SPEAKERS

Dr Anthony Khawaja

Dr Anthony Khawaja
PhD FRCOphth

  • Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Honorary senior research associate, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London
  • Honorary senior visitor fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Honorary clinical lecturer, King’s College London

Lowe Lecture: Dr Anthony Khawaja

Dr Anthony Khawaja is a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK. Dr Khawaja’s completed the Wellcome Trust PhD program at the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Nick Day Prize. He was also awarded the Berkeley Fellowship, which allowed a research period at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Khawaja’s research interests are the genetic and environmental epidemiology of glaucoma, and the use of real-world data and routinely collected data to learn about disease processes and how to best care for patients.

Dr Khawaja is an active member of the international multidisciplinary consortia for eye diseases, including the International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium and the European Eye Epidemiology Consortium. He also established the Young Ophthalmologists section of the European Society of Ophthalmology and is director for the European Leadership Development Programme.

Other professional achievements include:

  • Duke Elder Prize (Royal College of Ophthalmologists)
  • Allen Goldsmith Prize in Ophthalmology (University College London)
  • AAO Secretariat Award for special contributions to ophthalmology internationally (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • AAO Achievement Award (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • Foulds Trophy (Royal College of Ophthalmologists)
  • Moorfields Research Medal (Moorfields Eye Hospital)
  • In 2017 ranked 8th by his peers in The Ophthalmologist’s Power List of the top 50 rising stars in ophthalmology
Dr Anthony Khawaja

Dr Anthony Khawaja
PhD FRCOphth

  • Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Honorary senior research associate, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London
  • Honorary senior visitor fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Honorary clinical lecturer, King’s College London

Lowe Lecture: Dr Anthony Khawaja

Dr Anthony Khawaja is a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK. Dr Khawaja’s completed the Wellcome Trust PhD program at the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Nick Day Prize. He was also awarded the Berkeley Fellowship, which allowed a research period at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Khawaja’s research interests are the genetic and environmental epidemiology of glaucoma, and the use of real-world data and routinely collected data to learn about disease processes and how to best care for patients.

Dr Khawaja is an active member of the international multidisciplinary consortia for eye diseases, including the International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium and the European Eye Epidemiology Consortium. He also established the Young Ophthalmologists section of the European Society of Ophthalmology and is director for the European Leadership Development Programme.

Other professional achievements include:

  • Duke Elder Prize (Royal College of Ophthalmologists)
  • Allen Goldsmith Prize in Ophthalmology (University College London)
  • AAO Secretariat Award for special contributions to ophthalmology internationally (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • AAO Achievement Award (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • Foulds Trophy (Royal College of Ophthalmologists)
  • Moorfields Research Medal (Moorfields Eye Hospital)
  • In 2017 ranked 8th by his peers in The Ophthalmologist’s Power List of the top 50 rising stars in ophthalmology
Prof Alex Hewitt

Professor Alex Hewitt
BMedSci(Hons), MBBS(Hons),
MMedSci, PhD, FRANZCO

  • Professor in Ophthalmology, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Hobart Eye Surgeons

Gillies Lecture: Professor Alex Hewitt

Professor Alex Hewitt is a clinician-scientist. He obtained his PhD investigating the molecular and phenotypic associations for open angle glaucoma from Flinders University of South Australia in 2009. Professor Hewitt completed his formal Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne in 2011, and the following year was the Novartis Research Fellow at the Lions Eye Institute and a WA Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy & Science. He was also awarded a Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Since 2011 Professor Hewitt has been a member of the research advisory panel of Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia and in 2012 became a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Arthritis Genomics Recruitment Initiative in Australasia (AGRIA). He has also participated in clinical outreach visits as part of the East Timor Eye Program. He is a member of the International Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology as well as an International member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.

Professor Hewitt has worked with major research projects including the Glaucoma Inheritance Study in Tasmania, the Norfolk Island Eye Study, the Twins Eye Study in Tasmania, the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma. He is part of the International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium, and the global Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia. Additionally, he has recently help establish independent research projects in China, Uganda, Nepal and Indonesia. Professor Hewitt has presented at over 50 National and International meetings.

Professor Hewitt has been involved with work relating to the identification of genes and risk variants in glaucoma and myopia, as well as quantitative traits such as central corneal thickness, optic nerve size and the retinal microvascular circulation. This work has resulted in publications in leading journals such as Nature Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics, PLoS Genetics and Ophthalmology. To date he has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Prof Alex Hewitt

Professor Alex Hewitt
BMedSci(Hons), MBBS(Hons),
MMedSci, PhD, FRANZCO

  • Professor in Ophthalmology, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Hobart Eye Surgeons

Gillies Lecture: Professor Alex Hewitt

Professor Alex Hewitt is a clinician-scientist. He obtained his PhD investigating the molecular and phenotypic associations for open angle glaucoma from Flinders University of South Australia in 2009. Professor Hewitt completed his formal Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne in 2011, and the following year was the Novartis Research Fellow at the Lions Eye Institute and a WA Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy & Science. He was also awarded a Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Since 2011 Professor Hewitt has been a member of the research advisory panel of Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia and in 2012 became a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Arthritis Genomics Recruitment Initiative in Australasia (AGRIA). He has also participated in clinical outreach visits as part of the East Timor Eye Program. He is a member of the International Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology as well as an International member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.

Professor Hewitt has worked with major research projects including the Glaucoma Inheritance Study in Tasmania, the Norfolk Island Eye Study, the Twins Eye Study in Tasmania, the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma. He is part of the International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium, and the global Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia. Additionally, he has recently help establish independent research projects in China, Uganda, Nepal and Indonesia. Professor Hewitt has presented at over 50 National and International meetings.

Professor Hewitt has been involved with work relating to the identification of genes and risk variants in glaucoma and myopia, as well as quantitative traits such as central corneal thickness, optic nerve size and the retinal microvascular circulation. This work has resulted in publications in leading journals such as Nature Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics, PLoS Genetics and Ophthalmology. To date he has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.