COUNCIL LECTURE – A/PROF MARK D DANIELL
A/Prof Mark Daniell is a senior consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a subspeciality interest in corneal disease. He is head of the Corneal service at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), overseeing a team of surgeons performing corneal transplantation for Victoria. He is founding Chair of the ANZ Corneal Society and Medical Director of the Lions Eye Bank. He has a significant research interest in a bioengineered cornea, developing the concepts for this project and being the driving force gathering together the collaboration partners. He has had successful collaborations with Dr David Steele at the Mawson Institute and Dr Sangwan at LVPEI in India working on plasma polymer coated contact lens as a method of transferring limbal stem cells to the patient.
SIR NORMAN GREGG LECTURE – PROF HUGH TAYLOR
Prof Taylor graduated from the University of Melbourne receiving the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1971, Diploma of Ophthalmology in 1975 and Doctorate of Medicine in 1979. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists in 1976. He was the Assistant Director of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, 1976-77 and went to the Wilmer Institute in 1977 as a Corneal Fellow. He was the Associate Director of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology. When he left Johns Hopkins in 1990 he was a professor of Ophthalmology, Epidemiology and International Health. He returned to Australia in 1990 as the Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne, a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness.
IDA MANN LECTURE – PROF MINAS CORONEO
Prof Minas Coroneo is Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
His interest in translational research resulted in the development of trypan blue (VisionBlue) as an ocular dye, glaucoma shunts (CyPass) and next generation intraocular lenses. The pathophysiology of ocular epithelia and the ocular effects of sunlight are long-term interests. He has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised 21 higher degree candidates.
HOLLOWS LECTURE – DR GARRY BRIAN
Dr Garry Brian graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 1979. From 1987 to 1991, he worked in Fred Hollow’s eye department at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
In 1987 Garry started regular clinic and surgery visits to the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland. The first of these was with Fred, Sanduk Ruit (Nepal) and Desbelle Ghebregiorgis (Eritrea), and was the experience upon which was based a push for IOL implantation in peripheral facilities and in developing countries. For the last 26 years, Garry has continued to provide this service at least six weeks annually on Thursday Island. In the mid-1990s he was also the sole visiting ophthalmologist for remote indigenous communities in northwest Queensland and on Cape York Peninsula, and at urban Aboriginal Medical Services in Far North Queensland. As a result of this work, the Australian federal government was persuaded to review the delivery of ophthalmic services to rural and remote indigenous communities, with the intention of improving access and quality. Garry was a consultant to the attempted implementation of the recommendations of that review.
PAEDIATRIC SPEAKER – PROF KEN K NISCHAL MD
Ken K Nischal MD, FRCOphth, is Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh and Director of the UPMC Children’s Eye Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Motility.
He was attending and then head of the department of Ophthalmology, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, and London, UK from 1999 until 2011. His fellowship training was at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto in 1998.
His focus is on evidence based protocol led clinical care with clinical outcome measures as a source of clinical research. His main areas of clinical research are anterior segment developmental anomalies affecting the cornea, lens and trabecular meshwork. He has published widely in pediatric cataract, glaucoma and cornea and also craniofacial anomalies.
RETINA SPEAKER- WILLIAM F MIELER MD
William F Mieler MD is Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. He also serves as the Residency Program Director, and as the Director of Vitreoretinal Fellowship Training. His specialty areas include diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, along with ocular oncology.
William received his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medical School (1979). After completion of his Internship at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in San Diego, CA (1980), he completed his three-year ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, FL (1980-83).
CORNEAL AND CATARACT SPEAKER- TERRENCE P O’BRIEN, MD
An internationally recognised expert in refractive surgery, anterior segment and eye infections, Dr Terrence Patrick O’Brien is Professor of Ophthalmology, holder of the Charlotte Breyer Rodgers Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and Vice-Chairman of Strategic Planning and Development at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has an active clinical and surgical practice in External Diseases and Cornea at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach, Gardens, Florida, USA and currently serves as Director of the Refractive Eye Surgery service. He is also active in ocular infectious diseases and ocular microbiology serving as Co-Director of the Ocular Microbiology Laboratory at the University of Miami.
REFRACTIVE AND CATARACT SPEAKER – A/PROF JOSÉ L. GÜELL
A/Prof José L. Güell has been the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Autonoma University of Barcelona since 1991. He studied Medicine and Surgery at the Central University of Barcelona (1977-84). His Doctorate Degree about “Lasik, laser assisted in situ Ketatomileusis” was presented with “Cum Laude” on July 99 at the UAB.
He performed his Residency Program in Barcelona at the Autonoma University (1986-1989) at the Vall d’Hebró Unit, a clinical fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Emory University, Atlanta (1989) , he was directing the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Section at the Ophthalmology Department of the Vall d´Hebron Hospital, Autonoma University of Barcelona until 1999.
GLAUCOMA – DR RICHARD WORMALD
Richard has had a strong interest in prevention of blindness and the amelioration of its effects from the outset of his ophthalmic career having been involved with the International Centre for Eye Health since 1987.
He has 25 years experience in epidemiology of eye health both nationally and internationally including experience of commitment to the preservation and analysis of data from the blind and partial sight registers and now CVI data for England and Wales.
Richard provided his experience and direction as a medical advisory trustee for two major international NGOs for the prevention of blindness – Sight Savers International from 1998-2006 and Fred Hollows (UK) from 2010 until present.