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Dr Fred K Chen

“Returned to Perth to establish an Ocular Tissue Engineering Laboratory and a Functional Ocular Imaging Laboratory at the Lions Eye Institute.”


Dr Chen studied medicine at UWA. After completion of ophthalmology training at Royal Perth Hospital in 2006, he moved to London for advanced training in medical and surgical retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He also completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in surgical techniques of retinal pigment epithelium transplantation for treatment of dry and wet macular degenerations at the University College of London Institute of Ophthalmology. Dr Chen returned to Perth in 2010 as a senior lecturer at the UWA Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His research teams are involved in testing of new treatments in dry age-related macular degeneration, monitoring of inherited retinal disease progression and application of stem cell technology in developing personalised medicine for rare retinal diseases. His research group is funded by philanthropic donations, NHMRC grants, Macular Disease Foundation, McCusker Foundation, Retina Australia and Telethon Institute. He consults and operates at the LEI, Royal Perth Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital. His special clinical interest is in macular degenerations and inherited retinal diseases.

Research Publications Make a Booking

Retina Fellowship, Cheltenham General Hospital (2006)
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital (2007-2009)
Medical Retina Fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital (2010)
PhD in surgical techniques of retinal pigment epithelium transplantation for treatment of retinal diseases, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (2011)

Board of Directors, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Asia Pacific Vitreo Retina Society
The American Society of Retinal Specialists (US)
Medical Retina Group (UK)
Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists
Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research
Australian Medical Association
MDA National
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Governance Institute of Australia (Cert)
Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

Ophthalmology Consultant, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital
Honorary Ophthalmology Consultant, Perth Children's Hospital
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The University of Western Australia
Honours Coordinator, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The University of Western Australia

Current areas of research interest are new treatment in dry and wet macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, stem cells (including iPSC), high resolution retinal imaging analysis, clinical applications of retina-tracking microperimetry, clinical audit using electronic medical records and detection of eye melanoma tumour cells in the blood
Current clinical trials: new treatment in dry macular degeneration, nanosecond laser for treatment of drusen (LEAD trial), PDT for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, and adaptive optics imaging and microperimetry in study of visual distortion
Previous clinical research: bionic eye implant (Argus II), macular translocation, RPE-choroid patch graft, avastin in wet AMD

Schneider Prize for Interns Award (1999), Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
RANZCO / Bausch&Lomb Scholarship for Retina Fellowship at Moorfields (2006)
Research Funding from: philanthropic donations, NH&MRC Project Grant, CRE and Early Career Research Fellowship (2013-2016), Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Retina Australia, Honda Foundation, Viertel Charitable Foundation, The University of Western Australia, Health Department of Western Australia, Australian Foundation for Prevention of Blindness Trust, The Lions Club, Lions Eye Institute
Head of Ocular Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Lions Eye Institute (2011-)
A book chapter “Vitreoretinal Surgery” in Oxford Specialty Training: Training In Ophthalmology, The Essential Clinical Curriculum. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 and 2016
85 Peer-reviewed journal articles
50 National and international conference abstracts
Reviewer for Retina, Ophthalmology, IOVS, Clinical Experimental Ophthalmology, Eye, ORIA and NH&MRC

Fred enjoys swimming, playing the piano (A. Mus A.) and the clarinet (L. Mus A.)

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