Scientific Advisory Board:
- Professor Ted Maddess, Chairman
- Professor Charles Watson
- Professor Philip Penfold
- Professor Jan Provis
- Dr Meidong Zhu (MBBS, MMed, PhD)
- Professor Tailoi Chan-Ling PhD, FAAO, FARVO
- Professor Bill Taylor
- Peter Hewett
Lead for the Neurosciences and the Senses Health Network, Western Australian Department of Health.
Charles Watson is a specialist in the area of brain and spinal cord mapping. He graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1967 and was awarded a research doctorate (MD) by the University of New South Wales in 1974. He lectured in anatomy at the UNSW from 1970 to 1982, when he took up a career in public health in the Health Department of Western Australia, being appointed Chief Health Officer for WA in 1993.
He returned to university life in 1994, holding the position of Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong and Curtin University until 2006. Since then he has held research positions at Curtin and at Neuroscience Research Australia. Since 2006 he has published 11 books and over 40 journal articles. The published books include the seventh edition of The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates (which has been cited over 60,000 times) and The Mouse Nervous System.
Charles Watson was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2004. He earned a DSc (by thesis) from the University of Sydney in 2012.
Currently Dr Zhu is a Senior Hospital Scientist at the Lions New South Wales Eye Bank and Bone Bank, New South Wales Organ and Tissue Donation Service, Australia. She also has a senior academic research affiliation with the Save Sight Institute, the University of Sydney and is a Professorship in the Department of Ophthalmology, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing PR China. Dr Zhu has been actively involved in both retinal and corneal research since 1990 and has extensive experience in both clinical and laboratory research including treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, corneal stem cell research and eye banking.
Dr Zhu holds several honorary positions in the Eye Banks and Universities in China. She is a board member of Overseas Chinese Association for Vision and Eye Research (OCAVER) and has broad connections with China, USA and UK ophthalmologist and scientists.
He has been a Clinical Supervisor and visiting lecturer at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science. He has been a Committee Member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia.
He has been on the expert panel assisting the Macula Disease Foundation Australia investigation into the eye health of people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
Working in Mosman, NSW, the fifth oldest suburb by age demographic in Australia, he largely deals with the problems associated with ageing eyes.