About this event

  • Date and time Thu 11 Mar 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

Join us on this webinar to explore international new concepts in cornea and ocular surface disease and how these can be widely applied to patients across eye departments.

We will hear from expert internationally renowned speakers who have trained in the UK and developed their experience abroad. They will discuss topics in cornea and ocular surface disease that are evidence-based for specific diseases, but are also widely applicable to a variety of conditions.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand principles of ocular surface disease and healing that are widely applicable
  • Develop insights into new approaches to the management of corneal and ocular surface problems
  • Appreciate an international perspective on the management of ocular surface disease

The webinar will interest all ophthalmologists across the specialty as well as those with a particular interest in the field.

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Key speakers

Jeremy Hoffman

Dr Jeremy Hoffman

Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Speaker's biography

Dr Jeremy Hoffman is a Clinical Research Fellow based at the International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a member of the research team led by Professor Matthew Burton, working to improve eye health in low and middle-income countries. He is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the treatment for fungal keratitis, involving managing multi-national trials in Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda. Dr Hoffman is an Ophthalmology Specialist Registrar with appointments at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Imperial College Hospitals in London. His clinical interests include external eye diseases and anterior segment surgery. Dr Hoffman graduated from University College London Medical School in 2010 before undertaking ophthalmology specialist training in North London, working at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and the Western Eye Hospital. He has a passion for international eye health. He undertook the LSHTM East African Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2012 and subsequently spent time practicing in rural KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa before returning to clinical training in the UK. He is currently living and working in Tanzania, where he is running a clinical trial based at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi.

Gerard Sutton

Professor Gerard Sutton

Professor Gerard Sutton, Professor University of Sydney

Speaker's biography

Professor Gerard Sutton holds the Douglas & Lola Douglas Chair in Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health at Sydney University. Despite the lengthy title he could best be described as an inquisitive surgeon rather than a career academic. He completed his ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital, before fellowship training in corneal, cataract and refractive surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital, St Thomas Hospital & Moorfields Hospital in London and the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. He was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine at Auckland University in 2009.

Professor Sutton is regarded internationally as an expert in cataract, refractive and corneal transplant surgery and is in private practice Vision Eye Institute, Chatswood.

He is involved in clinical and translational research in modern cataract & refractive surgery and has introduced many new surgical techniques to Australia. He also currently directs The Australian Corneal Bioengineering Program at the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital where he is also the Medical Director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank. He has published over 100 papers and textbook chapters and given over 100 invited lectures locally and internationally.

Career highlights and appointments include; Chief Ophthalmologist Sydney Olympics 2000, Council of Asia Cornea Society 2009, establishment of the 1st ever degree in Refractive Surgery at Sydney University 2010, International Independent Publishing Award for “The Naked Eye” (co-authored) 2014, International Delphi Panel on Keratoconus 2014, APAO Achievement Award 2015, Lions International Achievement Award 2015, Visiting Professor LV Prasad India 2015, Fellow of the Asia Pacific Academy of Professors of Ophthalmology 2015, RANZCO Council Lecture 2016. 

He is also a visiting professorial fellow in University of Wollongong. In 2018 he was awarded over 1M grant and the inaugural Sydney Research Innovation award for the iFixPen. He also was awarded two Gold Medals at the World Cataract Olympics at the World Ophthalmology Conference in Barcelona. In 2019 he delivered the Inaugural RANZCO New Zealand John Parr Medal Lecture in Auckland.

Professor Sutton has also established a Corneal & Eye Bank Programme in Myanmar and is the Co-Chair of an International Advisory Committee to establish a similar programme in Cambodia.

Jod Mehta

Professor Jod Mehta

Head of Cornea and Ext Disease, Singapore National Eye Centre
Speaker's biography

Professor Jod S Mehta, Distinguished Professor, Duke-NUS, SNEC, is Head of the Corneal Service Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC), Head of the Tissue Engineering and Cell therapy group at the Singapore Eye Research Institute, and Professor at DUKE-NUS Medical School. He is a named Professor of Clinical Innovation at SNEC/SERI, Director of Education at Singhealth Transplant and Deputy Executive Director at SERI, and the Deputy Head SD Cell Therapy centre. Professor Mehta has published over 410 peer-reviewed papers and 21 book chapters. He has given over 250 invited plenary, symposium, and named lectures globally with over 52 national and international awards. His research work has generated 15 patents, five of which have been licensed to companies. Has trained 26 international fellows, 5 masters students and 8 PhD students. He leads a clinical service and runs a research program comprising of clinical and translational studies. His work is focused on corneal transplantation, femtosecond laser technology, corneal imaging, corneal infections, corneal refractive surgery, keratoprosthetics surgery, and corneal genetics.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Miss Melanie Corbett and Miss Emma Hollick

Fungal keratitis: varieties of presentation and management options

Mr Jeremy Hoffman, Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Questions and answers
Corneal engineering and corneal biotherapies

Professor Gerard Sutton, University of Sydney

Questions and answers
Corneal endothelial cell therapy: The next evolution

Professor Jod Mehta, Head of Cornea and External Disease, Singapore National Eye Centre

Questions and answers
Panel discussion
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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