Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg

Head, Global Myopia Centre, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Myopia, Refractive Error, Control of Myopia with Optical and Pharmaceutical Strategies, Epidemiology, Contact lenses, Contact lens adverse events.

Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg is Head of the Global Myopia Centre as well as Head, Myopia Program, Head, Intellectual Property at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Conjoint professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, Sydney, Australia.

She serves as an Advisory Board Member and chief contributor for Review of Myopia Management, an online digital resource devoted to myopia as well as the International Myopia Institute.

Professor Sankaridurg participated as an expert at the WHO-BHVI global meeting of myopia, 2015 and is also a member of the Interventions and Harmonization Committee, International Myopia Institute.

Recently, Vision Monday named her as one of the “Women of Influence in Optical Industry Innovator section” for 2018. Professor Sankaridurg has published extensively, is a co-inventor on many patents/applications and actively supervises higher degree students. In addition to actively involved in myopia research, Professor Sankaridurg has an interest in Intellectual property.


Dr. Anthea Burnett


Areas of Expertise: Equity in eye care, child eye health, epidemiology of vision impairment and the synthesis of evidence for researchers, policy makers and service providers.


“With the impending rise of myopia, I hope my contributions will help to make preventative services accessible, regardless of location, financial status, gender or race. I am proud of the work I do at the Brien Holden Vision Institute because we focus on providing vision for everyone, everywhere.” Dr. Anthea Burnett



Pamela Capaldi

AAS, BSc, Masters of Nonprofit Management, FAAO

Areas of Expertise: Managing Editor - Global Myopia Centre, Not-for-profit sector, Optometric Technician Education, Professional and Educational Services.


“I have been fortunate to work with this amazing group of eye care experts, including Professor Holden, for a number of years.  So much has been accomplished in that time by our hard-working group of dedicated researchers, scientists and philanthropists.  What is most motivating to me is how there seems no challenge too large.  The Brien Holden Vision Institute tackles the big questions for the profession, making significant contributions.  Myopia is the next big thing to take on.  I am proud to be a part of this group to tackle it, head-on.”  Pamela Capaldi, FAAO


Dr. Fabian Conrad


Areas of Expertise: Lens Design and Optics, Instrument and Algorithm Development, Technology Transfer from R&D to Manufacturing.


“I am very interested in researching myopia because I really do think that we can make a difference to both, public health and the life of the individual, by lowering the levels and prevalence of myopia into the future. If we can avoid most or all children from reaching pathologically high levels of myopia, we will greatly increase their productivity and quality of life. I hope my contributions to the field will see the launch of safe and effective products to treat myopia into the marketplace. I am also very interested in data collection and processing algorithms aiding in our understanding of myopia as well as patient tools to demonstrate risks and benefits to our patients.” Dr. Fabian Conrad


Dr. Klaus Ehrmann

BEng MSc PhD

Areas of Expertise: Developing Innovative Methods for Contact Lens and Vision Related Measurements


“There is no cure for myopia, only prevention. Treatment and intervention must start at a very early age, so it is imperative that only safe and thoroughly tested products and methods make it onto the market. Our team has been working very hard to ensure that every child receives the best possible advice and treatment options so that they can see clearly into the future.” Dr. Klaus Ehrmann


Tim Fricke

BOptom, GCertOcThera, GDip International Development, MSc

Areas of Expertise: Binocular Vision, Paediatric Eye Care, Epidemiology and Health Economics of Blindness and Blindness Prevention


“The rise of myopia presents multiple challenges and opportunities to local and global ophthalmic communities. These include extending care to the significant number of people who are currently vision impaired because they are unable to access care, the massive growth in the number of people who will need eye care and the increasing complexity of care that will be required. I hope my contributions to the field will facilitate delivery of the best evidence-based prevention of myopia, slowing myopia progress in individuals, and dealing with the complications of high myopia.” Dr. Tim Fricke


Professor Arthur Ho


Areas of Expertise: Myopia and Presbyopia, Implementation of Technology in Vision Correction.


“Why am I involved in myopia research? I should admit I have a personal angle. Having worn glasses since I was five, and more recently experiencing some of the symptoms of ocular conditions associated with high myopia, I can say, I get it. But this is also reality to billions of myopes around the world, and increasingly so. Something must be done to curb this epidemic. So I am proud to be part of the Brien Holden Vision Institute team working to manage myopia.” Professor Arthur Ho



Dr. Monica Jong

B. Optom, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Clinical trials, Imaging


"I am proud of the work I do at the Brien Holden Vision Institute because the overall purpose of our work is to be able to provide solutions that address refractive error, if people cannot access this, they cannot work, cannot study or go about their daily living and is a major contributor of poverty.” Dr. Monica Jong


Wayne Li

Areas of Expertise: Wayne Li is the statistician at Brien Holden Vision Institute China site.


“With the explosion of data, I think the key for better manage and prevention of myopia is to understand more about the parameters of eye and changes of living habits that could affect the refractive error. I am passionate about what I do at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, which makes this possible by conducting clinical trials and cooperative studies with global partners to collect and manage data of various sources and dimensions.” Wayne Li


Thomas J Naduvilath

MSc (Biostatistics), PhD

Areas of Expertise: Statistical Modelling of Myopia Progression, Prevalence, Ocular comfort and Adverse Events


“With the global rise in myopia, especially among children, I hope my contributions using data sciences in this growing field of myopia will assist in identifying individuals at risk and factors that would lead to newer treatments and prevention strategies for myopia progression.” Dr. Thomas John Naduvilath



Dr. Krupa Philip

BS Optometry, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Myopia Genesis and Progression, Optics of the Human Eye, Optical Aberrations, Myopia Control and Retinal Imaging.


“I was always intrigued by the eye’s optics and this curiosity led me into researching myopia. Myopia has become a global epidemic and it significantly deteriorates the vision of affected individuals. I hope that the work I do in myopia research at the Brien Holden Vision Institute will help in reducing myopia development and progression. “ Dr. Krupa Philip



Professor Serge Resnikoff


Areas of Expertise: Public Health and Advocacy, Chair for the International Myopia Institute (IMI)


“I value my work with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the IMI as it affords me the opportunity to address the most important global public health challenge in eye care: the escalating rise in myopia and especially high myopia, everywhere around the world. It is time to act now. The work undertaken by the Brien Holden Vision Institute is an opportunity to join efforts to reverse the trend.” Professor Serge Resnikoff


Jennifer Sha

BOptom, BSc (Hons)

Areas of Expertise: Contact lens correction in presbyopia and myopia.


“I believe myopia research is extremely important as myopia is becoming a significant public health issue that impacts individuals’ quality of life. I developed myopia as a child which progressed through my school years, so I personally understand its effects and hope we can continue to improve outcomes in the future.” Jennifer Sha



Daniel Tilia

BOptom(Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher, FBCLA, FAAO

Areas of Expertise: Contact lenses for presbyopic correction and myopia treatment, risk factors for myopia and reduction of contact lens dissatisfaction associated with binocular vision disorders.


“With the impending rise of myopia, I hope my contributions to the field will raise awareness of the problem amongst eye care practitioners and spur them to obtain the expertise and confidence to combat this problem.” Daniel Tilia


Yvette Waddell


Areas of Expertise: Business Development, Finance, Governance and Risk Functions.  CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Ltd and Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation.


“We are delighted to launch the new Global Myopia Centre to the eye care profession – and the community – during Myopia Awareness Week 2019. We are delivering the most critical knowledge in myopia research, practitioner training and technology through a refreshed platform, to better assist optometrists operating in – or looking to move into – managing myopia in practice.” Yvette Waddell, CEO Brien Holden Vision Institute



Rebecca Yan Shun Weng

BOptom (Hons), GradCert OcTher, GradDip I&T, NAATI (Translator English/Chinese)

Areas of Expertise: Myopia, Contact Lenses, Clinical Trial and Partnership Engagement


“I am passionate about the work I am doing in myopia management because it has provided me with opportunities to work with top tier researchers in this fascinating field. It would be a wonderful thing if we can improve the myopia management continuously with the updates of new findings in the field, knowing that we can make a difference to the affected individual of this condition, in particular stopping them progressing to high myopia makes all the hard work worthwhile.” Rebecca Yan Shun Weng

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