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The WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness Team



Professor Mingguang He


Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness | Principal Investigator, CERA

Professor Mingguang He is the Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne. He undertook his medical training in China, holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and PhD in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Professor He is a global expert in vision-related clinical and epidemiologic research. He led several important population-based studies in China, including the first glaucoma survey and a large-scale twin study in China. He serves on editorial boards for several important journals, including Ophthalmology, PLoS One, Molecular Vision and APJO. He is currently the deputy secretary-general of Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Professor He has led a series of studies to help understand the prevalence, clinical characteristics, natural history and risk factors for important eye diseases such as glaucoma, myopia and retinal diseases.His research interests include: clinical and epidemiological research, randomized clinical trials, twin studies and imaging technology.

Dr Andreas Mueller

Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness

Dr Andreas Mueller has worked across various sectors of the public health field – supporting eye research and prevention of blindness initiatives in academia, the non-government sector and within the UN system. Research interests include: innovative strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness to deliver eye care services in low and middle income countries, including the use of technology for population screening for eye disease in general, and diabetic retinopathy in particular.

Dr Fei Long

APRA Project Manager

Dr Long supports clinical and translational research for 50 hospitals across China and the Asia Pacific region, as part of the Asia Pacific Research Accelerator (APRA) project. Dr Fei Long has 10 years of experience in promoting public health with global leading institutions and no-governmental organisations (NGOs). He is dedicated to the development of eye care services, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Stuart Keel

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, CERA

Dr Stuart Keel is a post-doctoral research fellow at CERA with key research interests in clinical and epidemiological research. He completed his PhD at La Trobe University in 2015, where he investigated retinal microvascular biomarkers in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Following this, Dr Keel joined CERA, where he co-managed the National Eye Health Survey – a population-based study into the prevalence and causes of vision impairment and blindness in non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians.

Dr Liying Li

APRA Project Coordinator 

Dr Li is coordinating the Asia Pacific Research Accelerator (APRA) project. She is also a research assistant in the Ophthalmic Epidemiology unit and her research interests include risk factors and preventive intervention of myopia. Dr Li has experience in clinical service, administration, project management and medical research.  She graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University in China with a Bachelor and Master degree in Clinical Medicine. Dr Li has been a paediatrician focusing on child developmental behavior and mental health. Since 2010, she has worked as an administrative staff member in the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Sun Yat-Sen University, during which she also worked as a Project Manager in the Johns Hopkins-SYSU Joint Project.

Candy Han Yue

Research Program Coordinator

Candy Han Yue is the Research Program Coordinator at CERA, supporting and coordinating programs of WHO Collaborating Centre. With a  Master Degree of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, Ms. Yue has six years of experience working with international government agencies and global NGOs in policy research and eye care program management. She was awarded the Australian Leadership Award and Australian Endeavour Award in 2011 and 2012, respectively. She completed the Management Training for Eye Care Program Managers at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in 2014 in India.


Pei Ying Lee

Research Optometrist

Pei Ying is a research optometrist at CERA. She is working with the team to customise an automated grading system for eye diseases, which offers the potential to provide an accessible and cost-effective eye screening system in Australia. She was previously involved in the National Eye Health Survey, the first nationwide population-based study of the prevalence of major eye diseases in Australia.

Dr William Yan

MBBS, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

Dr William Yan received his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University and is currently completing his PhD in Ophthalmology at The University of Melbourne. He has a particular interest in public health, translational research and innovative solutions to improve healthcare access and efficiency. Dr Yan combines his practice with clinical research, teaching and supervision of students and international observers, and has co-ordinated clinical trials, public health and epidemiology projects in Australia and China.