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2016 Keratoconus community information forum

Tuesday 29 November 2016, 6.00pm – 7.30pm: Highlights

CERA researchers and experts came together last night with those experiencing Keratoconus for a fascinating evening of presentations and lively discussion.

Hosted by CERA Principle Investigator and Head Corneal Research, RANZCO president Associate Professor Mark Daniell, the topics covered included:



“The latest from the Australian Study of Keratoconus”
Professor Paul Baird, Principal Investigator Ocular Genetics, CERA
Cross-linking – 2016 and beyond”
Dr Elsie Chan, Honorary, University of Melbourne, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
“Corneal tissue engineering at CERA”
Dr Karl Brown, Research Fellow, CERA


One of the many highlights of the evening was a presentation by Keratoconus sufferer Robert Kfoury who spoke of his experiences ‘from the patient’s viewpoint.’

Robert underwent cross-linking in his left eye several years ago, and while the operation was far from a pleasant experience, it has led to the eyesight in his eye stabilising.

“I can play football img_9174-cropped-smland boxing and am very grateful to the hospital for all they have done to help me and to CERA for the research they are doing,” he said.

More than 30 people attended the session and when asked what they most enjoyed about the session they said:

“Robert’s presentation. He was engaging, funny and thorough.”

“Very interesting information, complex concepts but really well explained.”

“Cross-link, tissue engineering. Prevalence of the KC – much greater than I’d realised.”

“Hearing about all the different studies being done – some food-for-thoughtimg_9160 and I’m considering signing up.”

“The Q&A panel”.


Look out for upcoming community forums from CERA.  





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