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The prestigious College eponymous lectures will be presented by Professor David Williams (USA) who will deliver the Edridge Green Lecture, and Professor Phil Murray (Birmingham, UK), delivering the Duke Elder Lecture.

The fifth Optic UK Lecture will be delivered by Dr Gerrit Melles (Netherlands), celebrating the collaboration between the College and Optic UK.

The scientific programme spans sub-specialities, and will be contributed to by renowned international speakers from different locations in support of our talented UK faculty.

We look forward to welcoming an excellent faculty of international speakers at our 2013 Congress

  Professor Dimitri Azar
Dimitri Azar is Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds the B.A. Field Chair in ophthalmologic research, and is Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, Bioengineering and Pharmacology.

Dr. Azar joined the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2006, as Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences after serving as tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Cornea Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Senior Scientist at the Schepens Eye Institute, and as faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Azar has been named one of The Best Doctors in America® and/or one of the Castle Connolly regional Top Doctors in America annually since 1994. He is a leader in basic science and clinically related vision research, making significant contributions to the treatment of corneal diseases and to advances in refractive surgery through mathematical analyses and applications of advanced optics. His basic science research on matrix metalloproteinases in corneal wound healing and angiogenesis has been continually funded by the National Eye Institute R01 award since 1993.

  Professor Graham Quinn
Graham Quinn is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and an Attending Surgeon and the Director of research for the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

He participated as a member of the Executive Committee and Editorial Committee of the CRYO-ROP Study, as PI of the Philadelphia Center in both CRYO-ROP and the ETROP trial, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Vision in Preschoolers study.

He is currently Study Chair and PI of the NEI-funded “Telemedicine approaches to evaluating acute-phase ROP” study that is designed to evaluate validity, reliability, feasibility, safety, and cost-effectiveness of a telemedicine system to detect eyes of at-risk babies in need of a diagnostic exam by an ophthalmologist experienced in ROP. He has been actively involved with international ROP work for many years and served as a member of the committees that produced the International Classification of ROP.

  Dr Jerry Shields
Jerry Shields is director of the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology Thomas Jefferson University. He was a resident at Wills Eye Hospital and completed fellowships in ophthalmic pathology and retinal surgery.

For more than 30 years, he has been active in the care of patients with ocular tumours and in clinical research related to tumours of the eyelids, conjunctiva, intraocular structures, and orbit. He has given 1500 national and international lectures, including 69 named lectures.

He has also received 28 national and international academic awards for his contributions. Dr. Shields is married to Dr. Carol Shields also practices on the Oncology Service of Wills Eye Institute and has made many similar contributions. They have 7 children ranging from ages 24 to 12 years of age.

  Dr Carol Shields
Dr. Carol Shields completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1987 and subsequently did fellowship training in ocular oncology, oculoplastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology.

She is currently Co-Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She has authored or coauthored 9 textbooks, over 1000 articles in major journals, nearly 300 textbook chapters, given nearly 600 lectureships, and has received numerous professional awards.

Dr. Carol Shields is a member of numerous ocular oncology, pathology, and retina societies and has delivered 30 named lectures in America and abroad. She has been highly active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She practices ocular oncology on a full time basis with her husband, Dr. Jerry Shields and associates on the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and numerous other intraocular, orbital, and adnexal tumors from the United States and abroad.

  Professor Graham Lee
Associate Professor Graham Lee is from Brisbane, Australia. He originally completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1991 and this was followed by a Master of Medical Science in Ophthalmology in 1994.

He also gained Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology in 1999 and a Doctorate of Medicine in 2005. In 2000, he undertook a Glaucoma Fellowship at Birmingham and Midlands Eye Centre, Birmingham and in 2001 a Cataract, Cornea and Refractive Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Particular specialties include lamellar corneal grafting and advanced management of complex glaucoma. Awards include the Alcon/RACO Travelling Scholarship 2001, AUSCRS Film Festival 2001 and 2005 and the Pharmacia & Upjohn RACO Award 1998.

He has an active interest in Ophthalmic teaching having presented more than 200 lectures at local, national and international levels as well as more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He has lectured and demonstrated surgery in developing countries such as Cambodia and Nepal and is a chief examiner for the Cambodian Diploma in Ophthalmology program. His current appointment includes Director of Cornea and Glaucoma Services, Chairman of Qualifications and Education in the state of Queensland and holds the academic title of Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Queensland.