Speakers 2017-11-17T09:28:10+00:00


Prof Robyn Guymer

Centre for Eye Research Australia

Sir Norman Gregg Lecture

Robyn Guymer is Professor of Ophthalmology at Melbourne University and 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. She is on several pharmaceutical advisory boards and is part of the Mactel consortium, the Beckman/Ryan AMD initiative (USA) and the International classification of Atrophy group. She was part of the scientific leadership group of Bionic Vision Australia. She is currently investigating new strategies for treating early stages of AMD with a nanosecond laser and is working to identify novel imaging and functional biomarkers and surrogate endpoints to improve the feasibility of conducting early intervention trials. She is a member of the Macular society and an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Guymer was awarded the NHMRC’s 2016 Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship for the top ranked female research fellowship in clinical medicine.

Marlene Moster

Dr Marlene Moster

Wills Eye Hospital

Glaucoma Update Lecture

Marlene Moster MD is an attending glaucoma surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her research interests include pharmacologic advancements in the treatment of glaucoma and surgical interventions to minimize risk and improve outcomes of glaucoma surgery, with particular interest in newer devices.

Dr Moster has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications, many chapters in ophthalmology textbooks and has edited a book on Anesthesia in Ophthalmology.

She is committed to teaching and has trained hundreds of residents and 109 clinical fellows. She has served on the Glaucoma day committee for ASCRS and the board of the American Glaucoma Society.

Dr Moster has been listed in Best Doctors in America and “Top Doctors” in the Philadelphia area for many years.   She has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on surgical and medical treatment of glaucoma, including named lectures at the AGS and ASCRS.

Dr Bradley Randleman

University of Southern California 

Cornea Update Lecture

Bradley Randleman, MD, is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director of the Cornea & Refractive Surgery Service at the USC Roski Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California. A widely respected cornea specialist, his areas of expertise include: corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures including LASIK and premium laser-assisted cataract and IOL surgery, complicated cataract surgery, and the management of corneal ectatic disorders.

His primary research focuses on identification and management of corneal ectatic diseases including keratoconus and postoperative ectasia after LASIK, and the avoidance, diagnosis, and management of refractive surgical complications.

Dr. Randleman received his BA degree from Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City, his M.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in his junior year, followed by his Ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Randleman joined the Emory faculty and served as Assistant Residency Director for two years while also completing a fellowship in Cornea/External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Emory University.  He served as Director of the Emory Corneal Fellowship program until taking over as Director of the Cornea Service in 2010, and was named the Hughes Professor of Ophthalmology in 2016.

Dr. Randleman has been awarded the Claus Dohlman Fellow Award, the inaugural Binkhorst Young Ophthalmologist Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Kritzinger Memorial Award, Founder’s Award, and the Inaugural Recognition Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the Secretariat Award, Achievement Award, and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Randleman has served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Refractive Surgery since 2011.  He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in leading ophthalmology journals in addition to 30 book chapters on refractive surgery evaluation, corneal cross-linking, and management of complications with IOLs, and has authored four textbooks, Collagen Cross-Linking and Corneal Cross-Linking 2nd Edition, which he co-edited on Farhad Hafezi, MD, PhD, Refractive Surgery: An Interactive Case-Based Approach, and Intraocular Lens Surgery: Selection, Complications, and Complex Cases.

Dr Ramin Salouti

Salouti Eye Clinic

Cataract Update Lecture

Dr. Ramin Salouti was appointed a Professor of Ophthalmology in 1994 at Shiraz University of Medical Science, and now is head of Cataract, Cornea, and Refractive Surgery Department of Shiraz University of medical sciences. He is founder and chief of the Ordibehesht Femtosecond and Refractive Surgery Department.

He founded the Salouti Eye Clinic in 2004. Dr. Salouti earned his MD from Shiraz University, where he was honored as the top medical student in Iran, and placed First in the Iranian ophthalmology board examination. His corneal fellowship was completed at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and also in Melbourne (Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital). He  achieved first place in ICO examinations in the world. He spent a year working in Melbourne as a corneal Fellow in 2002-2003. He has addressed many clinical research issues in Keratoconus, corneal dystrophy, corneal infection, corneal imaging, corneal biomechanics, refractive surgery, biometry, and phakic IOLs.

Dr Salouti is a pioneer in the  field of Phacoemulsication and corneal surgery and has trained many ophthalmologists and corneal fellow to . His clinical practice interests include DALK, performing thousands of surgeries since 2002. Since 2010 he did several hundred cases of Femto-enable DALK.

Giovanni Staurenghi

Prof Giovanni Staurenghi

Retina Update Lecture

Giovanni Staurenghi is currently professor of ophthalmology, chair of the University Eye Clinic and director of the University Eye Clinic Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences “Luigi Sacco” at Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan, Italy and director of Residency Program at the same University. He was awarded his degree at the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1986, and completed his residency at the University of Milan in 1990. He was a research fellow at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from 1991 to 1992 and visiting scientist at the same institute from 1992 to 1993. He became associate professor in 1999 and was promoted to full professor in 2007.

Professor Staurenghi is a scientific advisor of the Digital Angiography Reading Center and visiting professor and consultant for the Belfast Ophthalmic Reading Center at the Central Angiographic Resource Facility. He is also a member of the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Retina, American Journal of Cases, and acts as a reviewer for many international scientific journals.  He is silver fellow of ARVO, fellow of European Board of Ophtahlmology and Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Professor Staurenghi’s research, publications and lectures have an important bearing on retinal diseases; in particular, his work is focused on different types of imaging and treatment. He was awarded with the Coscas medal, and give name lectures such as Junius Kuhnt lecture and the Heinrich Müller lecture. He has been a member of ARVO since 1988, the Macula Society since 2004, the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society since 2006, and the AAO since 2007. He was part of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for ARVO from 2008 to 2010.

A/Prof Angus Turner

Lions Outback Vision/ Lions Eye Institute

Fred Hollows Lecture

Angus Turner is the founding Director of Lions Outback Vision, based at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) in Perth, Western Australia. He completed medical training at the University of Western Australia, before studying at Oxford University and completing a Masters of Evidence Based Medicine. He underwent Ophthalmology training in Melbourne.

Lions Outback Vision provides eye health services throughout Western Australia to rural and remote areas and Indigenous communities in urban locations. He is an Associate Professor at UWA, a consultant at Fremantle Hospital and an ophthalmology lecturer for the Rural Clinical School WA.

Dr Russell Van Gelder

UW Medicine Eye Institute

Dame Ida Mann Lecture

Uveitis Update Lecture

Dr. Van Gelder M.D., Ph.D. was born and raised in and around New York City. He earned his BS, MD, and PhD degrees from Stanford University.  Dr. Van Gelder completed his ophthalmology residency and uveitis and medical retina fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.  He remained on faculty at Washington University from 1999 until 2007, serving as Residency Program Director and Director of the Uveitis Service.

Dr. Van Gelder is an active clinician-scientist and teacher. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1999. His laboratory has been at the forefront of two fields, non-visual photoreception and pathogen detection in uveitis.  As a graduate student, he developed the amplified RNA technique used in almost all gene expression profiling experiments.  In the field of non-visual photoreception, his laboratory has made a number of seminal discoveries.  The Van Gelder laboratory developed assays allowing characterization of the photoreceptive properties of cryptochrome proteins; helped establish the importance of melanopsin in non-visual photoreception; was first to demonstrate multiple physiologic subtypes of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells; established that that the melanopsin photocycle is distinct from that of rods and cones; and most recently demonstrated the presence of a novel photoreceptive pathway in the retina utilizing the orphan opsin neuropsin.  His laboratory has also been at the forefront of optochemical approaches to vision restoration.  In the area of uveitis, his laboratory pioneered application of multiplex and real-time PCR to ocular pathogen detection; developed the Biome Representational in Silico Karyotyping (BRiSK) methodology for representational deep DNA sequencing; performed the definitive characterization of the ocular surface microbiome; and discovered that torque teno virus is a highly prevalent on the ocular surface and found in the vitreous in culture-negative endophthalmitis.

He has published over 150 papers and book chapters.  Dr. Van Gelder has won numerous awards for his research, including the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, the Translational Scientist Award of the Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation, the Heed-Gutman award of the Heed Foundation, and an ‘Audacious Goals’ award of the National Eye Institute.  He is the 2017 recipient of the Bressler Prize of the Lighthouse Guild.  He has given over 20 named lectures and over 100 invited talks.

Dr. Van Gelder is Associate Editor of IOVS and serves on the editorial board of Ophthalmology.  Nationally, he served in 2015 as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, having previously served as chair of the AAO Council.  He currently serves on the National Advisory Eye Council of the NEI.  He is also past president of the American Uveitis Society and President Elect of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

Prior to moving to University of Washington, he held the Bernard Becker Professorship at Washington University.  Since 2008, Dr. Van Gelder has been the Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Chair, professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Washington in Seattle, where he also serves as founding director of both the UW Medicine Eye Institute and the University of Washington Vision Science Center.   He lives near Seattle Washington with his wife Suzy, a professor of pathology at UW.  They have two children, a daughter in college and son in high school.

Prof Stephanie Watson

Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney

Council Lecture

Professor Stephanie Watson is corneal and cataract surgeon with appointments at Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney and Sydney Eye, Prince of Wales, and Sydney Children’s Hospitals. She is in practice in Bondi Junction. Prof Watson leads a research program focused on innovative solutions to restore sight and promote eye health, and trains the next generation of eye care workers and researchers.

Prof Watson is recognised internationally for her ground-breaking corneal therapies; including a world-first stem cell transplantation technique. She has over 135 publications and has given over 150 presentations nationally and internationally. Her career has been supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

As Chair of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia; Chair, Public Health Committee Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists; and Editor, Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group UK she contributes to policy development. Prof Watson was selected by the University of Sydney for the Chief Executive Women leaders programme and has completed the ARVO Leadership development programme for Women. She is a member of the ARVO, Advocacy and Outreach Committee. ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Awards received include first prize on the Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program, Pride of Australia nomination, UNSW Early stage innovation award finalist, Gustav Nossal NHMRC scholarship – awarded to the highest ranked applicant, and the ‘Les is more’ grand final and people’s choice award on The New Inventors.

We trust that the scientific and social programs of the Congress will provide all that you need to make RANZCO’s 50th annual meeting enjoyable and satisfying.