Seang Mei SAW (Singapore)

Prof. Seang Mei Saw is head of the Myopia Unit at Singapore Eye Research Institute and professor at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. She has an MBBS degree from the National University of Singapore and a PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her research interests are the epidemiology and genetics of eye diseases. She is the principal investigator of several large epidemiologic studies including Singapore Cohort Study of the Research Factors for Myopia (SCORM); Strabismus, Amblyopia and Refractive Error Study in Singapore Preschool Children (STARS); and the birth cohort, Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO). The highlights of her research include elucidating the genes and environmental factors for myopia and pathologic myopia.

Prof. Saw has published more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals, including the Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association and Nature Genetics. She is associate editor of Translational Vision Science and Technology and an editorial board member of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Ophthalmic and Physiologic Optics, Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology and Case Reports in Ophthalmology.

She is a recipient of several awards including the ARVO Gold Fellow (2015); Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (2015); Mochtar Riady NUHS Excellence Award (2015); Bernard Gilmartin OPO Award (2014); Sek-Jin Chew Memorial Lecture Award (2013); ARVO Silver Fellow (2012); Garland W. Clay Award (2006); the Great Women of our Times Award, Science and Technology Category, Singapore (2006); the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (2009); and the NUS School of Medicine Faculty Research Excellence Award (2009). Prof. Saw was chair of the 11th International Myopia Conference held in Singapore in 2006 and chair of the 2010 Program Committee, clinical/epidemiologic section, for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.