred Practice Pattern Committee, immediate past chair of the AAO Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum Panel for Cataract/Anterior Segment, and in 2009 completed his 5-year term as chair of the AAO Annual Meeting program committee. He is a board member of the ASCRS Foundation and the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology and serves on the medical advisory board of three global humanitarian organizations (Himalayan Cataract Project, Help Me See, and Project Vision). Dr Chang is the chief medical editor of EyeWorld and was previously chief medical editor for Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Dr Chang has received the highest honor for cataract surgery from ASCRS (Binkhorst Medal), the AAO (Kelman Lecture), the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (Lim Medal), the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (Rayner Medal), the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Award of Excellence), the Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society (Gold Medal), and the Italian Ophthalmological Society (Strampelli Medal). He has delivered keynote lectures for the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, the Chinese Ophthalmological Society, and the Argentinean Society of Ophthalmology. In 2006, he became only the third ophthalmologist to ever receive the Charlotte Baer Award honoring the outstanding clinical faculty member at the UCSF Medical School.
Carmen CHAN, Hong Kong
Dr Carmen K M Chan, MB BChir (Cantab), MRCP(UK), MRCOphth, FRCSEd(Ophth), FCOphth (HK), FHKAM(Ophthalmology), graduated from the University of Cambridge with 1st class honours, and the University of London. She underwent training in internal medicine and ophthalmology in the UK before returning to Hong Kong to join the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital (HKEH). Dr Chan subspecialises in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Uveitis. She received fellowship training in Neuro-ophthalmology under the mentorship of Prof Neil Miller at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, US; and Prof J F Cullen at the Singapore National Eye Center. She is currently Associate Consultant, coordinator of the Neuro-ophthalmology Service and deputy coordinator of the Medical Retina and Uveitis service at the HKEH. She has published 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 2 book chapters. She has been on the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress scientific program committee (Neuro-ophthalmology) since 2008 and she is currently on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology.
Dong Feng CHEN, USA
Dr Dong Feng Chen, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School. Dr Chen's research focuses on mechanisms and application of neuroregenerative approach for retinal and CNS repair. Her lab is the first to demonstrate full-length optic nerve regeneration in post born mice, and moreover, discovering the molecules that can awaken the "sleeping" progenitor cells to repair the retina. These works hold a promise not only for restoring sight to people with retinal or optic nerve damage or diseases, but similarly to repair spinal cord or brain injuries. Dr Chen is a graduate of Beijing University, School of Medicine, and was trained in the laboratory of Nobel laurel Dr Susumu Tonegawa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before she joined the faculty at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Harvard Medical School. She was featured on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation." She is an RPB Sybil B. Harrington Scholar and recipient of Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from RP International.
Colin CLEMENT, Australia
Colin Clement received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has also completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD at the same institution. He undertook ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital followed by glaucoma fellowship training in the UK and Switzerland. Dr Clement is currently a staff specialist in the glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. He chairs the associate advisory committee of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery and is a member of the expert advisory committee for Glaucoma Australia. In addition, Colin is an associate editor for the Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice. He has clinical research interests in glaucoma surgery techniques and outcomes, and has authored 5 book chapters and more than 30 original research articles.
Nathan CONGDON, China
Dr Nathan Congdon received an AB degree from Princeton University and an MPhil from Cambridge, both in Oriental languages and literature. He is fluent in written and spoken mandarin Chinese and has maintained a life-long interest in Chinese culture, which he has chosen to pursue through medicine. His medical and public health education were received at Johns Hopkins University, where he pursued an ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr Congdon’s career has focused on public health research as a tool to improve the quality of blindness prevention programs in rural Asia. He has worked at the nexus between academia and program delivery. His research has resulted in the publication of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and has been supported by the NIH, World Bank, RPB and the governments of China and Hong Kong. Dr Congdon moved with his family to China five years ago, where he is a Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology at Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, the largest eye hospital in China. He regularly collaborates on blindness prevention programs in Asia and elsewhere with NGOs including Helen Keller International, ORBIS International and the Fred Hollows Foundation. In addition to providing medical and surgical care to adults and children with glaucoma, a major focus of Dr Congdon’s work has been the training of the next generation of eye doctors in China. He has received the Wilmer Resident Teaching Award, the Outstanding Service Award and Holmes Lecture Award from the APAO, and has recently been awarded a Thousand Man Prize by the Chinese government.
Bertil DAMATO, UK
Professor Bertil Damato is Director of the Ocular Oncology Service in Liverpool. This service receives more than 700 new patients each year from all over the British Isles and from overseas. The main conditions treated include melanoma, metastasis, haemangioma and lymphoma. Therapies include plaque and proton beam radiotherapy, trans-scleral and trans-retinal local resection, various forms of phototherapy and topical chemotherapy. His main research interests relate to melanoma and include development and evaluation of novel therapies, genetic abnormalities, toxic tumour syndrome, and quality of life. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, several chapters and authored or co-authored textbooks. Professor Damato is President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology and Past President of the Ophthalmic Oncology Group and the European Vision and Eye Research Association.
Taraprasad DAS, India
Dr Das is currently Director of the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar campus in India and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology in University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY, USA. Trained in medical and surgical management of vitreo retinal diseases he has received ten research grants and has led or currently leading a number of research programs in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He also has active clinical and research interest in infective endophthalmitis. He has published 142 papers, 27 book chapters and has authored or edited 6 books. He has given more than 300 lectures in the country and abroad. The leadership positions of Dr Das currently include: Vice President, Asia Pacific Vitreo Retinal Society; Member, Research Committee, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology; Associate Editor, Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology; Convenor, National Board of examinations Specialty Advisory Board (Ophthalmology), Government of India; Member, Board of Studies in Ophthalmology, KIIT University; and Secretary of Vision 2020, India. He is also former President of All India Ophthalmological Society and Vitreo Retinal Society of India. The Indian Journal of Ophthalmology celebrated the golden jubilee while he was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Dr Das has delivered seven named lectures, has received fifteen awards from state and national societies (1993- 2009) in India, from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO, 2006) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO, 2003). He was conferred Doctorate of Science (Honaris Causa) by the Raveshaw University in year 2011.
Craig DONALDSON, Australia
Dr Craig Donaldson, MBBS, FRANZCO, FRACS. Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS). Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. The 1997 John Gaby Prize in Research, presented by The University of Toronto.Staff Specialist Westmead Children’s Hospital and Visiting Medical Officer at Sydney Eye Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital. Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Strabismus Society. Senior member scientific programme committee RANZCO annual conference. Pacific Region Co-ordinator of the scientific programme for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus for the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Annual conference. Supervisor of Fellowship training programme at Westmead Children’s Hospital Westmead. RANZCO councilor 2001-2006. Secretary NSW Branch RANZCO 2001-2006. Australian Orthoptic Board member 2000 until present.
Ronnie GEORGE, India
Dr Ronnie George is currently a Senior Consultant in the Glaucoma Department and Research Director at Medical and Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, India. He has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed indexed publications, eight book chapters and has delivered more than 150 lectures at various conferences as an invited speaker. He was a clinical investigator for a number of population-based epidemiology studies, including “The Chennai Glaucoma Study and the Chennai Glaucoma Follow Up Study” and the “Chennai Eye Disease Incidence Study.” He was awarded the Thiru CK.Kumaraswamy Gold Medal by Dr MGR Medical University for MS Ophthalmology and the Thomas Gold Medal by Christian Medical College Vellore in 2001. He received the Pfizer Best Paper Award for Research Work presented at the 13th Annual Glaucoma Society of India Meeting in 2003 and he is also an Associate Advisory Board member for the World Glaucoma Association and is a past Secretary of the Glaucoma Society of India.
Ivan GOLDBERG, Australia
Ivan Goldberg is Director of Eye Associates, Head of the Glaucoma Unit at the Sydney Eye Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Discipline of Ophthalmology. He has a special interest in glaucoma. Co-founder and Vice President of Glaucoma Australia, Ivan is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group, and a Past President of the World Glaucoma Association, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the South East Asia Glaucoma Interest Group (SEAGIG). In recognition of his work promoting national and international glaucoma societies and patient support associations, this year Ivan was made a Member of the Order of Australia. When President of RANZCO, Ivan hosted the World Ophthalmology Congress in Sydney (2002), which attracted over 4000 ophthalmologists and other eye care workers. Earlier this year he was President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in the Darling Harbour Exhibition and Convention Centre, which had 4700 registrants, the majority from developing nations. Ivan is the author or co-author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications, 20 Editorials, 18 book chapters and is a Reviewer for and a member of the Editorial Boards of a dozen international glaucoma and ophthalmology Journals. He is involved in patient care, clinical research projects and educational strategies.
Ashok GROVER, India
Dr A. K. Grover, Chairman, department of Ophthalmology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi is the recipient of the prestigious National award of Padma Shri by the President of India. Dr Grover is the President of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS), a board member of the Afro Asian Academy of Ophthalmology and Councillor at large of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. (APAO). Dr Grover is the past president of Oculoplastics Association of India, and vice President of the Asia Pacific Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery (APSOPRS). Dr Grover is the recipient of the prestigious Col. Rangachari Award for the best paper presented at the AIOS. He has been awarded an honorary FRCS, honorary Fellowship of the International Council of Ophthalmology (FICO) and of the International Medical Science Academy (FIMSA) He has been awarded distinguished service award by the APAO and has received named orations from most regional, state and subspecialty societies in India. Dr Grover has been invited to conduct courses or deliver guest lectures at the WOC, AAO, APAO, APSOPRS and the Afro Asian Congress. He has over 75 publications, 50 chapters and over 900 National and International presentations.
Ahmet Kaan GÜNDÜZ, Turkey
Ahmet Kaan Gündüz is currently Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey. After obtaining his MD degree from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey in 1988, Dr. Gündüz completed his residency at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, between 1998 and 1993. From 1996 to 1998 Dr Gündüz worked on a two-year ocular oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital, USA. Dr. Gündüz attended a two-week phacoemulsification training program in Nagpur, India in 1994 and completed a one-year clinical vitreous retina surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic, USA in 1997. Dr. Gündüz has published more than 140 papers in indexed journals and has written and co-authored several book chapters and monographs. His main interests include eyelid, conjunctival, intraocular tumors, orbital diseases and surgery, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, uveitis, and cataract surgery. Dr. Gündüz serves as a section editor for the journal, Eye, the Middle-East African Journal of Ophthalmology and is an editorial board member for Expert Review of Ophthalmology and International Journal of Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of the Turkish Ophthalmological Society, International Society of Ocular Oncology, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gündüz is married and has one daughter. Personal website: www.kaangunduz.com.tr
Neeru GUPTA, Canada
Dr Neeru Gupta is Professor and Dorothy Pitts Chair of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Glaucoma and Nerve Protection Unit and appointed also to the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Dr Gupta is the President of the Canadian Glaucoma Society, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the International Council of Ophthalmology. She is past Chair of the Glaucoma Section for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and currently serves the Board of Directors of the American Glaucoma Society. Her research work is internationally recognized for groundbreaking investigations into visual system injury in glaucoma, and new insights into the outflow pathways of the eye.
Masanori HANGAI, Japan
Masanori Hangai, MD, PhD, graduated from Kyoto University School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan, in 1990. He obtained his PhD in 1996 at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan. From 1997 to 2000, Dr Hangai was a Visiting Researcher and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Doheny Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Since 2003, Dr Hangai has been a member of the faculty at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine; he is now an Associate Professor. His primary area of interest is retinal and glaucoma imaging using new optical imaging technologies such as spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), swept source-OCT at 1050 nm, and adaptive optics-scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AO-SLO). In his series of publications using prototype and commercially available SD-OCT instruments, Dr Hangai demonstrated that SD-OCT allows effective three-dimensional imaging and speckle noise-reduced imaging, both of which are extremely useful for diagnosis of various retinal diseases and glaucoma. With his young investigators, he is now studying photoreceptor and leukocyte imaging using prototype AO-SLO systems.
Mingguang HE, China
Prof Mingguang He is currently the Deputy Director and professor in Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. He received his research training in Johns Hopkins University (MPH) and University College London (MSc and PhD). His research interest includes clinical and epidemiological research, randomized trial, twin study and imaging technology. He has published more than 70 papers in the international peer-reviewed journals and some important book chapters. He has given more than 30 invited lectures at Asia regional and international conferences. He serves as associate editor for Eye Science, editorial board member for Ophthalmology, International Review of Glaucoma and several Chinese ophthalmic journals. He has received several awards including a University College London Graduate Research Scholarship and Overseas Research Scholarship (2002), Top 3 and Top 10 best poster awards from the World Glaucoma Congress in Vienna (2005) and Singapore (2007), best paper presentation at the SEAGIG conference (2006) and distinguished young scholar award from the National Natural Science Foundation (2011).
Suber S. HUANG, USA
Suber S. Huang, MD, MBA received his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University, USA, his medical degree in 1985 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA and his MBA in 2004 from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, USA.
Dr. Huang joined the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University Hospitals of Cleveland, USA and Case Western Reserve University in 1993. In 1999, he founded the Retinal Diseases Image Analysis Reading Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He served as Ophthalmology Residency Program Director from 2001-2003. Dr. Huang is currently Vice-Chairman, Director of Centre for Retina and Macular Disease of the University Hospitals Eye Institute and is Director of Ophthalmology Clinical Research Programs.
In 2010, Dr. Huang was elected President of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) and Chair of the Foundation of the ASRS. In 2012, he founded the ASRS Retinal Image Bank which has become the world’s largest and most comprehensive open-access repository of retinal images and video. He has served the American Academy of Ophthalmology on the Retina Sub-Specialty Program, the Ophthalmology Technology and Assessment Committee, and is the current Chair of the Research, Regulatory and External Scientific Affairs Committee. Since 2003, Dr. Huang has served on the Steering Committee for the National Eye Health Education Program, an advisory board to the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health. He is Chair of the Diabetic Eye Disease program and has a long-standing interest in the use of tele-ophthalmology for risk assessment of ocular complications of diabetes. Dr. Huang served on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from 2007-2010. He is a member of the Ophthalmology Leadership Advocacy Group, National Academies of Practice, Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives.
Dr. Huang served as faculty advisor for the Asian American Alliance from 1998-2009 and in 2008 he helped found Case for Sight, an undergraduate philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision loss. He is a trustee of the University School and chair of the school’s Anderson Scholars Program in Cleveland, USA.
Dr. Huang has research interests in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cell-based therapy, and retinal surgery. He is leading programs to develop novel diagnostic and surgical instrumentation, stem cell research and to implant the world’s first retina prosthesis, serves as a research consultant to industry, the National Eye Institute, and to NASA, and has given invited lectures worldwide. Dr. Huang’s honors include the achievement and senior honor awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He has been selected each year since 2003 to the Top Doctors in America, Northern Ohio Live and Cleveland Magazine Top Doctors award. In 2012, he received the Secretariat’s Award for contributions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). In 2013, he was awarded the AAO Senior Honor Award, Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital’s Pediatric Innovation Award, the J. Donald M. Gass award from the Ophthalmic Photographers Society, the Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council, was named Person of the Year by the Cleveland Sight Center, and was editor of his first book, Retina Images. He also received the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Health Care Foundation of New Jersey 2000 Humanism in Medicine award.
Susumu ISHIDA, Japan
Dr Ishida is a leading expert on retinal vascular diseases and is currently a professor of ophthalmology at Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. After completing his medical degree in 1990, he undertook his residency in ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine. He completed fellowships in the Department of Ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. Dr Ishida’s research interests focus on the roles of VEGF in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He is an author on over 100 scientific publications (impact factor: over 400) covering both clinical and basic studies. In 2009, he received the most honorable award from the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS), called the JOS Council Award.
Martine JAGER, Netherlands
Dr Martine J. Jager is head of the Laboratory of Ophthalmology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. She received her MD degree and PhD in immunology from Leiden University, did her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Amsterdam, and a research and clinical Cornea and ocular surface disease fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. She is a frequent visitor at the Schepens Eye Research institute, Boston, where she holds a position as adjunct scientist. Her research interests are immunology and development of uveal melanoma, and ocular surface diseases, on which subjects she has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers as well as over 20 book chapters. She is reviewer for many ophthalmological journals, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, among others. She mentors medical students (now over 75) and postdoctoral fellows (over 15), in the Netherlands as well as abroad. One of her self-appointed jobs is helping students to gain experience by studying in another country. She has lectured worldwide, and has been principal investigator on numerous grants dealing with the development and immunology of uveal melanoma. Many projects involve international collaborations. Dr Jager has served as President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), is currently a Board member of the International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO), and of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER), Chairman of the Council of ARVO chapters, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Council of Ophthalmology. In 2011, she was elected member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.
Navin JAYAKUMAR, India
Dr Navin Jayakumar MBBS DO FRCSEd, Director, Darshan Eye Clinic, Chennai; Consultant, Vasan Eye Care Hospital, Chennai; Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology; Asia Co-ordinator for Neuro-ophthalmology, Scientific Program Committee, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr Navin Jayakumar studied at Madras Medical College (1978-1984) and Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Chennai (DO 1986-1988), and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FRCSEd 2001). He trained in the superspeciality of neuro-ophthalmology at renowned centres in USA including Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA (1993-1994) with luminaries like Dr Neil Miller, Dr Joel Glazer, and Prof William Hoyt. He joined Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai in 1991 and was Head of Department of Neuro-ophthalmology at Sankara Nethralaya (2002-2005). In 2005 he was invited by The Chinese University of Hong Kong to help establish a Department of Neuro-Ophthalmology. He was also designated Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology at the Shantou Medical University, People’s Republic of China. During this period he also taught state-of-the-art cataract surgery aboard the Lifeline Express, a charitable eye hospital on wheels, in remote areas in China and was recognized by Hong Kong’s Action for Vision Foundation in 2006 for his work in alleviating cataract blindness there. Since 2008 he is also a visiting consultant at Vasan Eye Care Hospitals Chennai. Dr Navin Jayakumar was the Asia co-coordinator for Neuro-ophthalmology Symposium for the 2008 World Ophthalmology Congress, and is the Asia coordinator for Neuro-ophthalmology for the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Meetings from 2009 till date. In 2010 January he became the first Indian to be invited to the Editorial Board of the premier scientific neuro-ophthamology journal in the world - the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology.
Vishal JHANJI, Hong Kong
Dr Vishal Jhanji is Assistant Professor in the Cornea and External Eye Diseases and Refractive Surgery Unit of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has co-pioneered new techniques of endothelial corneal transplantation during his fellowship in Australia. He has several publications to his credit in various international peer-reviewed journals. He has presented his scientific work in various international meetings and has won the best of show award at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in the year 2008 and 2009. Dr Vishal is presently involved in research encompassing the fields of corneal surgery, novel techniques of corneal transplantation, prevention of corneal graft rejections, management of viral corneal infections, and refractive surgery.
Jost JONAS, Germany
Prof Jonas is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg in Germany. Prof. Jonas has research interests in the intravitreal application of medication as treatment of intraocular edematous, proliferative and neovascular diseases; the intravitreal cell-based drug therapy; the homologous intravitreal bone-marrow transplantation; the femtosecond laser assisted surgery of the cornea; the contact lens associated ophthalmodynamometry for measurement of the retinal arterial and venous blood pressure; the morphologic diagnosis of optic nerve diseases including the glaucomas; population-based studies (Beijing Eye Study; Central India Eye and Medical Study); and in Nanomedicine. Prof. Jonas is on the Editorial Board of several European ophthalmic journals. For his research, he became member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina and the Glaucoma Society of the International Congress of Ophthalmology. He has received the Glaucoma Award of the German Ophthalmologic Society, the Junior and Senior Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the International Gold Awards of the Chinese Ophthalmologic Society. He is Fellow of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology ARVO.
Srinivas Kamalakara RAO, India
Dr Srinivas Kamalakara Rao, is currently Director of the Darshan Eye Clinic and Surgical Center, in Chennai, India. He also holds the post of Visitng Professor at the Sri Ramachandra Medical University in Chennai, and is Visiting Consultant at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai, Sankara Eye Hospital, Chennai, and Sunetra Family Care Center, Kolkata. He is also Honorary Associate Professor at the Dept. of Ophthalmology, Chinese University of HK, and Visiting Professor, Shantou Medical University, PRC, and Professor at the Muthusamy Virtual University of Post Graduate Medicine. After completing his MBBS at the Madras University in 1989, he completed his Diploma in Ophthalmology at the Dr MGR Medical University in 1991, his National Boards in 2002, and passed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Edinburgh in 2002. He was awarded 4 gold medals for his performance in his MBBS exams and the Muthusamy Gold Medal for best performance in the FRCS exam. Dr Srinivas K Rao is an outstanding clinician and spent 15 years at the apex center for ophthalmic medicine in India – Sankara Nethralaya, in Chennai, India. He was Senior Consultant in the Cornea Service and was responsible for many firsts in the treatment of blinding corneal disorders in India. He introduced conjunctival autografts for pterygium surgery, limbal stem cell auto- and allografts for the treatment of limbal stem cell deficiencies. He also pioneered the use of osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis for the treatment of end-stage corneal blindness, and performed the first such procedure in India in 2003, with the help of Prof Falcinelli. Since then, he has performed the procedure for the first time in Hong Kong and China along with Professor Dennis Lam. Since his return to India in 2006, he has helped popularize and spread the concepts of lamellar corneal transplants for anterior and posterior corneal pathologies. He is currently involved in research projects involving the cultivation of cheek mucosal epithelial cells in a thermo-modulated gel, and endothelial cell cultures. He has over 175 peer-reviewed publications, mostly in the field of corneal diseases. He is a sought after speaker and teacher and has attended more than 150 national and 40 international meetings as faculty – in which he has presented more than 325 lectures. He is currently the Section Editor for Cornea, Clinical and Experimental OPhthalmology, reviewer for 10 international journals and has authored chapters in 19 books in Cornea and external diseases. He was awarded the APAO award for Prevention of Blindness in 2006, the IMA Oration in 2006, the Rustom Ranji Gold medal and Oration by the Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society in 2008, the IAOH Oration in 2009, the APAO Special Achievement Award in 2011, and the MadanGopal Oration by the Vidharba Ophthalmic Society in 2011.
Satoshi KASHII, Japan
Sciences, Aichi Shukutoku University, Aichi, Japan. Current research interests concern clinical research that addresses function, disease and response to therapy of neuro-ophthalmic disorders, with particular emphasis in visual fields and optic nerve disorders. Previous basic research concerned functional roles of the endogenous neurotransmitters in neuronal cell death and survival in the retina. Using cultured embryonic rat retinal neurons, he had demonstrated that neurotransmitters including modulators deliver not only neuronal signals but signals concerning cell survival or death. He is the Co-chair of the Ophthalmology Topic Advisory Group (TAG) for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) at the World Health Organization and the Chair of the International Council of Ophthalmology Taskforce for ICD-11. As for social activities, Dr Kashii is the Secretary General of the Asian Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. He is the Co-editor-in-chief of the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and the Neuro-Ophthalmology Japan. Dr Satoshi Kashii is Professor of Visual Sciences and Ophthalmology, Faculty of Health and Medical.
Ryo KAWASAKI, Japan
Ryo Kawasaki, MD, MPH, PhD is currently leading an ophthalmic epidemiology research team at the Department of Public Health of Yamagata University, Japan. He received his MD (1997) and PhD (2008) from Yamagata University and MPH from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA (2007).
Associate Professor Kawasaki is a retinal specialist committed to clinical practice in macular and retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion with a strong interest in bringing epidemiological findings into clinical practice. He has been involved in the development and application of retinal imaging in both clinical setting and screening to predict ocular diseases and systemic diseases. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, including Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Hypertension, Stroke, and Diabetes Care. Associate Professor Kawasaki is an editorial board member of Ophthalmic Epidemiology.
Associate Professor Kawasaki has been recognized internationally and nationally with numerous awards, including the Alcon Japan Clinical Research Award (2006), the Yamagata University Academic Achievement Award (2008), the Australian Prime Minister's Education Assistance Program for Japan (2012), and the 6th Fukuda Award, Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Diabetology (2013).
Yoon Duck KIM, Korea
Yoon Duck Kim. Education: Mar. 1973 - Feb. 1979: Graduated from College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Received M.D. Mar. 1981 - Feb. 1983: Graduated from Graduate School, Seoul National University, Received M.S. Mar. 1985 - Feb. 1991: Graduated from Graduate School, Seoul National University, Received Ph.D. Professional training: Mar. 1980 - Feb. 1983: Residency, Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul National University Hospital. Aug. 1986 - Jul. 1987: Clinical Fellowship of the Oculoplastic Surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Jul. 1992 - Dec. 1993: International Fellowship of the Oculoplastic Surgery, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, LA, CA, USA. Faculty appointment: Aug. 1989 - Aug. 1994: Chief, Division of Oculoplastic Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul National University Hospital. Mar. 1994 - Present: Chief, Division of Oculoplastic Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, Samsung Medical Center. Oct. 2000 – present: Editorial Committee, Korean Journal of Ophthalmology. Apr.2002 – present: Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University. Mar. 2003 – Sept. 2009: Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Samsung Medical Center. Sept. 2003 – present: Editorial Board, Ophthalmic Surgery News. Sept. 2006- present: Editorial Board, Orbit. Mar. 2006 – March 2010: President, Korean Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. June 2006 – June 2008: President, The Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstuctive Surgery. Oct. 2008 - Oct. 2009 : Vice-president, The Korean Socity of Ophthalmology. Aug. 2009- present: Editorial Board, Ophthalmic Platstic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Ronald KRUEGER, USA
Dr Ronald R. Krueger, MD, MSE, is currently the Medical Director of the Department of Refractive Surgery at Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. As a cornea trained specialist, he has performed fifteen thousand refractive surgery procedures and has been the principle investigator on 5 clinical trials. He has 24 years of experience in excimer laser research, including the first physical descriptions of the effects of the excimer lasers on corneal tissue, and many more developments, including the early principles of ocular wavefront customized laser vision correction. To this end, he has co-organized an international congress on Ocular Wavefront Customization for the past 8 years and co-authored the first book on the subject, "Customized Corneal Ablation: The Quest for Super-Vision", which was later followed by a second edition. He also has over 12 years research experience in ultra short pulse laser photodisruption of ocular tissue, and is involved in research investigating the cause(s) of presbyopia and restoration of accommodation with ultra short pulse lasers. He has authored over one hundred peer reviewed publications and many more abstracts, book chapters and trade journal articles. He is currently Co-Medical Lead for the concept OptoQuest, a Cleveland Clinic spin-off company and serves on multiple scientific advisory boards. He was the former Secretary of Education and board member of the ISRS prior to its merger with the AAO, and now serves in both the executive and program committees of the new ISRS/AAO. He has been Associate Editor for the Journal of Refractive Surgery for over 12 years, and has lectured on refractive surgery in over 40 nations. Dr Kruger received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award 2010; the Gold Medal Award, Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Surgery in 2010; Lans Distinguished Award by the ISRS/AAO in 2008; to name but a few. Dr Krueger has edited 4 books and has more than 25 book chapters to date.
Hyung-Woo KWAK, Korea
Dr Hyung-Woo KWAK graduated and received my M.D. degree from Seoul National University School of Medicine, and I did research fellowship at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (MEEI) from 1988 to 1990. Since 1885, I have been working at Kyung Hee University Hospital. I was promoted to the position of professor of ophthalmology and served as a chairman. I am currently the chairman of Korean Ophthalmological Society and have served in many other positions in the past including Director of Science committee, the Chief of editor of Journal of Korean Ophthalmological Society, Director of Board Certification of Korean Ophthalmological Society. I was the chairman of Korean Retina Society. I am a member of the following professional affiliation: ARVO, AAO and ASRS. I am also a member of Central Committee on Inquiry of Pharmacist Ministry of Health and Welfare, Judgement of the Court of Korean Medical Association a Delegate of Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies. I specialize in the surgical repair of retinal disease and in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and dystrophies and other diseases of the retina. I have more than 150 peer reviewed publications in Korean and international journal.
Timothy LAI, Hong Kong
Dr Timothy Lai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a Visiting Professor of the Shantou University Medical College, China. His clinical and research interests lie in the management of macular diseases, particularly choroidal neovascularization, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, and central serous chorioretinopathy; visual electrophysiology; and genetics of retinal diseases. Dr Lai has published more than 140 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, co-authored and edited 7 textbooks and delivered more than 50 invited lectures worldwide. He has received a number of awards including the Nakajima Award of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr Lai is a member of the Macula Society, the Retina Society and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr Lai serves in the Editorial Boards of six ophthalmic journals, including Retina, Eye, and Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology, the Regional Secretary representing Hong Kong in the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, Scientific Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society, and an international council member representing China in the International Ocular Inflammation Society.
Ben LAM, Hong Kong
Dr Ben NM Lam, MBBS (HKU), FRCS ( EDIN) , FCOphth(HK) , FHKAM (Ophthalmology), graduated from the medical faculty at The University of Hong Kong in 1987, and obtained his fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg in1993. He had his ophthalmology training at the Tenneth Institute of ophthalmology in Western Infirmary UK and at the Will Eye Hospital USA. He is a coordinator of Phaco and Lens subspecialty, an Infection Control officer and consultant at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital, a Research Director of the Lions Eye Bank and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at CUHK. He is also the Vice President (professional affairs) of the College of Ophthalmology Hong Kong. He is the recipient of the APAO Distinguished Service Award 09/2010 in Beijing. His research interests are in ocular infection and keratoprosthesis, particularly OOKP. Other research topics include complicated lens and intraocular lens conditions.
Dennis S.C. LAM, Hong Kong
Prof. Lam has served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong for over 13 years (1998-2011). He is a physician scientist with over 700 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He serves in many eye journals: associate editor of “Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology”, and editorial board member of “Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery”, “Acta Ophthalmologica”, “Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology” and “Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology”, etc. He is Chairman of Project Vision Foundation, Secretary-General of Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) and Asia-Pacific Vitreoretina Society (APVRS), Council Member of World Glaucoma Association (WGA), and Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (APACRS). He was also Founding President of the Asia-Pacific Society of Eye Genetics (APSEG) (2002-8) and President and Organizing Committee Chairman of World Ophthalmology Congress (2008, Hong Kong). He was awardee of “De Ocampo Lecture (2003)” (APAO’s highest academic achievement award), “ICO Golden Apple Award (2011)” (Best Clinical Teacher in Ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region), “AAO Senior Achievement Award (2008)”, “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (1995)”, and “Hong Kong Humanity Award (2007)”. Lastly, he is a Deputy of the National People’s Congress of China since 2008.
Wai-Ching LAM, Canada
Dr Wai-Ching Lam is the Professor, Residency Program Director and the Continuing Education Director at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto. He is also the Retina Fellowship Director. He is the lead program director and chief examiner of ophthalmology section for the Center for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad for Ontario. Dr Lam is a vitreo-retinal surgeon and educator has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in Ophthalmology, Retina, British Journal of Ophthalmology, and Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology….etc. He has also authored 6 book chapters. He serves as the reviewer for Ophthalmology, Retina, Journal of AAPOS, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Rheumatology, Hong Kong Medical Journal…etc. He speaks frequently at both national and international meetings. He has been invited speaker, visiting professor, and meeting session chairman in many national and international meeting. He won numerous teaching awards from both the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology. His main clinical interests are in adult and pediatric vitreoretinal diseases. In addition, he also published in the field of medical education, and recently the use surgical simulator in training and assessment.
Flora LAU, Hong Kong
Flora Lau MBBS (HK), MRCSEd, FCOphthHK, FHKAM (Ophth), MMedSc (HK), DCD (Sydney) graduated from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong where she joined Hong Kong Eye Hospital and completed her basic and advanced ophthalmology training. Dr. Lau subspecialises in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She was formerly the Head of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Team at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital. She is an Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was awarded the Ho Hung Chiu Medical Education Foundation Scholarship in 2007 and received training under the mentorship of Professor David Guyton at the Zanvyl Krieger Children’s Eye Center, Wilmer’s Eye Institute, John Hopkins Hospital, USA. She also received training at SickKids Children Hospital, Canada. She received her Master’s degree in Medical Science with distinction from University of Hong Kong in 2005. She was also awarded the Diploma of Child Health in Sydney in 2009. Dr. Lau has published strabismus-related papers in various international peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for a number international ophthalmology journals.
Michael LAWLESS, Australia
Dr Michael Lawless, MBBS, FRANZCO, FRACS, FRCOphth, is a recognised world authority in eye surgery. His specialty is laser vision correction, cataract and lens surgery, and corneal transplantation. He has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in the following areas: LASIK and ASLA (Advanced Surface Laser Ablation, PRK), Refractive lensectomy, cataract and lens surgery (including phakic intraocular lens surgery), Corneal transplantation. Dr Lawless graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1980. Ophthalmology training in Sydney was followed by two years of sub-speciality education, a corneal and external diseases Fellowship with Professor Doug Coster in Adelaide, and a second Fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery with Professor Richard Troutman at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York. Career highlights: First Australian (and 3rd surgeon in the world) to perform cataract surgery with the femtosecond laser (LaserlensSMA) in Feb 2011; Performed the first LASIK procedure in Sydney in 1995; President, International Society of Refractive Surgery, 2001; Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Royal North Shore Hospital, 2000-2006; 60 publications in the peer reviewed scientific literature and 30 textbook chapters written on innovations in eye surgery. Selected to perform televised live surgery at international meetings, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. Awards: Cedric Cohen Medal for Excellence in the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists examination, 1982; Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, 1998; Honour Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology for Services to Education in Ophthalmic Surgery, 1999; Founders Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery, Chicago 2005; Invited Guest Lecturer to the world’s main scientific meetings, most recently the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in Bali, 2009; the Taiwan Ophthalmological Society in May 2010; and the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago, October 2010. And also: Consultant ophthalmologist to the Australian Defence Force; Consultant ophthalmologist to the NSW Rugby Union; Dr Lawless is married with three teenage children and is a Shodan (black belt) in Goju Ryu karate. He currently trains in Aikido.
Andrew LEE, USA
Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and is Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is adjunct professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and at Baylor College of Medicine and a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr Lee serves on the national and international Editorial Board of 12 journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology, and Eye and he has published over 280 peer-reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and five full textbooks in ophthalmology. He has been the invited speaker at over 2oo national and international eye meetings.
Vincent Yau Wing LEE, Hong Kong
Dr Vincent Lee is Consultant of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. He is also the Honorary Clinical Assoicate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the Coordinator of the Vitreo-retinal team at Prince of Wales Hospital and Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital. He has 1 US patent of an ophthalmic instrument and he has published more than 60 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Research interests: 1. Ophthalmic surgery: Several surgical techniques was designed to perform surgery on difficult cataract cases which include cataract surgery combined with vitreous hemorrhage, soft cataract with deep anterior chamber and internal fixation for dropped intraocular lens. 2. Macular diseases: The clinical studies on various treatments on diabetic macular edema which include laser treatment, intravitreal steroid injection, intravitreal anti-VEGF injection and combined treatment.
Christopher LEUNG, Hong Kong
Dr Christopher Leung is Associate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is a clinician-scientist with research focus on ocular imaging and glaucoma management. He received the Degree of Doctor of Medicine (CUHK) in 2006, 5 years after completing his undergraduate medical training. He was then awarded the Croucher Foundation Fellowship and completed a clinical and research fellowship program at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center of the University of California San Diego directed by Prof. Robert N. Weinreb. Among his research awards include Hong Kong Medical Association Prize, National Best Paper on Prevention of Blindness in the World Ophthalmology Congress 2006, Schanzlin Research Award, World Glaucoma Association Science Award – the Promise, American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology /Alcon Clinician-Scientist Research Award, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Nakajima Award and Asia Pacific Joint Glaucoma Congress Young Scientist Award. Dr Leung currently serves on the Associate Advisory Board of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA), the Editorial Board of Ophthalmic Surgery, Laser and Imaging, International Glaucoma Review, Journal of Ophthalmology, and Recent Patents on Medical Imaging, as co-chair of the WGA Clinician-Scientist Committee and reviewer of 25 peer-reviewed academic journals. Dr Leung has been senior instructor and invited speaker in various academic conferences including American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meetings, World Ophthalmology Congress, World Glaucoma Congress, World Ophthalmology Leaders Forum in Education, and the Glaucoma Foundation Think Tank Meeting. Dr Leung has received research grant support from The Glaucoma Foundation (New York, NY, USA), American Health Assistance Foundation (Clarksburg, MD, USA) and the Food and Health Bureau (Hong Kong SAR Government).
Yuanbo LIANG, Hong Kong
Dr LIANG Yuanbo, MB (SEU), MSc (ZSU), MD(CMU), is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He received his residency training in the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center and the Beijing Tongren Eye Center and was postdoctoral research fellow in Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University (USA). His major research areas are glaucoma and ocular epidemiology. Among his academic awards include the excellent graduate of Sun Yat-sen University (2002) and Capital Medical University (2007), the excellent paper award in the Congress of Chinese Ophthalmological Society in 2007, and the excellent resident award by the Chinese Ophthalmological Society (COS) in 2004 and 2005. He was the recipient of ARVO travel grant in 2008, Beijing New Star Program of Science and Technology (2009-2012), and APAO leadership program (2011-2012). Dr Liang is currently the member and the secretary of Sanding Committee of Blindness Prevention, Asia Pacific Association of Ophthalmology; and the secretary of Evidence Based Ophthalmology Group, Chinese Medical Doctor Association, and Youth Commissary of the Chinese Ophthalmological Society. Research interests: 1) Ophthalmic epidemiology. Dr Liang was project leader of the Handan Eye Study, a large scale population-based study conducted in Handan, North China providing important information for public health of eye care in China. Dr Liang now focuses his research on the diversity and influence of age of eye diseases, and community based intervention of avoidable blindness. 2) Clinical trials on glaucoma. Dr Liang leaded a survey to obtain a clear profile of the practice patterns of PACG management among ophthalmologists in mainland China. His team has conducted several clinical trials on PACG, including laser treatment strategy versus surgery, trabeculectomy with or with releasable suture, laser or observation for PACS, laser iridoplasty or iridotomy, and cost-effectiveness evaluations. He is also the project director of an ongoing 27-center participated RCT: The Initial Treatment Study of PACG (ITSPACG), which investigates whether trabeculectomy is an alternative initial primary therapy for PACG and how to set a target intraocular pressure for PACG. 3) Myopia. Dr Liang has established a rural and an urban cohort of school-aged children for myopia study to investigate environmental effects on myopia and the linkage of near-work induced transient myopia with permanent myopia. Several strategies of reducing the NITM, including vision therapy and Chinese traditional medicine will be tested for the prevention of myopia.
Xiaoxin LI, China
Xiaoxin Li is the Chairperson and Professor for the Eye Center and Eye Institute of Peking University People’s Hospital. She is an academic committee member of Peking University Health Science Center and former Dean of Ophthalmology Faculty of Peking University Science Center. She is currently Past President of the Chinese Ophthalmology Society (COS) and President of the Chinese Ocular Fundus Society (Vitreo-Retina Society). Last year she accepted the position of Director of Ophthalmology in the Health Human Resources Development Center and is in charge of the national evaluation exam for Ophthalmologists in China. She serves as a member of the AAO’s Global Advisors Committee since 2007 and is a board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology since 2010. Dr Li received the First and Second Prizes of the Chinese Ministry for Education in 2006 and 2008, Global Women Award of scientific and technological innovation in 2009, Song Qingling Children’s Prize in Medical Science in 2009. APAO Gold Apple Award in 2008 and COS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2008. She has contributed significantly to ophthalmic training and education, especially in the vitreo-retinal area in China. She has organized numerous VR lectures, seminars, workshops, and courses in the past two decades. She has been keen on writing books to provide better training materials. She edited the book 《Surgery on Vitreous and Retina》, and served as chapter editor for《Vitreous Diseases》，《Retina Diseases》《Retinal Detachment》and in many other ophthalmology books. As chief Editor she organized the translation for Retina. From 2011 she becomes Chief Editor of 《Chinese Journal of Ocular Fundus Diseases》， She has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in Chinese and international Journals.
Xiaofeng LIN, China
Prof Xiaofeng Lin is currently the Deputy Director of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China. Prof Lin is a member of the Ocular Trauma Association of the Chinese Ophthalmology Society (COS). He received his bachelor degree of Clinical Medicine, Master's and Doctorate degrees of Ophthalmology from Sun Yet-Sen University of Medical Science.
Prof Lin is a well-recognized specialist in ocular trauma and inflammatory eye diseases. He has been involved in innovated surgical skills for the treatment of endophthalmitis and his research mainly focuses on endophthalmitis, pathogenesis, and assessment of potential risk factors, new diagnostic methods and the development of the foldable capsular vitreous body in severe ocular trauma.
David LIU, Hong Kong
Dr David Liu is Associate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is the Coordinator of Medical Retina and Uveitis Service at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Dr Liu graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong with triple degrees in Medical Science, Medicine and Surgery. He was then awarded a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCS), a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS) and Master of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Dr Liu has a wide research interests on Medical retina, Surgical Retina, Uveitis, Ocular Oncology, Ophthalmic Pathology, Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Molecular Ophthalmology. He has been awarded the Ho Hung Chiu Medical Education Foundation Scholarship for overseas fellowship training in Ophthalmic Pathology at the University of Glasgow. Recently, he has been awarded the Hong Kong Hospital Authority Corporate Scholarship supporting him to pursuit a six-month fellowship training at the Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia (following Dr Jerry Shields and Dr Carol Shields) and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool (following Prof. Bertil Damato). He has also received the Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Postgraduate Scholarship for training in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Dr Liu has published more than 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 4 book chapters. He serves in the editorial boards of 3 journals and is an active reviewer in more than 12 peer-reviewed academic journals. He has been 7 times awardees of the Action for Vision Foundation (AFV) Research Awards, including Best Researcher of the Year and Critical Appraisal of Journal Articles Awards.
Shirley LIU, China
Shirley Liu, PhD, received her doctorate degree 5 years after completing her undergraduate medical training and was a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Liu’s research interests are focused on the investigation and management of glaucoma, imaging of the retina, optic disc and anterior chamber angle. She is a reviewer of three international journals, including JAMA Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and PLoS One. She has more than 30 publications and has co-authored one book. Dr. Liu has received a number of local and international research awards including the International Travel Grant Award (2011) from The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the Hong Kong Vision Foundation Travel Grant Award (2010). She was a Runner-Up in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Film Festival in 2008 and won the Best Presentation in the 2nd National Doctoral Forum in China in 2011.
Lin LU, China
Lin Lu, MD, PhD is a professor and the Director of Fundus Diseases Center of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China. He specializes in vitreo-retinal diseases, focusing on the treatment of both medical and surgical retinal disorders such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, macular pucker, retinal detachment and hereditary retinal degeneration. He has researched into the apoptosis of ganglion cells in diabetic retinopathy and has many publications in retinal diseases and surgery. Dr Lu has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Ocular Fundus Diseases since 1995 and has also authored an ophthalmic textbook which is now in its third edition.
Fairooz P. MAJANDAVIDA, India
Fairooz P. Majandavida, M.D is a specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery, orbit and ocular oncology. After completing her registrar training in 2004 from Trichur Medical College, India, she received training in ophthalmology at Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, India. Dr Majandavida has completed a subspecialty fellowship training program in ophthalmic plastic, aesthetics, orbital surgery and ocular oncology with Dr. Santosh G. Honavar and his team at LV Prasad Eye Institute, India. Dr. Manjandavida has also been an international fellow under Drs Jerry A. Shields and Carol L. Shields in Wills Eye Hospital, USA.
Having participated in numerous research projects, Dr. Manjandavida has been invited to present her studies at international congresses such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, World Ophthalmology Congress and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. She has also been recognized for her clinical and research work and has received a number of awards.
Frank MARTIN, Australia
Frank J Martin is President of APAO and APSPOS. He is a Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology and Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney and holds an attachment to Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and to Sydney Eye Hospital. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Medical Research Institute and Chairman of the Westmead Hub Council. He is a past President of RANZCO and has been recognised for his contribution to ophthalmology by the award of the College Medal. Frank was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001. In 2011 Frank was awarded APAO’s highest award for a clinician in the region, the Jose Rizal Medal, and also received a vocational excellence award from Rotary.
Charles McGHEE, New Zealand
Professor Charles NJ McGhee, MBChB, BSc(Hons), PhD, FRCS, FRCOphth, FRANZCO, is the Maurice Paykel Foundation Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland He is also the Director of the New Zealand National Eye Centre which brings together 120 scientists and clinicians from diverse ophthalmology, optometry and laboratory groups to form one of the largest vision research groups in the Asia-Pacific region. He has edited 3 textbooks, and published more than 250 reviewed scientific papers and chapters on aspects of anterior segment disease and corneal surgery with particular interests in corneal transplantation, ocular pharmacology and corneal imaging. He has also published widely on research and publication in ophthalmology and the scientometrics of eye journals and authors. He is recent past Editor in Chief of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, the journal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and is on the editorial board of three other journals. He has enjoyed a long association with the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and has been Scientific Chair, or Co-Chair, of three APAO annual conferences.
Marilyn MILLER, USA
Marilyn T. Miller, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. Dr Marilyn Miller is Professor of Ophthalmology and faculty of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Section of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois. Dr Miller has a major commitment to international ophthalmology, especially in children’s eye programs around the world in the past. She served on the Advisory Committee of World Health Organization, the Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Advisory Board of the AAO, and was the Chair for many years of the AAO Committee on International Ophthalmology, and their representative to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. She has been involved in the Program Committees for pediatric ophthalmology of some of the World Congress of Ophthalmology and the Asian-Pacific Ophthalmology meetings. Her research interests are in the area of teratology, congenital ocular anomalies and unusual strabismus syndromes.
Carlos Gustavo V. de MORAES, USA
Carlos Gustavo De Moraes, MD, received his medical degree from University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil, followed by ophthalmology residency at the same institution. He then completed clinical fellowship in glaucoma and medical retina. In 2009, he completed a research fellowship in glaucoma at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary with Dr Robert Ritch and Jeffrey Liebmann. Dr De Moraes has published over 40 articles since 2008; 35 citations in peer-reviewed journals; 5 book chapters; 6 US-nationally-recognized awards; 65 presentations and visiting professor and guest lecturer. Dr De Moraes receives grant support from the New York Glaucoma Research Institute and is currently working on three projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. His areas of interest are risk factors for glaucomatous visual field progression, optic nerve and retinal imaging, tonometry, electrophysiology, and surgical innovations. Dr De Moraes is currently Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine and Research Scientist at the Einhorn Clinical Research Center at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.
Toshinori MURATA, Japan
Dr Toshinori Murata, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Shinshu University, School of Medicine, Matsumoto, Japan. He was a Research Associate under Dr Stephen Ryan at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California in 1996. He investigated the mechanisms of choroidal neovascularization and its experimental treatment. His research work has been summarized in the Chapter, “Choroidal Neovascularization,” in the fourth edition of RETINA published in 2006 by Elsevier Mosby. In 1998, he received the Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for his research on the causative role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in diabetic retinal edema, and continued his research work at Children's Hospital Boston from 1998 to 1999. After he returned to Japan, in addition to his research, he has been performing vitrectomy for diabetic retinopathy and anti-VEGF therapy for choroidal neovascularization in age-related macular degeneration. His previous research work is now directly utilized in the treatment of the patients with diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration in which neovascularization plays a critical role. He is a Diplomat of Ophthalmology certified by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS) and is a Supervisor in Clinical Ophthalmology certified also by the JOS. He currently is a member of Annual Meeting Program Committee of Association in Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Toru NAKAZAWA, Japan
Dr Toru Nakazawa is an associate professor in the department of Ophthalmology at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. His clinical and research work mainly focus on the pathogenesis of glaucoma and retinal diseases leading to blindness. He wishes to develop new insights and therapeutic approaches that combine clinical and basic research, especially in the neuroprotective treatment of glaucoma and retinal diseases.
Kohji NISHIDA, Japan
Kohji Nishida is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and his major fields of interests include ophthalmology, corneal transplantation and stem cell biology. Prof Nishida obtained his PhD and MD from Osaka University Medical School. He had started his career as a stuff surgeon in Ophthalmology at Osaka Koseinenkin Hospital and became an assistant professor in Ophthalmology at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in 1992. He used to be a research associate in neural stem cell biology and gene therapy in Professor Fred H. Gage’s Lab of the Genetics Department of the Salk Institute in San Diego, the USA. He then became an assistant professor in Ophthalmology in Osaka University Medical School and was promoted to be associate Professor. Prof Nishida was the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine from 2006 – 2010. He then continued his career with Osaka University and became the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Osaka Graduate School of Medicine.
Stephen A. OBSTBAUM, USA
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is pleased to recognize Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD as a 2006 Guest of Honor for his leadership and contributions to ophthalmology. Dr Obstbaum was born in New York City and received his medical degree in 1967 from New York Medical College. Following his residency at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals, New York Medical College, Dr Obstbaum completed a National Eye Institute Special Fellowship in glaucoma at Washington University in St. Louis in 1973. Dr Obstbaum is Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University Medical School and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Ophthalmology in New York. He is also a Professorial Lecturer at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr Obstbaum is also a widely published author, having authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, books, book chapters and abstracts on lens and glaucoma relationships, ocular inflammation related to cataract surgery and refractive surgery. Dr Obstbaum was the 101th president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1997. He has served the Academy for almost 2 decades including, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Eye Care, chair of the Young Ophthalmologists Committee, chair of the Cataract Surgery Preferred Practice Patterns, a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Organizational Redesign, member and then chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, member of the Advisory Board of the Academy’s Foundation, former academy Councilor, and Senior Secretary for Advocacy and Public Affairs. He has been awarded the St. Erik’s Medal by the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and the New York Medical College Alumni Academic Achievement Award. Major medical committee appointments include the National Study of Outcomes of Cataract Surgery Patients Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Study, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; the Guideline for Management of Functional Impairment Due to Cataract, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research; and the Technical Consultant group for the Harvard/RBRVS. Active in many professional organizations, Dr Obstbaum is currently Secretary (English Language) of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, has served as President of the International Intraocular Implant Club and President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has been appointed to numerous editorial boards, including the European Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the German Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Surgery, Pan-Asia Journal of Ophthalmology, the Archives of Ophthalmology and Argus, as well as serving as editor of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for 20 years, and is currently Chief Medical Editor of EyeWorld. Dr Obstbaum lives in Leonia, New Jersey, with his wife. It is with great appreciation and pleasure that the Academy recognizes Dr Stephen Obstbaum as a 2006 Guest of Honor.
Dipika PATEL, New Zealand
Dr Dipika Patel began her pre clinical medical training at Cambridge University, obtaining a first class honours degree in Physiology, and went on to complete her clinical training at Oxford University. She became a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK) in 2001. Dipika joined the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland, in 2003 for a three year clinical/research fellowship in cornea and anterior segment. During this time she successfully completed her PhD thesis, entitled ‘in vivo confocal microscopy of the cornea in health and disease’ and won the University of Auckland best doctoral thesis award. She is currently Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland where she continues to pursue her research interests which include anterior segment imaging and investigating potential therapeutic applications for corneal stem cells.
Calvin Chi Pui PANG, Hong Kong
Professor Calvin Chi Pui PANG, BSc (Lond), DDPhil (Oxon). S. H. Ho Professor of Visual Sciences, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Head, Graduate Division of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Eastern Scholar and Chair Professor, Shanghai Municipal Education Committee Deputy Director, Shantou University / Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Shantou International Eye Center Laboratory Director, Shenyang Eye Research Institute. Honorary or visiting professor of 12 universities or research institutions. Reviewer for more than 20 international journals, including IOVS and Ophthalmology. Reviewer for 10 national and international research grant bodies, including Wellcome Trust UK, National Science Foundation China, and National Medical Research Council, Singapore. Major research: (1) Genomic studies and gene mapping on glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, high myopia, and congenital cataracts. (3) Molecular genetics, mechanisms, and epi-genetics of retinoblastoma, Bietti crystalline dystrophy, Graves’ ophthalmopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, uveitis, and cornea dystrophies. (4) Biology of ocular stem cells. (5) Biological effects of herbal chemicals. 270 papers in international peer reviewed SCI journals and 11 book chapters.
Jose PULIDO, USA
Dr Jose Pulido is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He has served as the head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois and was honored as the Chief Resident. He had two fellowships, the first at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida as well as an ocular oncology fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr Pulido is currently involved in a research grant on vaccine treatment of melanomas by causing autoimmunity. He was a part of the original retinal prosthesis work and developed the ganciclovir and rituximab ocular toxicity studies. He has published more than 225 scientific papers and chapters as well as three books.
Narsing RAO, USA
Dr Rao is Professor of Ophthalmology and first chair holder of Stieger Vision Research Endowed chair at the University of Southern California. He was awarded medical degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad and completed residencies in pathology and ophthalmology at the Georgetown University, and a fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C. His research endowers focus on uveitis and related ophthalmic inflammatory diseases and such work is supported by grants from National Institute of health continuously since 1985 He has published over 400 peer reviewed articles on ophthalmic diseases in the United States, three books and the American Registry of Pathology-AFIP fascicle on Tumors of the Eye and Ocular Adnexa. He is recipient of several awards including Lorenz Zimmerman, Bietti and International Uveitis medals.
Robert RITCH, USA
Dr Robert Ritch holds the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and is Surgeon Director and Chief of Glaucoma Services at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York City and Professor of Ophthalmology at The New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. He has devoted his career to broadening our understanding of the nature of glaucoma and innovation in the medical, laser, and surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr Ritch received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College and an M.A. in cell biology from Harvard University. He received his M.D. from Albert Einstein School of Medicine and, after an internship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and a residency in Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School ofMedicine; he received fellowships in glaucoma from the Heed Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a member of more than 35 scientific and medical societies. Dr Ritch has been President of the Ophthalmic Laser Surgical Society, the New York Glaucoma Society, the Section on Ophthalmology of the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology. He serves on numerous medical and scientific advisory and editorial boards and is a member of the Glaucoma Research Society, the Steering Committee of the World Glaucoma Association, the Advisory Board of Helen Keller International, and the Board of Governors of the International Society for Imaging in the Eye. In 1996, Dr Ritch received the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Ophthalmologist of the Year award and in 1998, the Gold Medal of Merit and Honor from the Greek Glaucoma Society and the Ophthalmology Times Achievement in Ophthalmology Award. In 1999, he was one of the winners of the Louis Rudin Award for research in ophthalmology. In 2000, he received the Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Achievement. In 2002, Dr Ritch was appointed to the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the International Council of Ophthalmology and was elected Chairman of the Committee in 2009 and appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Council. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and served as Vice-President in 2006-2007. His awards since 2006 include the Albion O. Bernstein, MD Award of the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding contributions to medicine, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifetime Achievement Honor Award, the Leadership in Educuation in Ophthalmology (LEO) Award, the Dean’s Distinguished Research Award from the New York Medical College, The Glaucoma Foundation Award for Innovation and Excellence in Glaucoma, the TKC Liu Memorial Award for Leadership in Ophthalmology, the Dominick Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Annual Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ARVO Distinguished Service Award, ARVO Gold Fellowship, the HRH Prince Abdulaziz Al-Saud Prevention of Blindness Award (2010) and the Jose Rizal International Medal (2011). Dr Ritch has co-authored or edited nine textbooks and over 1500 medical and scientific papers, book chapters, articles and abstracts. He has presented nearly 700 lectures worldwide, including 31 named lectures. In 1985, he founded the Glaucoma Foundation and has served as Secretary, Medical Director, and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. In 1994, he initiated the annual Optic Nerve Rescue and Regeneration Think Tank, which has attracted numerous successful researchers from other fields into glaucoma research. He also co-founded the New York Glaucoma Research Institute, a not-for-profit foundation to sponsor clinical research in glaucoma, the alt.support.glaucoma Internet newsgroup, the New York Glaucoma Support and Education Group, and the Association of International Glaucoma Patient Organizations. He was one of the three organizers of the first annual World Glaucoma Day in 2008. He was co-founder of the Ophthalmic Laser Surgical Society, the New York Glaucoma Society, and the Lindberg Society, an international organization dedicated to the eradication of exfoliation syndrome; the ARVO Host-a-Research Program, the ARVO U.S.-Russia Ophthalmology Task Force, the Von Graefe Society, an international organization dedicated to the study of risk factors for glaucoma other than intraocular pressure. Dr Ritch has trained over 130 clinical and research fellows, many of whom occupy academic positions worldwide. The international training program that he established at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has hosted 30 International Council of Ophthalmology fellows and over 80 observers from over 40 countries. He has worked and lectured extensively at the international level and has organized many symposia and conferences both in the United States and abroad. He has dedicated most of his time abroad in Asia over the last 30 years, and has organized conferences and symposia, trained over 60 fellows and observers, helped to establish residency and teaching programs and has made fundamental contributions to the modernization of ophthalmology in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and other countries in Asia.
Tim ROBERTS, Australia
Dr Tim Roberts, MBBS (NSW), M.Med (Syd), FRANZCO, FRACS, is in private practice in Sydney with a special interest in glaucoma, femtosecond laser cataract surgery and refractive IOLs. Dr Roberts graduated in Medicine from the University of New South Wales in 1985. He completed specialist training in Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital then undertook further advanced study in glaucoma in the United Kingdom and US. He was awarded a Masters of Medicine in 2008 from the University of Sydney for his research into nocturnal cardiovascular and respiratory risk factors in glaucoma. Dr Roberts is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital, where he heads the Glaucoma Unit and is the Director of Training. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and holds senior positions in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists as Chairman of the NSW Qualification and Education Committee and as a member of the Federal QEC, College Board of Examiners and NSW State Committee. He also serves as a Scientific Assessor for the Northern Sydney Area Health Service Medical Research Ethics Committee. Dr Roberts has lectured widely on cataract surgery and glaucoma in Australia, South East Asia, UK and the USA and performed live cataract surgery at several international meetings. He has an interest in medical ethics and education and has been involved in field trips to teach ophthalmology throughout outback Australia and South East Asia, most recently with the Myanmar Eye Care programme. He is a member of the cataract surgery programme committee for the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.
Nasir SAEED, Pakistan
Prof. Nasir Saeed graduated from Khyber Medical College, Pakistan in 1981 and Fellowship College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan in 1990. He is currently serving as a Professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology. He is also President-Elect of the Pakistan Glaucoma Association and Provincial Coordinator for the National Program for Prevention and Control of Blindness in Pakistan.
He is an active and senior life member of the Ophthalmology Society of Pakistan (OSP) and has served both as General Secretary and President of the OSP for six years. He is Executive Vice President of the Association of University Teachers of Pakistan and a member of the Faculty of Ophthalmology of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan. He is also a coordinator of the International Council of Ophthalmology.
Prof. Saeed is a dedicated and devoted teacher, teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates over the past 25 years. He has trained more than 50 fellows. He is also a keen researcher and has published 35 papers in various national and international journals. He is a co-author of Glaucoma National Guidelines and is on the Editorial Board of a number of journals. His basic research interests are ophthalmic education, glaucoma and community ophthalmology.
Prof. Saeed received the Meritorious Services Award in field of Ophthalmology in Pakistan in 2007, the Ramazan Ali Syed Gold medal Award in 2010 and the Distinguished Services Award from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in 2010. He is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program organized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Program organized by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. Prof. Saeed is a leader in eye health recognized by the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness.
Savitri SHARMA, India
Dr Savitri Sharma is the Director of Laboratory Services of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) network at Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada in India. An alumnus of JIPMER, Pondicherry (MD-1982) her field of microbiology focused on the eye when she joined Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai in 1986 where she diagnosed the first case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in India. She moved to the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad in 1991, and reported the first case of ocular microsporidiosis in India in 2003. She is the recipient of several grants and awards from DBT, CSIR, DST, Bausch & Lomb International Research Program, British Contact Lens Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, All India Ophthalmological Society, and Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists etc. Several randomized clinical trials involving contact lenses and treatment of bacterial and fungal keratitis have been monitored by her. She was involved in the development of the Vision Chip (Xcyton) under CSIR (NMITLI) grant. She has been the Editor in chief of Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology (IJMM) for eight years and the President of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) from 2008-9. She has authored a book on "Ocular Microbiology" and has published 12 book chapters and 166 papers (National- 60, International-106) in peer reviewed journals.
Jerry A. SHIELDS, USA
Jerry A. Shields MD is director of Oncology Service, Wills Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He was a resident at Wills Eye Hospital and completed fellowships in ophthalmic pathology and retinal surgery. For more than 35 years, he has been active in care of patients with ocular tumors and in clinical research related to tumors of the eyelids, conjunctiva, intraocular structures, and orbit. He has authored or co-authored 1154 articles in scientific journals and 501 textbook chapters for a total of 1655 scientific publications. He has authored or co-authored 13 major textbooks and has given 1453 national and international lectures, including 63 named lectures. He has received 28 national and international academic awards for his contributions. Dr Shields has served on editorial boards of 14 journals. He was the organizer and first president of the International Society of Ocular Oncology, president of the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, president of Wills Eye Medical Staff, and president of the Macula Society. Dr Shields is married to Dr Carol Shields who also practices on the Oncology Service of Wills Eye Institute and has made many contributions in ocular oncology. They have 7 children ranging from 22 to 11 years of age.
Rita SITORUS, Indonesia
Dr Rita S Sitorus, currently a senior member, Professor and senior researcher at Paediatric Ophthalmology of Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia, Dr Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta-Indonesia, is a pediatric ophthalmologist with special interest in childhood blindness, retinoblastoma, and genetic eye diseases. She spent about 5 years of her time in Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands, taking fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology, as well as performing research on clinical and molecular eye diseases, until her completing PhD degree at Vrije University medical center, Amsterdam. Her passion in contributing to the prevention of childhood blindness and retinoblastoma in Indonesia had encouraged her to publish remarkable articles on her field of interests, in addition to her participation in ”the International Retinoblastoma Staging Working Group” and her establishment of ROP related blindness prevention program and strategy in Indonesia. Her recent work in writing includes external reviewer of International Scientific Journals, external reviewer for Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group by University of Queensland, and the associate editor of the national Journal Ophthalmologica Indonesiana.
Justine R. SMITH, USA
Justine R. Smith, MBBS, PhD, is currently Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and the Thelma & Gilbert Schnitzer Professor of Ophthalmic Research at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University. Dr Smith practices in the ophthalmic subspecialty of uveitis, and she has participated in multiple international clinical workshops aimed at improving the management of patients with this disease, including the Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature Working Group. In addition to her clinical work, Dr Smith heads a National Institutes of Health-funded translational research group that studies the role of the retinal vascular endothelial cell in ocular inflammation. Dr Smith is the current Immunology & Microbiology Trustee on the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Board, and a member of the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). She also sits on the Executive Committee of the American Uveitis Society and the International Council of the International Ocular Inflammation Society. Dr Smith is author of 100 peer-reviewed publications, and she is a 6-time recipient of the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association annual prize for the best papers in clinical or experimental uveitis.
Donald T.H. TAN, Singapore
Professor Donald Tan is the Medical Director of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Chairman of the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and Professor of Ophthalmology at the National University of Singapore. He heads the SNEC Cornea and Refractive Services and is also Medical Director of the Singapore Eye Bank. A corneal and refractive surgeon by training, his research contributions lie in new forms of selective lamellar keratoplasty, femtosecond corneal and refractive surgery, the Osteo-Odonto Keratoprosthesis (OOKP) artificial cornea, surgical devices for lamellar corneal transplantation, and interventional myopia clinical trials. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, contributed 18 book chapters and holds 12 patents in stem cell culture, refractive corneal implants and novel inserters for DSAEK surgery. He was instrumental in bring ARVO to Asia in the form of Asia-ARVO, has conducted over 80 international teaching courses, and has also trained 23 corneal fellows from 13 countries from 4 continents. Professor Tan is the recipient of over 20 awards, which include the APAO 2001 De Ocampo Award, the AAO 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award, the ISRS/AAO 2009 Casebeer Award, the Saudi Ophthalmological Society 2010, Gold Medal, the Australia and New Zealand Corneal Society 2011 Doug Coster Award, and the Canadian Society of Ophthalmology 2011 W. Bruce Jackson Award. He is currently President Elect of The Cornea Society, and President of the Asia Cornea Society (ACS) and the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA). In 2012, he will be appointed as the President of the Cornea Society, the Society’s first international president.
Marie-Jose TASSIGNON, Belgium
Tassignon Marie-José, MD, PhD, FEBO, is full professor of ophthalmology at Antwerp University, Faculty of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Antwerp University Hospital since 1991. She is member of 8 national societies and board member of 6. She is member of 18 international societies and board member of 6. She was invited speaker in many national and international societies, promotor of 6 PhD theses and published 215 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is author of 6 patents, inventions related with cataract surgery and developed ophthalmic instruments in collaboration with the industry. She received several awards from which the Binkhorst Medal Lecture (ESCRS, Vienna, 2011).
Clement THAM, Hong Kong
Clement C.Y. Tham is Professor of Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chief-of-Service of Hong Kong Eye Hospital, and formerly the Chief-of-Service of Ophthalmology at Prince of Wales Hospital. Prof. Tham is the Ophthalmology Editor of Hong Kong Medical Journal, and previously the Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology. Prof. Tham has peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts for 13 international journals, including The Lancet. Prof. Tham is the Deputy Secretary-General of Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), and is also the Chair of the APAO Congress Committee. He is Chair of the Scientific Program Committees of The 27th APAO Congress 2012 in South Korea, The Inaugural Congress of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society 2012 in Indonesia, and The 28th APAO Congress 2013 in India. For his work in the prevention of blindness, Prof. Tham was awarded the inaugural Nakajima Award by the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) in 2005. In the same year, Prof. Tham was one of the awardees of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong. Prof. Tham received the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2008, and the Achievement Award from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) in 2010. Prof. Tham has also received numerous other awards in recognition to his contributions to research and teaching in the field of glaucoma.
Sharon TOW, Singapore
Dr Tow graduated from the University of Sydney. Following training in ophthalmology in Edinburgh and Singapore, she completed a one-year fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology under the mentorship of Prof Neil Miller at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. On her return to the Singapore National Eye Centre, she helped to consolidate the Neuro-ophthalmology service, and since 2006, has been the head of this service. Dr Tow is actively involved in the teaching of residents and medical students, and is an examiner for the Singapore College of Ophthalmology as well as the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. She has been an invited speaker at national, regional and international meetings. She is also involved in research projects at her center and reviews regularly for various ophthalmology journals.
David T. TSE, USA
Dr David T. Tse is the Professor of Ophthalmology and head of the Ophthalmic Plastic, Orbital Surgery and Oncology Service at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He currently holds the inaugural Dr Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmic Plastic, Orbital Surgery and Oncology. Dr Tse’s clinical interests include the full spectrum of lacrimal, eyelid and orbital reconstructive surgeries due to disease or injury, as well as aesthetic and rejuvenative surgeries. His clinical research efforts center on innovative ways to treat extensive skin cancers and lethal orbital malignancies. In the laboratory, Dr Tse’s efforts are directed at developing an animal model to assess the molecular and cellular sequelae of experimental traumatic optic nerve injury and to identify novel therapeutic strategies. His other area of research concentration is the identification of orbital tumor cell markers as prognostic indicators for targeted therapy. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. His writings include The Color Atlas of Ophthalmic Surgery: Oculoplastic Surgery, and over 100 scientific articles and 50 book chapters. He was a director of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and Dr Tse’s oculoplastic peers named him to the Woodward/White’s The Best Doctors in America and included him among America’s Top Doctors.
Kazuo TSUBOTA, Japan
Professor Kazuo Tsubota is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine, his alma mater, in Tokyo, Japan. An internationally recognized dry eye specialist, Professor Tsubota has been working on the pathogenesis and treatment of dry eye. One focus of his research is improving the ocular surface and proper function of vision through assessing functional visual acuity. Other research projects include ocular surface reconstruction, regeneration of the cornea, lacrimal gland, immunology of Sjogren’s syndrome, dry eye, and wound healing of refractive surgery. He heads an active dry eye research group as well as an active refractive group in Japan, resulting in publishing more than 500 peer reviewed articles, including, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Immunology, FASEB Journal, Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. He was the first Japanese recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award in 1994. Prof. Tsubota holds editorial positions on several ophthalmic journals as well as being a regular reviewer of ophthalmic journals.
Abhay VASAVADA, India
After completing his FRCS in 1980 from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Dr Abhay Vasavada specialized in cataract surgery. Eight years into his practice at Raghudeep Eye Clinic, he set up Iladevi Cataract & IOL Centre in 1991 devoted exclusively to cataract research and in particular to congenital cataract in children. As a director of Raghudeep Eye Clinic and Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre, he has awarded more than 100 fellowship to the ophthalmologists from all over the world. To his credit, more than 135 publications are listed in various national and international journals. He has been invited to perform live surgery demonstration across the globe in countries like USA, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Gulf-countries, entire Asia Pacific region including China And Australia. He is a distinguished member of different ophthalmic societies from all over the globe. He has been a recipient of best researcher award and Dr B.C. Roy National Award by Honorable President Dr K.R. Narayanan in 1997. In 2002 he was the recipient of 1st Asia Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) Award for Best Educator in Asia Pacific Region. He has been a recipient of American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award, 2005. He has also been awarded the Arthur Lim Oration by the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) for the year 2010. He is the first Indian to be awarded Binkhorst Medal Lecture by the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) in 2011. He was selected as one of the “Top Fifty Opinion Leaders” in 2005 for his Outstanding Contribution and Leadership in the field of cataract surgery, a survey taken by a “Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today”. For last few years he is also heading & supervising research related to cataract development & management in children as well as adults. His ultimate goal is to keep providing highest quality of cataract management and solve some of the problems facing children and young adults.
Jie-Jin WANG, Australia
Jie Jin Wang, MBBS, MMed (Clin Epi), MAppStat, PhD, received an equivalent Bachelor degree of Medicine (1978) and a Masters of Medicine in ophthalmic pathology (1989) from Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, China. She subsequently received a Master of Medicine in Epidemiology (1995) and a PhD in Ophthalmic Epidemiology (2000) from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Applied Statistics (2001) from Macquarie University, Sydney. Jie Jin is Associate Professor at the Centre for Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney, and the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne. From 2000-8, she was Deputy Director of the Centre for Vision Research, contributing significantly to building the research capacity of the team. Jie Jin has been a chief investigator of the Blue Mountains Eye Study since 2002, and led a number of collaborative projects with new research directions using data collected from this cohort. She has been a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) since 1997, served the Program Committee for Clinical Epidemiologic Research section during 2002-5 and chaired the Committee in 2004-5. Jie Jin is a recipient of an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship (Level A, 2005-9; Level B, 2010-4).
Ningli WANG, China
Professor Ningli Wang is the Director and the vice president of the eye center of Beijing Tongren Hospital, which is one of the two largest eye centers in China and provides a comprehensive and seamless Ophthalmic Service for 600,000 outpatients and 54,000 surgeries annually. World-class scholarship enhanced by hard gained clinical knowledge helped Wang Ningli gain the position of director at the internationally-renowned eye center of Beijing Tongren Hospital, back in 2002. As a key educator and the President-Elect of Chinese Ophthalmological Society, he devoted himself into ophthalmic practice, teaching, training, blindness prevention and academic research in China and beyond. His past accomplishments and contributions produced significant impact on Chinese Ophthalmology and Asia-pacific region. Prof. Wang is a foresight leader, who serves for a better direction of Chinese Ophthalmology development, a dedicated educator, who give benefits to Chinese Young ophthalmologists, an excellent communicator, who bridges the Chinese ophthalmology with Asia-pacific region and beyond, A passionate student, who always thirst for the unknown and respects for the senior researcher, a merciful physician, who devoted into caring for patients and blindness prevention. A breakthrough came in early 2009 when Wang and his team came up with their “trans-lamina cribrosa pressure difference theory” on open-angle glaucoma (data published in Ophthalmology 2010;117:259–266) . The research result was first published during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference, held in Florida, US, in April 2009. Wang’s American professor from the Shiley Eye Center was impressed, calling it “a milestone paper”. Prof. Wang is the Chinese Ophthalmological Society, President-Elect and Chairman of Chinese Ultrasound Technology Association, Board Member of Asia Oceanic Glaucoma Society and South-east Asia Glaucoma Interested Group. Prof. Wang has published more than 300 articles including 100 SCI journal articles and serves as the society editor of International Glaucoma Review, editorial board member of a few international journals including Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Research, British Journal of Ophthalmology. He has received a number of prestigious awards including “Outstanding Specialist Award from State Council of China”, APAO “Achievement award” and “Arthur Lim award”.
George WARING, USA
George O. Waring III, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology, Adjunct, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; Private Practice, Eye 1st Vision and Laser, Atlanta, Georgia. George O. Waring, III is an ophthalmic surgeon with 30 years of experience in vision correction surgery, RK, LASIK, intraocular lens implants and cataract and corneal surgery. He was born in Buffalo, New York, on February 21, 1941. He received his MD degree from Baylor Medical College, Houston, Texas. His ophthalmology training included a residency followed by a Heed Fellowship in corneal disease and surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), of the Royal College of Ophthalmology (FRCOphth, Britain), and of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr Waring began his academic career in 1974 as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, where the established the first eye bank in northern California. In 1979 he joined the faculty at Emory University, where he was a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery, until 2004; he is currently Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology, Adjunct, at Emory. In his busy consulting practice in anterior ocular segment diseases and surgery, he has done approximately 1000 corneal transplants. He was a Founder and Managing Director of the privately owned Vision Correction Group (Emory Vision/InView Vision Center) from 1994-2004, where he has done more than 10,000 LASIK and other refractive procedures. He has trained over 50 Fellows in corneal and refractive surgery. Since 2004, he has practiced privately in Atlanta. In 1992, he received a National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Scholars Award to do research in laser corneal surgery at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Paris, France. In 1993-95, he served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of Research at the Al-Magrabi Eye Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he helped develop LASIK. Dr Waring is or has been a member of approximately 40 ophthalmological societies including the American Ophthalmological Society, International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the International Intraocular Implant Club. He has served on national and international Boards of Directors. His research has included National Institutes of Health grants to study radial keratotomy (as National Director of the PERK Study) and excimer laser corneal surgery. He has received approximately 60 research grants. He presented the data to the US FDA that led to the first FDA-approved clinical excimer laser vision correction surgery in the United States. As the Principal Investigator of the Emory-sponsored investigations of LASIK, he received the first physician-sponsored investigational device exemption from the U.S. FDA. Dr Waring was Editor-in-Chief (from 1989 to 2010) of the Journal of Refractive Surgery, and has served on more than 20 other editorial boards, including the American Journal of Ophthalmology. He has published over 260 peer reviewed original articles, 70 book chapters, and 260 brief communications. His authoritative 1300-page textbooks, Refractive Keratotomy for Myopia and Astigmatism, and Corneal Disorders: Diagnosis and Management (with Howard Leibowitz, MD) are standard references. The Waring Medal for Editorial excellence is awarded annually by the associate editors of the Journal of Refractive Surgery to an author publishing an outstanding paper in the previous year. He has received professional awards including three American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Awards (including its Life Achievement Honor Award in 2004), the Society of Heed Fellows Outstanding Ophthalmologist Award, an Honorary Medal from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, a Gold Medal from the 5th International Congress on Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Florence, Italy, two gold medals for contributions in international ophthalmology from the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology, the Castroviejo Medal from the Corneal Society, and the Lans and Barraquer and Kritzinger and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society of Refractive Surgery. In 2008, he received the Weisenfeld Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology “for applying stringent scientific principles in his pioneering work”. For the past 15 years, Dr Waring has been listed frequently in the “Best Doctors in America,” “Americas Top Doctors,” in various “Who’s Who” compellations, including “Marquis Who’s Who in the World” in 2008. He has spoken or demonstrated surgery at more than 600 ophthalmic meetings in approximately 60 countries on six continents. He has given over 35 named lectures at universities and professional societies. He has been active in public communication concerning ophthalmology and has appeared on Nightline with Ted Koppel, the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, the ABC 20/20 News Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, and on CNN. Dr Waring serves as a Medical Consultant to multiple ophthalmic companies. He serves as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases – for both defendants and plaintiffs. Dr Waring enjoys sporting and outdoor activities, often with his four children. He plays squash weekly. He is an avid alpine snow skier, including frequent heli-skiing in the Bugaboo Mountains of British Columbia (more than one million vertical feet of heli-skiing). As a whitewater kayaker, he has boated the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and the Sun Kosi River in the Everest region of Nepal. He has mountain climbed in the Mont Blanc region of France, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, climbed on the Matterhorn in Switzerland and Aconcagua in Argentina, and made a first-ascent of KangYaja (19,925 ft.) in the remote Dolpo region of the Nepali Himalaya (Rock & Ice, March/April, 1996; The American Alpine Journal 1996;38:274-278). He is also a Dive Master in the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, diving extensively in the Red Sea, in Papua New Guinea, and with the great white sharks in South Africa. Multiple African safaris have been by land, on rivers, by walking, in hot air balloons, in game hunting reserves, and on horseback. Most summers he can be found bareboat sailing ---- somewhere. He was elected as a Fellow in the Explorer’s Club in New York in March of 2001.
Robert N. WEINREB, USA
Robert N. Weinreb, M.D.is the Chairman and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, Morris Gleich Chair, Director of the Shiley Eye Center, and the Director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. A graduate of the Harvard Medical School, Dr Weinreb is a clinician, a surgeon and a scientist. He has been named to every edition of Best Doctors in America since its inception, and patients from throughout the world seek his medical and surgical expertise. Dr Weinreb also is a prolific researcher and teacher. He has authored more than 1400 scientific publications. His current research interests include aging and the eye, all aspects of glaucoma, neuroprotection of the optic nerve and retina, and the translation of stem cell biology and gene therapy to eliminate blindness. Dr Weinreb has served as President of some of the most respected organizations within the profession including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2002-2003), the World Glaucoma Association (2004-2006) and the American Glaucoma Society (2007-2009). He is President of the American Glaucoma Society Foundation and President-Elect of the Pan American Glaucoma Society. Dr Weinreb also is Chair of the Global Glaucoma Consensus Initiative of the World Glaucoma Association. He has trained more than 120 post-doctoral Fellows in Glaucoma, many of whom hold distinguished academic positions throughout the world.
Tien Yin WONG, Singapore
Professor Tien Y Wong is currently Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore and National University Hospital, and Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute. Prof Wong is retinal specialist, balancing clinical practice in macular and retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion with a broad-based research program focused on the epidemiology of Asian retinal diseases, and on the use of retinal imaging to predict cardiovascular risk. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and Nature. Prof Wong is the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and on Editorial Board of IOVS, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Ophthalmologica and Diabetes Care. Prof Wong has been recognized internationally and nationally with numerous awards, including the Sandra Doherty Award from the American Heart Association, the Alcon Research Institute Award, the Novartis Prize in Diabetes, Australian Society of Medical Research AMGEN Medical Research of the Year Award, the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology De Ocampo Award, the Singapore Translational Researcher Award (STaR), the National Outstanding Clinician-Scientist Award and the President’s Science Award.
Victoria WONG, Hong Kong
Dr Victoria Wong is an anterior segment eye specialist specializing in cornea and external eye diseases and lens surgery. She is currently Consultant Ophthalmologist of Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Honorary Visiting Professor of Joint Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University (DOVS-CUHK), Hong Kong, Subspecialty Fellowship Training Program Coordinator of Cornea & External Eye Diseases Subspecialty of DOVS-CUHK and a Member of the Coordinating Committee in Ophthalmology of the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong.
Lin-Chung WOUNG, Chinese Taipei
Dr Woung, MD, DMSc, is currently the deputy superintendent for Taipei City Hospital and the President of Taiwan Academy of Ophthalmology. He has taken on key positions in the Ophthalmologic Society in Taiwan for the past 14 years, and has been the director of society since year 1993. Academically, he is the recruiter for the Editorial & Publication Committee of the Ophthalmologic Society of Taiwan, the chief editor of the Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology and the Taipei City Medical Journal, He has been the reviewer of the Journal of Asian Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the Journal of Ophthalmology…etc. He was also the vice president of Asian Neuro-Ophthalmology Society for 2008, and is now working on the International Neuro-Ophthalmology Symposium. He has won the Distinguished Service Awards in APAO 2010 and the Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award in APAO 2011. Dr Woung is an associate professor accredited by the Department of Education Taiwan since 1995, and holds various teaching roles in 5 national medical schools including the National Taiwan University College of Medicine. He keeps a companionable relationship with all of the above organizations and his support and dedication to the Ophthalmology Society in Taiwan is beyond question.
Lixin XIE, China
Lixin Xie, MD, member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, serves as professor of ophthalmology and director of Shandong Eye Institute (Qingdao, China). Prof. Xie is engaged in the basic research and clinical work of cornea and cataract. As a leader in the field of cornea in China, he brought forward the theory of different fungal species showing horizontal or vertical growth patterns in corneas and pushed lamellar keratoplasty to treat fungal keratitis. He also developed intraocular cyclosporine A delivery system, with independent intellectual property rights in China, for prevention of immune rejection after keratoplasty. Moreover, he was among the early ones who introduced cataract phacoemulsification to China. Prof. Xie has not only won 16 provincial and national Prizes for Progress in Science and Technology, but also published three authored books, 28 compiled or translated books, and 495 papers. Furthermore, he is doctoral program supervisor of Peking University, Zhejiang University, Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Qingdao University. Among his honors are the Golden Key Award of Chinese-American Ophthalmological Society (2004), Outstanding Achievement Award of Chinese Ophthalmological Society (2006), American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award (2008), and Arthur Lim Award of Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2009).
Jason YAM, Hong Kong
Jason Yam, MBBS(HKU), MPH (HKU), FRCS(Edin), FCOphth (HK), FHKAM (Ophth), is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and Associate Professor of Joint Shantou International Eye Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Shantou University. He is the Academic Coordinator of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Service in the Hong Kong Eye Hospital.
Dr. Yam received overseas training in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK, and Strabismology with Prof. David Guyton at Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA. He also completed an international fellowship with Prof. Kenneth Wright in Los Angeles. Dr Yam serves as a Council Member in the Asia-Pacific Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology Society, and in the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society. He is active in training and teaching, and is currently the Coordinator of Undergraduate Medical Teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He has more than 20 publications and has co-authored one book. He has delivered more than 40 presentations and invited lectures in international conferences. He also serves as an editor in the Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology, and reviewer of 10 international journals. He has received a number of awards, including Hong Kong Society of Community Medicine Prize, Dr Timothy Kai-Ching Liu Memorial Fund Award, Distinguished Young Fellow in HKAM 2013, APAO Yasuo Tano Travel Grant 2014, and the WOC Travel Grant 2014. He also undertakes the APAO Leadership Development Program.
Peizeng YANG, China
Prof. Peizeng Yang, of the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, China, is engaged in studies on the diagnosis and treatment of uveitis and the mechanisms involved in this disease. He has made contributions to the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome, Fuchs’ syndrome and Behcet’s disease, as well as the understanding of the mechanisms of uveitis. His work has been supported by more than 30 research grants totalling 30 million renminbi. Prof. Yang has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and three Chinese books on uveitis. He is an international representative in the Council of the International Ocular Inflammation Society, a founding executive member of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group, a member of the International Uveitis Study Group, and a council member of the International Society for Behcet’s Disease.
Ke YAO, China
Dr Yao got his doctor degree in ophthalmology from Shanghai Second Medical University in1988. From 1988 to 1990, he had been in University Eye Clinic Basel, Basel , Switzerland , for two years of postdoctoral research and won the Alfred-Vogt Prize. Dr Yao is specialized in ocular anterior segment diseases. His career has been dedicated to the research, teaching and practice of advanced techniques in cataract prevention and treatment. He is a skillful surgeon especially for cataract and glaucoma surgery. Dr Yao has not only performed over thirty thousand successful small incision phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation, but he is also an experienced pioneer on microincision phacoemulsification. Working with the newest techniques, Dr Yao is training the next generation of eye surgeons.
Chee Chew YIP, Singapore
Dr Yip Chee Chew, MBBS, MMed(Ophth), FRCS(Edin), FAMS(Ophth), graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1981 and a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AMS). Under the Singapore Health Ministry scholarship, he did his two Oculoplastics fellowships at the University of Cincinnati and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 2001 to 2003. During the latter, he received the Ann C Rosenfield Fellowship Fund Award. He is the department head and senior consultant at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Head, Oculoplastics service at National Healthcare Group (NHG) Eye Institute. He is the deputy chairman of the NHG Ethics Board. He is elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the secretary of the College of Ophthalmologist, AMS in 2010. He has published more than 40 peer review articles and has written 2 Oculoplastic book chapters. He received the 2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication to ophthalmic education. He is appointed as the Oculoplastics section editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology in 2011.
Alvin YOUNG, Hong Kong
Dr Young is currently the deputising Chief of Service & the Head of Corneal & External Eye Disease Service at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Prince of Wales Hospital and Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospitals. He is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong & an Honorary Visiting Professor of STU/CUHK Joint Shantou International Eye Centre. Dr Young has over 50 peer reviewed publications & has delivered over 100 courses, lectures and presentations at major international ophthalmic scientific meetings. Dr Young has been serving as a reviewer for more than 15 peer reviewed journals and was the recipient of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He served as a scientific coordinator for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2008 and APAO Congresses (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) Corneal Programs.
Minbin YU, China
Minbin Yu received his MD (1984) and PhD (1994) from Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science, China and now works as an academic leader in clinical glaucoma at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, China, and the Head of Department of Optometry and Vision Science of Sun Yat-sen University. He is Secretary of Party Committee and Associate Head of the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center. Dr. Yu’s clinical and basic research interests range from glaucoma surgery, visual function assessment in glaucoma, clinical binocular vision to amblyopia and the mechanism and visual plasticity in amblyopia. Dr .Yu has published over 100 papers in international and Chinese peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as an editorial board member of several ophthalmology journals.
Junwen ZENG, China
Junwen Zeng, MD, PhD, is a professor at Zhongshan Opthhalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen Univeristy, China. He received his medical degree from Sun Yat-sen University Medical College and completed his residency in Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center before he pursued his doctorate degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, USA. His major research interests are prevention and treatment of myopia in children and ocular surface diseases.
Minghzhi ZHANG, China
Prof Mingzhi has been working in Ophthalmology for more than 30 years. Specialising in cataract, glaucoma and optometry, she is one of the earliest ophthalmologists in China to perform phacoemulsification and refractive cataract surgery. Her research, such as combining surgery for glaucoma with cataract and building surgical treatment models, was well-received by the international ophthalmic community. Recently, Prof Zhang has focused her works on mapping of disease-causing genes of congenital cataract and susceptibility genes of glaucoma and high myopia. She has conducted six nationwide research projects, two International cross-cutting projects and three provincial research projects in recent years. She has published 131 papers, 61 of which are published in international peer-reviewed SCI journals.
Prof Zhang currently serves as an Editorial Board Member of the Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology, the Chinese Journal of Optometry, Ophthalmology and Visual Science, the Chinese Journal of Experimental Ophthalmology, the Chinese Journal of Practical Ophthalmology, and the Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. She is also an editor of the teaching material for Ophthalmology of Higher Education, the deputy chief editor of the teaching material for Eye Diseases in Optometry of Higher Education. She is also a committee member of the Chinese Ophthalmological Society, the Ophthalmologist Society of Chinese Doctoral Association, an executive member of the Ophthalmologic Society of China Medical Women's Association, the deputy director of Ophthalmology Society of Guangdong Medical Council, and the Guangdong Ophthalmological Society.
Yingfeng ZHENG, Singapore
Dr Yingfeng Zheng, MD, PhD, completed his postgraduate training at the National University of Singapore. Working on epidemiological research at the Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore and the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, China, Dr Zheng has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for more than 10 international journals including Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His research interests include the epidemiology and environmental determinants of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, high myopia and cataracts, and the biology of ocular stem cells.