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Leading eye researcher sets sights on the University of Melbourne


Professor Mingguang He

The University of Melbourne is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Mingguang He as its new Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, under the Research@Melbourne Accelerator Program (R@MAP).

Professor He is the former Associate Director and Professor of Ophthalmology in the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou; the leading ophthalmic centre for advanced eye care in China.

Professor He is a global expert in vision-related population health research. His work in China has been vital to identifying risk factors and effective treatment for glaucoma, myopia and retinal diseases.

At a welcome reception for Professor He in Melbourne, Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Melbourne, said R@MAP is designed to strengthen the University’s research program through strategic appointments. “We are aiming to attract world leaders in targeted research fields from around the globe to Melbourne. They bring with them their knowledge, experience and access to new networks.”

“Professor He will add significant new strength to our capability in eye research and open pathways for more collaborative opportunities, especially in China” Professor Stephen Smith, Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, said.

Professor He joins Australia’s leading ophthalmic research group, a collaboration between the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology and the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

“Previously research could be done with a bench and a few postgraduate students, but the world has changed”, Professor He said.

“We are lucky to live in an era where big data and better technology is becoming available. This requires a different mindset, and range of knowledge and skills. An effective collaboration, bringing the expertise and the data together from Australia, China and elsewhere, will help find some new solutions that would have never been possible before”.

Professor He undertook his medical training in China and the US, holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a PhD in ophthalmology from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He has published more than 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, has presented more than 30 invited lectures at international conferences and serves as an editorial board member for a number of international ophthalmic journals.