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Associate Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam

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Associate Professor Chandra Balaratnasingam

“Dr. Balaratnasingam continues clinical and laboratory-based research in diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases”


Associate Professor Balaratnasingam undertook ophthalmology training in Perth, Western Australia, after which he completed subspecialty training in vitreoretinal disorders in Vancouver, Canada, and New York City, USA. Following this, he was appointed to clinical faculty at New York University School of Medicine and worked as a vitreoretinal surgeon in Manhattan for a year before joining the LEI. He is also a consultant ophthalmologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Dr Balaratnasingam has completed a PhD and continues clinical and laboratory-based research in diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases. He has published over 80 papers in ophthalmic and neuroscience journals, written book chapters for key retina texts and has been an invited speaker at a number of international meetings.

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PhD in Retinal Ganglion Cell Physiology, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2005-2009)
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2013-2014)
Medical Retina Fellowship, Vitreous-Retina-Macula Consultants of New York, New York City, USA (2014-2015)
Vitreoretinal Surgeon, New York University School of Medicine, New York City, USA (2015-2016)

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists
The American Society of Retina Specialists
Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society
Vit-Buckle Society
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Australian Medical Association

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The University of Western Australia

Developing novel techniques to monitor and treat the complications of diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases
Clinical trials for macular oedema, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases and macular degeneration

Authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles and 7 book chapters
Invited to attend the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Medicine and Physiology
PhD awarded with High Distinction
Recipient of the Robert Street Prize from UWA – Awarded by the Board of the Graduate Research School for the thesis which has made the most outstanding contribution to its field
Invited to deliver the Valedictory address at the UWA Science graduation ceremony 2011

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