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Hope in sight: the future of eye research (Facebook Live seminar series)

Facebook Live seminar series starting Tuesday 12 May at 12pm

To watch the Hope in sight Facebook Live seminar series, please go to our Facebook page. The videos will be streamed live to our page. You do not need your own Facebook account to watch the videos, but if you would like to ask questions during the seminar you will need to be logged into an account. Alternatively, you can send your questions through prior to the seminar via community@cera.org.au. We hope you can join us!  

Join our researchers to learn more about the future of vision research at our new Hope in sight series.

Starting on Facebook Live at 12 noon on 12 May, the Hope in sight series, will explore how our researchers are continuing their work in these uncertain times, what is new in research and what we can expect in the future.

Learn about how our researchers are using their expertise and knowledge to achieve better treatments and faster diagnosis of eye disease. Hear about our goal of preventing vision loss and ultimately, finding cures to restore sight.

We know that many of our supporters were looking forward to meeting our researchers at our Vision Expo planned for May. As we can no longer see you in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to connect with you and give you an opportunity to ask questions at a series of Facebook Live events.

Our researchers are dedicated to saving sight and offering hope to people affected by vision loss.

We’d love to know what you’d like to hear about from our experts, so if you have any specific questions you’d like answered, please send them through to community@cera.org.au

Join us on our Facebook page  – we look forward to seeing you there!

*Please note – the seminars will be streamed live but the videos will remain on our page, so you will be able to watch them at any time!

Professor Keith Martin, Tuesday May 12 at 12pm on Facebook Live

Tuesday May 12 12pm

Professor Keith Martin

Professor Keith Martin is Managing Director of CERA and Ringland Anderson Professor and Head of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne. Keith is working to develop new treatments for eye disease, with a keen interest in glaucoma, using stem cells, gene therapy and other techniques. Clinically, he specialises in the medical and surgical management of complex glaucoma and was recently the President of the World Glaucoma Association, the largest glaucoma organisation in the world.

Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden, Wednesday May 13 at 12pm on Facebook LiveWednesday May 13 12pm

Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden

Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden is a Principal Investigator at CERA and a consultant ophthalmologist in the medical retina clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Peter’s research focuses on three key areas: novel imaging technologies to detect early markers of eye and central nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease; understanding the role played by support cells in the optic nerve and the implications that this has for the management of diseases of the optic nerve; and understanding the causes of diabetic retinopathy and identifying new avenues for treatment.

Professor Robyn Guymer, Thursday May 14 at 12pm on Facebook LiveThursday May 14 12pm

Professor Robyn Guymer

Professor Robyn Guymer is Professor of Ophthalmology at Melbourne University and a Deputy Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia. She is also a senior retinal specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She is a clinician scientist who leads a team of 20 researchers primarily investigating Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She has investigated genetic and environmental risk factors for AMD, predictors of response to treatments for late AMD, as well as being a principal investigator in many industry sponsored trials.

Dr Karl Brown, Monday May 18 at 12pm on Facebook LiveMonday May 18 12pm

Dr Karl Brown

Dr Karl Brown is a DHB Research Fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia. In 2016 he was the Inaugural Lions’ Corneal Research Fellow. Karl has a mixed background in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne in the field of corneal tissue engineering.  He is currently continuing his work on the cornea at CERA where he works closely with the Lions Eye Donation Service and University Departments of Veterinary Science and Chemical Engineering.

Dr Thomas Edwards, Tuesday May 19 at 12pm on Facebook LiveTuesday May 19 12pm

Dr Thomas Edwards

Dr Thomas Edwards’ research looks at the potential of gene therapy to cure inherited retinal diseases. His research aims to establish the infrastructure and knowledge base necessary to develop treatments that may halt or partially reverse some inherited causes of blindness.

Associate Professor Lyndell Lim, Wednesday May 20 1pmWednesday May 20 1pm

Associate Professor Lyndell Lim

Associate Professor Lyndell Lim is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, where she also heads our Clinical Trials Research Unit. A/Prof Lim is also a Consultant Ophthalmologist sub-specialising in the fields of Medical Retina and Ocular Inflammatory Disease at both the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is Head of the Ocular Immunology Clinic at RVEEH.

Her main passion is in clinical research, particularly in the areas of Ocular Inflammatory Disease and Diabetic Retinopathy, where she is continually searching for better treatments for these diseases.


+ more to come – keep your eyes on this page and our Facebook page for further seminar dates and speakers.