Scientific & Medical Advisors
Chairman of the department of ophthalmology, his main research interests include the pathogenesis, biomarkers and new therapies for macular and retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration. His major clinical interest is medical and surgical retina. A scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, he trained at the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Chicago/Pritzker School of Medicine, and passed a fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He co-founded the Priority Program AMD of the German Research Council (DFG) and founded the GRADE Reading Center Bonn to perform digital image analysis in multi-centre clinical natural history and interventional trials. He is a Board Member of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), and EURETINA, Member of the Club Jules Gonin, the European Academy of Ophthalmology (EAO), the Macula Society, the Gass Club, Editor-in-Chief of Der Ophthalmologe, and serves a reviewer for many peer reviewed journals. He has received numerous awards and has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is editor of several books on retinal diseases.
Dr Mahi Muqit PhD FRCOphth is a Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. He has subspecialist expertise in complex cataract surgery, medical retina, and vitreoretinal surgery. He works with Helen Keller International (HKI) focused on training and setting up diabetic eye screening programmes in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The UK research team is recipients of Seeing Is Believing Innovation Awards for new international online training systems in diabetic retinopathy. He is amember of the Diabetic Retinopathy Working Group International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB); a member of the Diabetic Eye Care committee for the ICO;and,Specialist Adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the Interventional Procedures Programme in the UK.
Prof. Andrea Cusumano is Research Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, APL Professor at the University of Bonn and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College of New York. As a vitreoretinal surgeon and expert in ultrastructural analysis, he is contributing to the implementation of innovative laser and surgical techniques as well as to the development of new therapies for the treatment of hereditary retinal diseases and AMD. He is also Founder and President of the Macula & Genoma Foundation Onlus.
In the Rotterdam Eye Hospital Jan van Meurs is director of the residency program, recently scientific advisor of the research institute, and in 2005 was appointed professor in Ophthalmology, specifically vitreoretinal surgery, at the Erasmus University. His research and experience in Ophthalmology spans across Australia, Indonesia, Curaçao, and USA. He has been involved in a cataract charity program and more recently a vitreoretinal cooperation program in Indonesia. Jan helps organizing the annual meeting of the Dutch Ophthalmological Society and is board member of EURETINA, and he was elected President in 2016. He combines clinical work with research interests in retinal detachments, PVR, pharmacokinetics, RPE-transplantation and endophthalmitis