Tien Y Wong, PhD, FRCSEd, MMed, MPH, MBBS

            Dr. Tien Wong is professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and managing director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

            Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Dr. Wong completed medical school at the National University of Singapore and a clinical ophthalmology residency at the Singapore National Eye Centre. His post-graduate degrees, an MPH and PhD, were earned at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He also completed two post-doctoral research fellowships at Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

            His research with SADF support is focused on the concept that retinal vascular imaging may predict risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and ischemic heart disease. He presented “Retinal Arteriolar Narrowing and Risk of Hypertension” at the SADF Research Colloquium in 2008.

            He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, including first authored papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and numerous others. He has given more than 100 named, plenary and symposium lectures around the world.

            For his area of research, he has been recognized internationally and nationally with numerous awards, including the Woodward Medal from the University of Melbourne in 2005; the Alcon Research Institute Award, USA, 2006; the Novartis Young Investigator Prize in Diabetes, 2006; the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, Australia, 2006; and the Australian Society of Medical Research AMGEN Medical Research of the Year Award, 2007, for outstanding contribution to translational research in Australia.

            Dr. Wong resides in Melbourne with his wife and two children. He enjoys traveling, movies, reading and swimming.

Email: twong@unimelb.edu.au

Website: www.cera.org.au/

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