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BCLA award for discoverer of Duas layer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The discoverer of the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer), Professor Harminder Dua, was presented with the 11th BCLA Pioneers Lecture Award at the inaugural BCLA Pioneers & Visionaries Conference in London on 17 November.
The award was presented to Prof Duaby the president of the BCLA, Susan Bowers.
In his presentation, entitled ‘The novel pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer): its discovery, characterisation, clinical implications and surgical applications’, Professor Dua told delegates how the discovery of a distinct layer in the pre-Descemet’s stroma had considerably improved current understanding of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and endothelial keratoplasty, and had made DALK a safer procedure.
With regards to surgical applications, Professor Dua predicted that pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK) would replace Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) within the next few years.  ...read more

UTS launches its Graduate School of Health including orthoptics

Thursday, December 11, 2014


The head of the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney, Prof Charlie Benrimoj, officiated at the celebration of the launch of the GSH held in UTS’ Aerial Function Centre in early December.
Prof Benrimoj, whose own background is pharmacy, oversees a school encompassing five disciplines: Clinical Psychology, Orthoptics, Good Manufacturing Practice, Pharmacy, and Health Policy.  ...read more

New Westmead Millenium Institute Research Centre targets type 2 diabetes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research has announced the establishment of a new centre targeting Australia’s fastest-growing chronic health conditions – type 2 diabetes and obesity.
The Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research is part of WMI’s new $110 million research building, which was officially opened by the prime minister, Mr Tony Abbott, and the premier of New South Wales, Mr Mike Baird.
The CDOR complements existing research into type 1 diabetes by WMI’s Centre for Transplant and Renal Research, making the institute one of the foremost diabetes research centres in Australia.
The establishment of CDOR increases to 11 the number of research centres housed within WMI, confirming it as one of Australia’s most trans-disciplinary medical research institutes – its scientific investigation spanning infectious and immune diseases; cancer and leukemia; liver and metabolic diseases; eye and brain-related disorders and heart and respiratory diseases. ...read more

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