Neeru GUPTA (Canada)

Professor Gupta is a surgeon-scientist and champion for eye health and education. She began her career in medicine serving inner city and rural communities before earning a doctorate degree in Experimental Pathology at the University of British Columbia. She pursued ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto, and then glaucoma fellowship training at the University of California San Diego. When she returned to Toronto, she founded the Glaucoma Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital.

She is Chief of Glaucoma for Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Professor of Clinical Public Health with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Professor Gupta is Vice President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

An active member of the eye health community, she also serves the World Glaucoma Association as Officer of External Affairs, ARVO’s Research Training, and the Global Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Past roles include President of the Canadian Glaucoma Society, Chair of the Glaucoma Section for ARVO, and the Board of Directors of the American Glaucoma Society. She has contributed to numerous international training and educational initiatives.

As a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Professor Gupta directs a translational research team that has published seminal scientific articles focused on visual system injury in glaucoma and new treatments for glaucoma. She has played an integral role in the discovery of brain changes in glaucoma and translating the findings to human disease. Her team also discovered the lymphatic circulation in the eye. For her ground-breaking work, she has been honoured with awards from the World Glaucoma Association Award, the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She serves the scientific Editorial Boards of Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye and Brain, Journal of Glaucoma.

Professor Gupta is the founding CEO of Canada’s first Human Eye Biobank for Research, a non-profit enterprise that makes human eye tissue accessible to scientists around the world in order to support investigations and stimulate discoveries to prevent blindness.

Her research contributions have been recognized by election to the Glaucoma Research Society. Professor Gupta’s contributions to eye health, education and research have been recognized by election to the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.