Prof David A Mackey – Keynote Speaker


Managing Director
Lions Eye Institute, Western Australia

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Western Australia
Director, Centre for Ophthalmology & Visual Science

A University of Tasmania medical graduate, David completed his ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. After an MD thesis on Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (University of Melbourne) he completed fellowships in the US (Johns Hopkins) and UK (Moorfields and Great Ormond St) in genetic eye diseases.

David has studied genetic and environmental factors involved in eye disease for over 25 years; however, his major works centre on the optic nerve: glaucoma, autosomal dominant optic atrophy and the genetics of optic nerve biometry. For this body of work he was awarded an Alcon Research Institute award (2010).

He is currently Regional Secretary (Australian & New Zealand) and Chair of the Membership committee of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology; Executive Committee member of the Glaucoma Research Society; and Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia. He was on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Council (2011-16) and immediate past-President, International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma.

David was a member of the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee (2012-2015) and the NHMRC Panel for the evidence based medicine guidelines for glaucoma (2009-2010). He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Science Course sub –committee since 2011 and re-wrote the chapters on genetics.

Sandra Staffieri – Patricia Lance Lecture

BAppSc(Orth), DOBA

Graduating from Lincoln Institute in 1985, Sandra Staffieri has over 30 years’ experience in paediatric ophthalmology. As a Clinical and Research Orthoptist at the Centre for Eye Research Australia she has led multiple research projects and participated in international collaborations exploring the genetic basis for hereditary eye disease.

Her career passion has culminated in developing and expanding the unique role of Retinoblastoma Care Co-ordinator at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Together with international colleagues in the One Retinoblastoma World Group, Sandra is working to reduce morbidity and mortality from retinoblastoma in both developed and developing countries.

Supported by an NHMRC Public Health Post-graduate Scholarship, Sandra is developing an evidence-based education program for new parents to raise their awareness of the important early signs of paediatric eye disease.

Prof Hugh R. Taylor – Indigenous Eye Health


Melbourne Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor is the Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne. He was Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne and the Founding Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia from 1990 to 2007. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with joint appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and International Health.

Professor Taylor’s current work focuses on Aboriginal eye health. He has led the efforts to eliminate trachoma in Australia and developed “The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision”, a blueprint to provide sustainable eye-­care services to Indigenous Australians. He has worked with WHO in different roles for over 30 years.

He has written 36 books and reports and more than 700 scientific papers. He has received multiple international awards and prizes and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2001, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia.

He is the President of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Deputy Chairman of Vision 2020 Australia and was Vice President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

A/Prof Clare Fraser – Neuro-ophthalmology


Dr Clare Fraser trained at Sydney Eye Hospital, and did fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK) and Emory Eye Center (Atlanta, USA). She has specialised in neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus and visual electrodiagnostics.

She is a consultant Visiting Medical Officer at both Sydney Eye Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital, and is also in private practice in Sydney. At the University of Sydney, she holds the title of Associate Professor of Neuro-ophthalmology.

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