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The Grants Review and Awards Committee

Dr Jennifer Arnold, MBBS (hons), FRANZCO (Co-chair)

Dr Arnold is a partner at Marsden Eye Specialists in New South Wales, Australia. She specialises in retinal and macular diseases, as well as cataract and all aspects of general ophthalmology.

As well as performing clinical duties, Dr Arnold coordinates a research team of ophthalmologists, orthoptists, and registered nurses that conducts numerous ongoing international and local clinical trials. Her main research focus is the development of new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular oedema (DMO), and retinal vein occlusion. Indeed, Dr Arnold was involved in the revolutionary work carried out in recent years to improve the diagnosis and management of AMD.

Dr Arnold has numerous publications and is a member of the Macula Society. In 2012, she became the Co-chair of the Grants Review and Awards Committee for the Bayer Global Ophthalmology Awards Program.

Professor Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, MSc, FAAO (Co-chair)

Professor Nguyen is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, California, USA.

Professor Nguyen received his bachelor and Master of Science degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, Connecticut. Subsequently, Professor Nguyen earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition, Professor Nguyen has completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts; a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts; as well as fellowships in immunology and uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; ocular immunology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland; and medical and surgical retina at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Professor Nguyen has previously been on the faculty at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as Assistant Professor, before becoming Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and then Director of Medical Education. In 2013, he was appointed as the McGaw Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and the Inaugural Director of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, as well as Assistant Dean for Translational Research, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2017, Professor Nguyen joined the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Professor Nguyen serves as principal investigator on multiple clinical trials investigating macular oedema, neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ocular inflammatory and uveitic diseases. His team is known for its innovative work in early proof-of-concept clinical trials to evaluate potential pharmacotherapeutic agents for retinal vascular and uveitic diseases. His team was among the first to evaluate aflibercept for neovascular AMD and diabetic macular oedema (DMO), and ranibizumab for DMO.

Professor Nguyen chaired the US multicenter READ-2, READ-3, and iDEAL studies, evaluating the potential role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antagonists through different pathways for DMO, and he lead the SAVE, SAVE-2, and STOP-UVEITIS studies, evaluating the role of new pharmacologic agents in uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases.

With a prolific career that has seen him author numerous manuscripts, Professor Nguyen serves on the Editorial Board of several journals, including the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection and Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers, and Imaging Retina, among others. Furthermore, since its launch in the fall of 2015, Professor Nguyen has been the Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports.

Professor Nguyen’s work has led to him being elected to many prestigious national and international medical associations; most notably, he was recently elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vietnamese American Medical Association (VAMA) and General Secretary of the International Ocular Inflammation Society.

Professor Francesco Bandello, MD, FEBO

Professor Bandello is Full Professor and Chair at the Department of Ophthalmology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy. Professor Bandello is a former President of EURETINA, Vice-President of Academia Ophthalmologica Europea, and a board member of EuroLam Retina.

Professor Bandello is Co-editor of the European Journal of Ophthalmology and former board member of both the Club Jules Gonin and the Macula Society. He is a member of the executive board of the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO) Foundation, the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and the Accademia Nazionale di Medicina. Professor Bandello has co-authored 9 books and serves as a peer reviewer for grant applications for the National Eye Institute (NEI). He has authored or co-authored over 300 articles, and he served as the principal investigator in several multicentre clinical trials mainly concerning retinal diseases.

Professor Francine Behar-Cohen, MD, PhD

Professor Behar-Cohen is a Professor of Ophthalmology and a vitreoretinal surgeon at Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris in France. Previously, she was Medical Director of the Jules Gonin Eye Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Full Professor at the University of Lausanne and the Paris Descartes University.

Professor Behar-Cohen is Director of the ‘Physiopathology of ocular diseases: Therapeutic innovations’ team at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) in the Cordeliers Research Center in Paris. She is also the founder of start-up companies Optis France (now EyeGate Pharma) and Eyevensys S.A.S. (for which she serves as Scientific Advisor).

Professor Behar-Cohen has received awards for her research, including the Research Prize of the French Society of Ophthalmology, and is a member of numerous societies and scientific commissions. She is a member of the editorial board of Molecular Vision, the Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Translational Vision Science and Technology (TVST), and Progress in Retinal and Eye Research. She has published more than 190 articles and a dozen books or book chapters.

Dr Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD, MBA, FARVO

Dr D’Amore is the Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor of Pathology, and Vice-Chair of Basic Research at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA; Director of Research, Senior Scientist, and Ankeny Scholar of Retinal Molecular Biology at the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA, USA; and Director of the Howe Laboratory and Associate Chief of Basic and Translational Research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Furthermore, she is a research associate in surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanism of vascular growth, development and pathology, and pericyte–endothelial cell interactions.

After receiving a BA from Regis College in Weston, MA, USA, in 1973, Dr D’Amore obtained a PhD in Biology from Boston University in 1977, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Biological Chemistry and Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, in 1979. She then received an MBA in Finance in 1987 from Northeastern University in Boston, and was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO) in 2009.

Dr D’Amore has over 200 publications to her credit, some of which have appeared in journals such as Nature Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Development, and the Journal of Cell Biology. In addition to her scientific achievements, Dr D’Amore has won numerous awards for her role as a mentor and teacher, having trained over 70 undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, and postdoctoral fellows.

Mr Philip Hykin, MD, FRCS, FRCO

Mr Hykin was appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Medical Retina Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK, in 1996 and was Director of the Medical Retina Service from 2003 to 2008. His training in retinal ophthalmology began at Moorfields and, after a period of research at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology, he completed a fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He currently holds medical retina clinics, concentrating on patients with retinovascular disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Special interests include the pathogenesis of diabetic macular oedema (DMO), idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, and new therapies for diabetic maculopathy and neovascular AMD.

Mr Hykin has given numerous invited lectures in the UK and abroad, and is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and the Macula Society. He has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to numerous book chapters. He was UK chief investigator for trials of sodium pegaptanib and other anti–vascular endothelial growth factor agents in neovascular AMD, and principal investigator for trials of ruboxistaurin in DMO, posurdex in central and branch retinal vein occlusion, intravitreal triamcinolone in DMO, and bevacizumab in diabetic maculopathy. An ongoing project includes the use of novel adaptive optics high-resolution imaging systems in AMD.

Dr Dr Peter J. Kertes, MD, CM, FRCSC

Dr Kertes majored in Molecular Biology at Princeton University, NJ, USA, as an undergraduate and went to McGill University in Montreal, Canada, for medical school. He then did a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa in Canada, and undertook a 2-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship with Dr Gholam Peyman at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, USA.

Dr Kertes was in practice in Ottawa from 1997 and moved to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada, in 2003 where he is currently a vitreoretinal surgeon and the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the John and Liz Tory Eye Centre at Sunnybrook. Furthermore, Dr Kertes is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto, and is on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr Kertes has an interest in clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine and has published three books on the major clinical trials in ophthalmology, which are a staple of every resident’s library. He served as one of the Editors-in-Chief of the journal, Evidence-based Ophthalmology, and he has authored many textbook chapters and more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr Kertes has a special interest in international ophthalmology and has participated in 20 volunteer projects throughout the developing world, many of them focused on retinopathy of prematurity and paediatric retina.

Dr William Li, MD

Dr Li received his BA with honours in Biochemistry from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, USA, and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, USA. He completed his residency training and clinical fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, USA. Dr Li is President, Medical Director, and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is reconceptualising global disease fighting.

A protégé of medical pioneer Dr Judah Folkman, Dr Li has been engaged in research focused on angiogenesis and its practical applications in ophthalmology, cancer, wound and tissue repair, cardiovascular diseases, and other pathologies. A major part of Dr Li’s work focuses on translating science to practical interventions that improve health outcomes for individuals and populations using angiogenesis-based therapies. Dr Li has testified before congressional and other governmental audiences on the impact of angiogenesis in healthcare, and he works internationally with medical, scientific, bio-pharmaceutical, device, payor, and health policy audiences. His non-profit work has been cited by The New York Times, Fortune, and CNN. He has also been a speaker at a TED conference, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Dr Li has served on faculties at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA, Tufts University in Medford, MA, USA, and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, NH, USA. He has numerous papers in Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and other leading peer-reviewed medical journals.

Professor Masahito Ohji, MD

Professor Ohji is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Shiga University of Medical Science in Otsu, Japan. He graduated from Osaka University Medical School, Suita, Japan in 1983, and had become Assistant Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology by 1993. Professor Ohji is on the editorial board for a range of journals, including the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, and is Co-editor of Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He is also a committee member of both the Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society and the Japanese Society for Ocular Circulation, and is a Scientific Advisor for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Alliance International.

Professor Ohji has produced more than 150 scientific publications and has co-authored many chapters in ophthalmology textbooks. His research interests include retinal and vitreous biology.

Professor Calvin C. P. Pang, DPhil

Professor Pang is S.H. Ho Professor of Visual Sciences, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China. He is also Director of the Shantou University / CUHK Joint Shantou International Eye Center. His research interests include genomic studies and gene mapping of glaucoma, retinal diseases, myopia, and congenital cataracts, as well as molecular genetics and epigenetics of retinoblastoma, thyroid-associated orbitopathy, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, uveitis, corneal dystrophies, and hereditary optic neuropathies. He also works on ocular stem cells and herbal molecules and their effects in eye diseases.

Professor Pang received a BSc in Biochemistry in 1978 from the University of London, UK. He then completed a DPhil research program at the University of Oxford, UK, on an E.P. Abraham Scholarship, followed by 2 years’ postdoctoral research in Oxford. Professor Pang has produced more than 340 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 13 book chapters. He is a reviewer for the Wellcome Trust (UK), National Eye Institute (USA), National Medical Research Council (Singapore), Health Research Board (Ireland), Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research (Spain), and National Natural Science Foundation of China. He is an advisor and honorary or visiting professor of more than 20 clinical or research institutions and has numerous academic duties in mainland China.

Professor Daniel Pauleikhoff, MD

Professor Pauleikhoff was awarded his MD from the University of Münster, Germany, in 1983, and became a research associate at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He then specialised in retinal diseases and completed his residency in 1988. Afterwards, he started an 18-month fellowship in medical retina with Professor Alan C. Bird and Professor John Marshall at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology / Moorfields Eye Hospital, in London, UK.

After his return to the University of Duisburg-Essen in 1989, Professor Pauleikhoff was appointed Senior Physician in the Department for Posterior Segment Disease. In 1993, he was appointed Senior Consultant of Ophthalmology at the Department of Ophthalmology,
St. Franziskus-Hospital Münster, and continued as Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Duisburg-Essen; positions that he continues to hold today. In 2010, he was awarded a further honorary professorship at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Professor Pauleikhoff’s main research activities focus on the pathogenesis, phenotyping and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He is principal investigator for various interventional clinical trials in AMD, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion, and has received many scientific grants for basic science and clinical investigations. He serves on the editorial boards of several scientific ophthalmological journals and is an elected board member of the German Ophthalmological Society. He was elected President of the German Retina Society for the period 2012–2016, having served on the board of this society as a Vice-President for the previous 4 years. Professor Pauleikhoff has authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, is Editor/Co-editor on several books on macular diseases, and has delivered several honorary lectures.

Dr Francisco J. Rodríguez, MD

Dr Rodríguez is the Scientific Director of the Fundación Oftalmológica Nacional and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Universidad del Rosario School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his medical degree from the Universidad del Rosario School of Medicine in 1986, and carried out his ophthalmology residency at the Fundación Oftalmológica Nacional. Dr Rodríguez then completed a vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA; a medical retina fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York, NY, USA; and an electrophysiology / hereditary retinal diseases fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA.

Dr Rodríguez has participated as a principal investigator in clinical trials, and he has received several awards, including the National Academy of Medicine award in 1997. He has produced more than 75 publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals and has also authored several chapters in retina textbooks. His research interests include diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, inflammatory diseases of the retina and choroid, retinal vascular diseases, retinal imaging, and macular surgery.

Professor Tien Yin Wong, MD, PhD

Professor Wong is the Provost’s Chair Professor and Medical Director at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC); Vice-Dean of the Office of Clinical Sciences at Duke–National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS) Medical School; and Director of SingHealth Health Services Research Centre.

Professor Wong completed medical school at the NUS as a President’s scholar, then carried out his residency training in ophthalmology at the SNEC, and retinal fellowships at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, USA and the University of Sydney, Australia. He has a Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA.

As Medical Director of SNEC, Professor Wong helms one of the largest tertiary eye hospitals in Asia, with a faculty of more than 70 ophthalmologists managing 300,000 outpatient visits and 15,000 major surgeries annually. The research division of SNEC, the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), is one of the world’s leading eye research institutes. In his dual role as Vice-Dean of the Office of Clinical Sciences at Duke-NUS Medical School, and Director of Research for SingHealth Health Services Research Centre, he coordinates clinical and translational research strategy and execution across the SingHealth-Duke-NUS academic medicine cluster. Prior to his current appointments, Professor Wong was Executive Director of SERI, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the NUS, and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Wong balances clinical practice in ophthalmology, focusing on retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, with a broad-based research program comprising epidemiological, clinical and translational studies of Asian retinal diseases, and use of retinal imaging to predict disease risk. He has published more than 900 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. He has given over 200 invited plenary, symposium and named lectures globally, and received more than US$50 million in grant funding as a principal investigator.

For his service and research, Professor Wong has been recognised nationally and internationally with numerous awards, such as the Sandra A. Daugherty Award from the American Heart Association, the Alcon Research Institute Award, the Novartis Prize in Diabetes, the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, and the Arnall Patz Medal from the Macula Society. He has been recognised with the Outstanding Researcher Award from the NUS Singapore on two occasions (2004 and 2009) and has received the National Clinician Scientist Award and the President’s Science Award and Technology Award: two of the highest awards in Singapore.

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