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Contributors

  • Robert D. Fechtner, MD

    Robert D. Fechtner, MD is Professor and Director of the Glaucoma Division at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark where he also chairs the Institutional Review Board for human subject studies.

    Dr. Fechtner is the Executive Vice President of the World Glaucoma Association. He is an active member of numerous organizations including the New Jersey Glaucoma Society, the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has served on the editorial boards of American Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, Review of Ophthalmology, and Video Journal of Ophthalmology. He has published over 100 articles, book chapters and monographs and is the associate editor of the Textbook of Ocular Pharmacology.

  • Franz Grehn

    Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Franz Grehn. 

    Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University Würzburg, Germany

  • Neeru Gupta

    Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCSC, DABO

    Affiliation: Professor and Dorothy Pitts Chair of Ophthalmology and Vision Science; Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto; Keenan Research Center, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital.

    Areas of Interest: Glaucoma, central nervous system, lymphatic outflow, basic and clinical research to understand and prevent vision loss in glaucoma.

    Leadership Positions: President, Canadian Glaucoma Society; Chief of Glaucoma, University of Toronto, Director, Glaucoma Research Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute; Advisory Council Member to International Council of Ophthalmology; Chair, Glaucoma Fellowship Curriculum, International Council of Ophthalmology; Board of Directors and Chair, Program Committee of the American Glaucoma Society; Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Glaucoma Research Society of Canada; Scientific Advisory Board Member of the Glaucoma Foundation; Editorial Board, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Editor, Vision Science Section, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology; Appointment Committee of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.

    Special Honors: American Academy of Ophthalmology LDP Award (2012); Co-Founder, Human Eye Biobank for Research, Canada (2012); New York Academy of Medicine Lewis Rudin Award (2010), Award of Excellence, Glaucoma Research Society of Canada (2009)

  • Jonathan Crowston

    Jonathan Crowston, PhD, BSc, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRANZCO

    Affiliation: Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne, Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and a practising glaucoma specialist clinician at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

    Areas of Interest: Ageing and neuroprotection of the optic nerve; The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in optic nerve vulnerability to injury.

    Leadership Position: He has published over 115 peer-reviewed manuscripts and co-authored three books. He is an NHMRC Practitioner-Fellow and has received a number of awards for his research and recently gained the RANZCO College of Ophthalmologists Excellence in Teaching Award

  • S. Fabian Lerner, MD

    Affiliation: Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Section at the Postgraduate Department, University Favaloro School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Consultant at the glaucoma service of the Hospital Oftalmologico Nuestra Señora de la Medalla Milagrosa, in Buenos Aires.

    Areas of interest: Glaucoma surgery, clinical aspects of glaucoma, oxidative stress and glaucoma.

    Leadership positions: President, Argentina Society of Ophthalmology. President, Pan-American Glaucoma Society. Past-President, Argentina Glaucoma Society. President, Fundacion para el Estudio del Glaucoma. Member of the Board of Governors, World Glaucoma Association. Program Co-Chair for the World Glaucoma Congress. Medical Editor, Ocular Surgery News Latin American Edition. Has published in several peer-review journals and contributed in 15 books.

    Special honors: Achievement Award by the AAO, Allergan Latin American Glaucoma Research Award, Argentina Academy of Medicine Award (twice); has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.

  • Tarek M. Shaarawy

    Tarek M. Shaarawy is the Head of the Glaucoma unit, and the Glaucoma surgery research group at the University of Geneva Hospitals. He obtained both his medical bachelor and Masters Degree in ophthalmology at the University of Cairo, and his Doctorate in Medicine degree from the University of Lausanne. He trained in ophthalmology at the Cairo Research Institute of Ophthalmology and completed two glaucoma fellowships at the Universities of Lausanne and Basel. He is currently the President of the International Society of Glaucoma surgery as well as the associate vice president of the World Glaucoma Association.
    His main research interests are surgical techniques of Glaucoma surgery, normal pressure glaucoma, and glaucoma patterns of practice in developed and developing countries. He is the author and editor of five text books on Glaucoma, and more than 100 book chapters and publications in peer reviewed journals. He serves on the editorial board of many ophthalmology journals, including the International Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of Glaucoma, the Canadian Journal of ophthalmology, and the Middle East African Journal of ophthalmology, The Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, among others. In addition to his glaucoma practice Tarek Shaarawy is active in a number of NGOs dealing with global prevention of blindness.

  • Roger Hitchings

    Roger Hitchings, FRCS, FRCOphth

    Affiliation: Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom; Professor Emeritus in Glaucoma and Allied studies at the University of London, United Kingdom

    Areas of Interest: As a glaucoma Optic nerve imaging; Visual field progression, Glaucoma surgery; Normal tension glaucoma

    Leadership Position: Former director of R+D at Moorfields Eye Hospital; Developed the glaucoma department at Moorfields Eye Hospital into the largest in the UK and one of the largest in the world. It now functions with ophthalmologists and scientists representing all aspects of sub-specialization in glaucoma. He has also carried out research into the effect of topically applied medications on the conjunctiva and the success of glaucoma surgery. He has authored and edited four books, 15 book chapters and over 200 peer-reviewed papers on glaucoma. Currently past president of the European Glaucoma Society, and Founder Member of the World Glaucoma Association (AIGS). As Director of R+D he had responsibility for establishing the Clinical Trials Unit and the associated Reading Centre. The latter has become one of the key centers for the evaluation of ophthalmic clinical trials in the UK. He was responsible for developing the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' 5 year Strategic Plan for Eye research which set out research goals in the specialty.

  • Ivan Goldberg

    Ivan Goldberg is Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Head, Glaucoma Unit, Sydney Eye Hospital and Director, Eye Associates, Sydney Australia. He has an active interest in patient care, teaching, clinical research and developing professional associations.
    Ivan is President of the Asia Pacific Glaucoma Society, the Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group and Glaucoma Australia. He is a Past President of the World Glaucoma Association and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and is an Active Member of the Glaucoma Research Society.
    Ivan has been honoured with an Order of Australia, with the International Scholar Award of the American Glaucoma Society, by the University of Sao Paulo and with honorary memberships of the Philippine and South African Glaucoma Societies.

  • Robert N. Weinreb, MD

    Robert N. Weinreb, MD, is a clinician, surgeon, and scientist. Dr. Weinreb graduated from Harvard Medical School, and is the Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego. He also holds the Morris Gleich Chair and is Director of both the Shiley Eye Center and the Hamilton Glaucoma Center. Dr. Weinreb’s innovative glaucoma research ranges from the front to the back of the eye and from the clinic to the laboratory. His work has significantly impacted our understanding of the pathophysiology and biology of glaucoma, as well as its diagnosis and management. He has served as resident of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), President of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA), and President of the American Glaucoma Society. A Founder of the World Glaucoma Association, he also has been the recipient of numerous prestigious prizes and awards. Dr. Weinreb has trained more than 120 post-doctoral Fellows in Glaucoma, many of whom hold distinguished academic positions throughout the world.

  • S.M. Drance, MD

    S.M. Drance, MD, FRCS

    Affiliation: Emeritus Professor, Ophthalmology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Areas of Interest: Glaucoma

    Leadership Position: Editor, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology; International Editor, American Journal of Ophthalmology

    Awards/Honors: Dr. Drance held many named lectures and received many awards

  • Rohit Varma, M.D., M.P.H.

    Rohit Varma, M.D., M.P.H. is the Professor and Chair at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and the Associate Dean for Strategic Planning at the UIC College of Medicine.

    Dr. Varma received his M.D. at the University of Delhi, India in 1986 and his M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore in 1989. He completed his residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and two glaucoma fellowships, one at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and another at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Varma served as a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Glaucoma Service, Ocular Epidemiology Center and the Clinical Trials Unit at the Doheny Eye Institute, USC. He is the principal investigator on two NIH-Funded community based studies: The Los Angeles Latino Eye Study and the Chinese American Eye Study and the Los Angeles site PI for the Advanced Imaging in Glaucoma Study. He is an expert in changes in the optic nerve in glaucoma and new imaging techniques in the early diagnosis of glaucomatous optic nerve damage. More recently, he has been involved in the development of novel implantable intraocular pressure sensors and drainage devices.

    With over 207 publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Varma has also edited two ophthalmic books. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Public Health Committee.

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