Leading vision researcher joins the University of Melbourne

February 15 / 152

Professor Mingguang He
Professor Mingguang He

Professor Mingguang He – widely regarded as a global leader in vision-related population health research – has joined the University of Melbourne, stepping into the role of Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology under the Research@Melbourne Accelerator Program (R@MAP).

Welcoming his arrival, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research Professor James McCluskey said strategic appointments such as Professor He's, which will strengthen the University’s research program, were at the core of R@MAP.
“We are aiming to attract world leaders in targeted research fields from around the globe to Melbourne. They bring with them their knowledge, experience and access to new networks,” he said.
Professor He comes to the University of Melbourne from China's leading advanced eye care centre, the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre in Guangzhou, where he was Associate Director. His work in China has been vital to identifying risk factors and effective treatment for glaucoma, myopia and retinal diseases.
The Professor will join Australia’s leading ophthalmic research group, a collaboration between the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).
“We are lucky to live in an era where big data and better technology is becoming available. This requires a different mindset, and range of knowledge and skills," Professor He said.
"An effective collaboration, bringing the expertise and the data together from Australia, China and elsewhere will help find some new solutions that would have never been possible before."
Professor Stephen Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, also welcomed Professor He's appointment as an important addition to the University.
“Professor He will add significant new strength to our capability in eye research and open pathways for more collaborative opportunities, especially in China,” he said.
Professor He has published more than 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, presented more than 30 invited lectures at international conferences and serves as an editorial board member for a number of international ophthalmic journals.
He undertook his medical training in China and the US, holds a masters degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a PhD in ophthalmology from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

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