Cornea And External Disease Interest Group South Africa

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CorneaSA, founded in 2015, offers like-minded Ophthalmologists a sub-speciality forum focusing on corneal and external disease. With many exciting plans for the future, the group aims to continually raise the bar in terms of corneal matters. The invited guest speaker will be an internationally recognized authority on corneal and external disease, be regarded as a pioneer and will have distinguished him- / herself as one who challenges conventional thinking. Furthermore, the individual will be held in high regard by his / her peers; to such an extent that all of us would be poorer had it not been for their significant contribution to the field.

Recipients of the lecture were:
2015 Mark A Terry MD (USA)
2017 Prof Harminder S Dua (UK)

Prof Harminder S Dua

MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FRCS(Edinburgh), FRCOphth., FEBO, FRCP(Edinburgh), FCOptom, MD, PhD. Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Nottingham, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.

He is currently member of the International steering committee of the second Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS II), Chair V of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and member of the American Ophthalmological Society. He is also Editor-in-chief of the Journal of EuCornea and Chairman of the Advisory committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

He has held International posts as President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK (2011-2014), Trustee Sightsavers International (2004-2012), President of EuCornea (2011-13), President of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER, 2008), President of EVER Foundation (2010-2014), Editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-2014), and Chairman of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (2013-2015).

He has more than 120 awards and accolades which include 35 eponymous and award lectures; The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for ‘Research project of the year’; the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013) and the Vice-chancellors medal (2016) amongst others. He has over 325 scientific publications, has supervised 45 post-graduate (PhD and MD) students and has been endowed with honorary life memberships of four international academic societies. One eponymous lecture, “The Dua Lecture” Birmingham, and a seminar room in the Nottingham post-graduate centre, “The Dua Room” have been named after him.