Key international research meetings resume face-to-face discussions for first time in two years

Professor David Mackey AO and Dr Gareth Lingham at the ARVO Annual Meeting on Denver, Colorado.


Since COVID hit the world in late 2019/early 2020, international face-to-face meetings for research groups have had to find digital ways to connect.

However in May 2022, Professor David Mackey AO and Dr Gareth Lingham from the Lions Eye Institute were able to attend the first face-to-face meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in two years.

Held in Denver, Colorado, the ARVO Annual Meeting is the premiere international gathering for eye and vision scientists at all career stages. This year’s theme Accelerating Discovery through Team Science focussed on how great challenges in vision science can be overcome by collaboration and free sharing of ideas within interdisciplinary teams.

Professor David Mackey is an internationally renowned researcher in the genetics of eye disease and has published over 400 peer reviewed papers since 1989. He is the world’s most published author in glaucoma genetics, and a former Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute.

Dr Lingham joined the Lions Eye Institute in 2014 as a clinical trials orthoptist before undertaking a PhD with Professor Mackey from 2017 (awarded 2020). In 2021 Dr Lingham joined the Centre for Eye Research Ireland as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Both Professor Mackey and Dr Lingham were invited to present posters at the ARVO meeting. Professor Mackey’s poster topic was Evaluating the distribution of laterally corrected foveal avascular zone parameters. Dr Lingham’s poster topic was Machine learning-estimated axial length is better than spherical equivalent for identifying higher-risk myopic eyes.


In 2021, researchers at the Lions Eye Institute published 97 research papers covering our five priority areas of translational research.

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