University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma
  • Ophthalmic genetics, in particular glaucoma
  • Set up and directed a leading research programme on glaucoma — specifically, glaucoma genetics and angle closure glaucoma — bringing international prominence to NUS
  • Established and leads multicentre international consortia on glaucoma genetics that have identified genes underlying the major forms
  • His team was the first in the world to discover the SLC4A11 gene responsible for congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy
  • Awarded more than $25 million in peer-reviewed grant funding
  • Outstanding ability to lead and bring together collaborators and investigators from many countries, forming international research consortia on a global level
  • Interrogates clinical research problems via a multidisciplinary approach with the help of basic scientists and engineers
  • Published more than 450 original papers including 15 papers in Nature Genetics and two papers in The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Achieved a Hirsch Index of 53, signifying high quality of research and impact
  • President and Member of the Board of Governors, World Glaucoma Association
  • Board member, Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society
  • Executive committee member, Asian Angle-Closure Glaucoma Club
  • Editorial board member for more than 10 leading journals, including Ophthalmology, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Eye and Journal of Glaucoma
  • Reviewer for leading peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals such as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica, PLOS-One and Eye
  • Presented more than 100 keynote, plenary and invited talks at prestigious international conferences worldwide
  • Identified by The Ophthalmologist, a British professional journal, as one of 100 most influential people in ophthalmology (2014)
  • Singapore Translational Research Investigator Award, National Medical Research Council, Singapore (2014)
  • Alcon Research Institute Award, Alcon Research Institute (2013)
  • De Campo Lecture Award, Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (2012)
  • President’s Science Award, Singapore (2009)
" To solve clinical problems with research in order to prevent blindness and visual loss. "