Jane W. CHAN (USA)

Dr. Jane Chan, currently professor of neurology and ophthalmology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating summa cum laude in Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, she earned an MD degree at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College/ Jefferson in Philadelphia and then continued at the University of California, Davis Medical Center for neurology residency. Dr. William F. Hoyt at the University of California, San Francisco inspired and trained her during her post-doctoral fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology. Her expertise in neuro-ophthalmology lead her to publish peer-reviewed articles on a yearly basis and most recently the second edition of her new textbook, Optic Nerve Disorders.

Her research focuses on the investigation of ocular imaging biomarkers for the early diagnosis and monitoring of various neurodegenerative disorders, such as glaucoma, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons. These biomarkers can then be applied in upcoming gene therapy/neuroprotective/neuroregenerative clinical trials. With her previous experience as the principal investigator and co-principal investigator of pharmaceutical MS and NMO clinical trials in the past 15 years, she was recently awarded a research foundation grant for further studies with optical coherence tomography.

A national and international lecturer at universities, Dr. Chan organized courses for the American Academy of Ophthalmology/ Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology meetings. She currently holds leadership positions on the editorial boards of major ophthalmology and neurology journals and served on the educational and practice guideline committees of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Chan has also been a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmological Society. Her awards for patient care include Top Doctors of American and Best Doctors of America.