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Global Health Vision Lecture Series
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Dr. Dennis Lam speaks on cataract blindness in China

Dr. Dennis Lam
Dr. Dennis Lam

On Wednesday, November 14, the Global Health Vision Lecture Series will feature Dr. Dennis Lam of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. The title of his presentation will be "Project Vision: A sustainable model in tackling cataract blindness in China and beyond." The lecture will be held at 12 p.m. in the Stone House Building (16A) on the NIH campus.

Dr. Lam will present on Project Vision, a charitable program with sustainable development in which local eye doctors are taught to perform cataract surgeries. Project Vision aims to establish 100 charity eye centers in poverty-stricken areas of China by the year 2020. Since 2004, 23 centers in 7 provinces have been established with over 80,000 cataract operations performed.

Dr. Lam is the honorary director of the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center (ZOC) of the Sun Yat-sen University and the director of ZOC's State Key Laboratory. He has served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from 1998 to 2011 and director of the Joint Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University and CUHK from 2003 to 2011. Dr. Lam is a physician scientist with over 500 published papers. Dr. Lam has been very active in international ophthalmology. He is currently the secretary-general and CEO of both the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Vitreoretina Society. He is a life member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, council member of the World Glaucoma Association, and of the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

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The Global Health Vision Lecture Series is sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the NIH Global Health Interest Group. The Fogarty International Center is also a sponsor of this and other previous and planned lectures. The series was created by the NEI Office of International Programs in 2012 to foster the global collaboration and exchange of information among international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists. Lessons learned from global health programs around the world and their applications to healthcare research in the United States are a focus of discussion in these lectures.

For information contact Linda Huss at or 301-496-5248.

Last Updated: November 2012

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