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Inaugural Brien Holden Lecture Series

The Institute of Eye Research (IER) has announced the first Brien Holden Lecture Series, named to honour the work of Professor Brien Holden and his more than 30 years of dedicated service to eye care education, research and development. In the last three decades, Professor Holden has inspired hundreds of graduates with his dedication to vision excellence and his entrepreneurial skills.

The lecture series will be held on Friday 26 March at the Scientia Building at the University of New South Wales in Kensington, Sydney and has attracted a prestigious line up of international speakers and local experts to discuss vision’s latest discoveries and shine a light on the pathway to eliminating avoidable blindness.

The introduction to the lecture series and opening speech will be delivered by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of NSW, Professor Fred Hilmer OAM.

Professor Mark Willcox, Chief Scientific Officer at IER, hopes the series will become an important platform to explore new territory in the areas of vision correction, ocular health and eye care. “

The series is a unique opportunity to learn about exciting new ideas from a broad spectrum of outstanding researchers in their fields”, he said.

The lecture series addresses the theme ‘Discovery, Translation and Public Good – Pathway to Eliminating Vision Impairment’. The day offers a glimpse into the future of eye care, the latest discoveries and the science behind vision correction and the opportunities for translation to commercial products.

Other renowned speakers include Professor Earl Smith III from the University of Houston; Global Head of Research & Development for CIBA VISION, Dr. Franck Leveiller; CEO of Adventus Technology (Australia), Ms Sylvie Franz; Professor Jian Ge, Director of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre at Sun Yat-Sen University, China; Professor Gullapalli (Nag) Rao, recent past President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness; Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor Kevin Frick; African Chair of the IAPB, Professor Kovin Naidoo and Australia’s leading authority on Aboriginal eye health, Professor Hugh Taylor.

Registration for the lecture series is free. To register go to: www.brienholdenlectureseries. net and fill in the registration form.