Scientific & Medical Advisory Board


The SMAB is composed of scientists nominated from each member organisations’ scientific & medical advisory boards.


Its purpose is to:

  • Help national research efforts to produce the best possible results through the exchange of information and co-operation
  • Inform and advise Retina International and national Retina International member societies in medical and research matters


Dr. José-Alain Sahel
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA Eye Hospital, Tübingen

Dr. Jacque Duncan
University of California San Francisco, USA



Dr. Rob Koenekoop
McGill University Health Centre, Canada


Dr. Rachel M. Huckfeldt
Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, USA





Prof. MD Erica Fletcher
University of Melbourne

Dr. Michael Kalloniatis
University of New South Wales, Sydney


Prof. Bart Leroy
Ghent University & Ghent University Hospital


Dr. Juliana Maria Sallum
Sao Paulo

Dr. Rosane Resende
Rio de Janeiro


MD, FRCSC Ophthalmologist  Elise Heon
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Dr. Michael Cayouette
Intitut de recherches cliniques de Montreal

MD PhD Robert S. Molday
University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Xia Xiaoping
Zhongshan University, Guangzhou


Dr. Eeva-Marja Sankila
Helsinki University Eye Hospital, Helsinki

Prof. Hannu Uusitalo
Tampere University


Prof. Helene Dolfus
Hôpital de Hauttepierre

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Audo
Hôpital Quinzevingt


Prof. Dr. Eberhart Zrenner
Universitätsaugenklinik Tübingen

Birgit Lorenz
Uniklinikum Giessen und Marburg GmbH


Ass. Prof. Miltiadis K. Tsilibaris
University of Crete

Dr. Palimeris Gerasimos
University of Athens

Hong Kong

MD Stephen T.S. Lam
Clinical Genetics Service, Dept. of Health, Kowloon

Prof. She-ping Yip
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon


Prof. Einar Stefansson
University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Prof. Kristinn P. Magnusson
University of Iceland, Reykjavik


Dr. S. Natarajan
Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai


Prof. Peter Humphries
Trinity College, Dublin

Mr. David Keegan
Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin


Prof. Francesca Simonelli
Universitâ Federico II, Napoli

Prof. Sandro Banfi
Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, Napoli


MD,PhD Shuichi Yamamoto
Chiba University School of medecine, Chiba

Dr. Akira Murakami
Jyuntendo University School of Medecine, Tokyo


Dr. Caroline Klaver
Afd. Oogheelkunde, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

Dr. Arthur A.B. Bergen
The Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute, Amsterdam

New Zealand

Rachel Barnes
University of Auckland

Assoc. Prof Andrea Vincent


MD, PhD. Cecilie Bredrup
Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

Ragnheidur Bragadóttir
Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo

Josephine Prener Holtan
Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo


Prof. Dr. M Shakaib Anwar
Islamabad, Pakistan

South Africa

Dr. Susan Williams
University of the Witwatersrand

Prof. Raj Ramesar
UCT Medical School, Cape Town


Prof. Nicolas Cuenca Navarro
Universidad de Alicante

Dr. Isabel Pinilla Lozano
Institudo Aragones de Ciencias de la Salud

MD. PhD.  Carmen Ayuso
University Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz


Prof. Sten Andréasson
University of Lund

Prof. Fredrik Ghosh
University of Lund


Prof. Christina Grimm
University of Zürich

Prof. Francis Munier
Clinique ophthalmique universitaire, Lausanne

United Kingdom

Prof. Susie Downes
University of Oxford

Prof. Carmel Toomes
University of Leeds

Prof. MD Michael Cheetham
University College London


Prof. Dr. Joe G. Hollyfield
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, USA

Prof. Gerald J. Chader
Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dr. Brian Mansfield
The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Owings Mills

MD. PhD. Eric Pierce
Harvard Medical School

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