Born in Saigon, Vietnam, and immigrated with his parents and three brothers to the United States in 1980, Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen currently holds the McGaw Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Inaugural Director of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to being chosen for the chairmanship at Nebraska, Dr. Nguyen was on the faculty at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

A diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Nguyen has received many commendations and awards including the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award, the Charles L. Schepens MD Award for Excellence in Retina Research, the National Eye Institute Career Development Award, the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Heath RO1 and R24 Awards, ...

Dr. Nguyen serves as principal investigator on multiple clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute and other organizations for macular edema (from diabetes and uveitis), neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ocular inflammatory and uveitic diseases, as well as co-investigator on numerous other clinical trials involving novel therapeutic agents. Dr. Nguyen is known for his innovative work in early proof-of-concept, first-in-human clinical trials to evaluate potential pharmacotherapeutic agents for retinal vascular and uveitic diseases.

Throughout his career thus far, Dr. Nguyen has been prolific at sharing his scientific work through more than 400 manuscripts published in the literature. Given his scientific achievements and accomplishments, Dr. Nguyen was chosen as the Founding and Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, which was launched as the companion journal to the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Professor Nguyen has been elected to many prestigious national and international professional organizations, including the Macula Society, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Uveitis Society, the International Ocular Inflammation Society, the International Uveitis Study Group, the Club Jules Gonin, and the American Ophthalmological Society. He is also the Executive Vice President of the Foster Ocular Immunology Society.

Professor Nguyen has been very active in Vietnamese medical professional organizations since 1992 when he was still a medical student. In 2004, Dr. Nguyen became the first US medical school graduate to lead the Vietnamese American Medical Association (VAMA) as President; Dr. Nguyen was re-elected as President of the VAMA in 2007 and served until 2010. Dr. Nguyen also served as President of the Vietnamese Medical Association of the Free World from 2005 to 2008. Most recently, Dr. Nguyen was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the VAMA (2016-2019).

Moreover, Professor Nguyen has also been very involved in helping to enhance and promote activities of the International Ocular Inflammation Society. Dr. Nguyen co-chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the 2011 IOIS Congress in Goa (India) and served on the Executive Board for the 2013 IOIS Congress in Valencia (Spain). Dr. Nguyen also co-chaired the 2015 IOIS Congress in San Francisco, the first time in its history that the IOIS held its meeting in the United States. Professor Nguyen has been serving as General Secretary for the Executive Board of the IOIS for the terms 2015-2023. He has also co-directed the IOIS Course for students, residents, fellows, and clinician scientists with interests in uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases during the 2017, 2019, and 2021 IOIS Congresses as well as at the upcoming 2023 Congress in Berlin.

At the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, Dr. Nguyen has an active uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases as well as clinical and surgical retina practice while he continues his research in pharmacotherapy and ocular imaging. In addition, he teaches and trains students, residents, and clinical and research retina and uveitis fellows at Stanford and from around the world.

Secretary General - CARLOS PAVESIO, United Kingdom

Mr. Carlos Pavesio is Professor of Ocular Inflammation and Infection at University College London (UCL) in London and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. Professor Pavesio is also the Co-Director of the Uveitis Service at Moorfields, Director of the Fellowship Programme at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Chairman of the Infection Control Committee. A member of many international ophthalmological societies, including the International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) and International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG), Professor Pavesio is also a Board Member for the SOE (Societas Ophthalmologica Europea) and EUPO (European Union of Professors of Ophthalmology). Throughout the decades, Mr. Pavesio has been the Organiser of the Uveitis Programme for the EURETINA and SOE congresses.

As an international leader in the field of Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation, Professor Pavesio has given more than 300 lectures, both in the UK and internationally. He served as Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology in New Zealand in 2009 and HMDP Visiting Expert in Ophthalmology – Uveitis, Intraocular Inflammation, Medical Retina in Singapore in 2014. He has also been a faculty member for the Cole Eye Institute Uveitis Course held in Cleveland, USA.

Professor Pavesio is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection, the official journal of the International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS), and a member of the editorial board of the BJO, OII, International Ophthalmology, and JOII. He has co-edited 5 books in Ophthalmology and has authored more than 30 book chapters. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications in the field.

Mr. Pavesio has been an integral and leading member of the International Ocular Inflammation Society, who has devoted significant time and efforts in helping the Society to strengthen and grow. as well as to achieve its missions in uniting colleagues and clinician scientists from around the globe whose interests are in uveitis and ocular inflammation. Professor Pavesio has been the Co-Director of the IOIS Course, which provides the basic teaching in uveitis to students, residents, fellows, and comprehensive ophthalmologists worldwide, during the past three IOIS Congresses.


Dr. Talin Barisani-Asenbauer has studied Medicine at the University of Vienna. She started her career at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Vienna as scientific coworker in 1987, where she thereafter also completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1997 she became the Director of the Uveitis Unit and the working group “Ocular Immunology and Infectiology.” In 2001 she was awarded the Habilitation degree by the University of Vienna, the topic of her Habilitation thesis being `Molecular Methods to Identify Microbes in Ocular Tissues´ and became Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology.

In 2009 she succeeded to obtain a Laura Bassi Centre of Expertise grant, enabling her to establish the working group OCUVAC at the Institute of Specific Prophylaxis & Tropical Medicine, Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology, where she has been until the present. OCUVAC aims at achieving a multidisciplinary understanding of neglected and orphan ocular infections and inflammations underpinning the more translational research in the center. In November 2022 she was appointed as Professor in the field of Immunology. Within the framework of this professorship, it has been her priority to improve the diagnostics of ocular diseases.

In 2011, Professor Talin Barisani-Asenbauer became Chairwoman of the Educational Committee of the Educational Board of the European Board of Ophthalmology. From 2010 to 2019, she acted as Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission for International phthalmology of the Austrian Ophthalmology Society (ÖOG), and from 2009 to 2011 and from 2017 to 2021 Chairwoman of the ÖOG Commission for Ocular Inflammation, Infection and Allergy. In 2009 she served as President of the Viennese Ophthalmological Society. She represented Austria from 2008 to 2016 at the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) and at the Union Europeenne des Medecins Specialistes (UEMS).

Her research interests are translational ophthalmology, rare and neglected ocular diseases, ocular immunology, inflammation and infection, cross-border health care, drug delivery to ocular tissues and ocular vaccine development.

Professor Barisani-Asenbauer has been a very contributing member of the International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) and has served the Society extensively in various important roles. She was the General-Secretary from 2007 to 2011. In 2011, she became Chairwoman of the Educational Committee. Since 2017, given her extensive experiences, Professor Barisani-Asenbauer has served as IOIS Treasurer.


Dr. Daniel Vitor Vasconcelos-Santos obtained his MD and PhD degrees at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, one of the most prestigious/high-ranked universities in Brazil, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency. After fellowships in Cornea/Retina/Uveitis, he went for a two-yearpostdoctoral fellowship in Ocular Inflammation/Immunology/Pathology at the Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California. He is currently a tenured associate professor and the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology at UFMG School of Medicine and Head of the Uveitis Unit of UFMG Eye Hospital (Hospital São Geraldo). He is also elected member of International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) and of the American Uveitis Society, as well as member of the Executive Board of the Global Ocular Inflammation Workshop Society (GOIWS), having served as international consultant for Basic Clinical and Science Course of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (2012-2019).

Dr. Vasconcelos-Santos has dedicated his career to teaching/academia, with more than 115 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, more than 80 book chapters, and over 120 abstracts. He has also delivered nearly 200 invited presentations at scientific meetings, being also member of the Editorial Board/reviewer of several major international journals. His main research interests include tropical ophthalmology, noninfectious/infectious uveitis, masquerade syndromes, retinal vascular diseases, experimental models of ocular inflammation/infection, ophthalmic pathology and telehealth.

During the past 8 years, Dr. Vasconcelos-Santos has served as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the International Ocular Inflammation Society, helping to shape the direction and the growth of the Society.


Soon-Phaik Chee, MD is a senior consultant and partner of Eye & Retina Surgeons. She is currently a Visiting Consultant to Singapore National Eye Center and National University Hospital and also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at both the Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and at the Duke NUS Medical School. In addition, Professor Chee also serves as an Adjunct Clinician Scientist at the Singapore Eye Research Institute.

Dr. Chee has authored over 270 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many book chapters both in complex cataract and uveitis. She serves as a member of several editorial boards and has been the President of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group since 2013.

Professor Chee has delivered several named lectures in uveitis and cataract and has won medals for her surgeries. She has trained many international, regional and local fellows in Uveitis and Cataract over the years. She received the Best Teacher Award SNEC in 2000, APACRS Certified Educator in 2005, the Outstanding Clinician 2011 Award and the Singapore Health Quality Service Award in 2014, 2018 and 2022 (Gold) by SingHealth for her significant contributions to national healthcare. In 2018, she became a member of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and received the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award. In 2019, she was admitted as a Council member of the Academy of Asia-Pacific Professors of Ophthalmology. In 2021, she was honored with an Outstanding Faculty Award for Residency in SingHealth Excels and the Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Senior Achievement Award in 2023.

Professor Chee has been a long-time member of the International Ocular Inflammation Society and has contributed significantly to the scientific programs at IOIS congresses, sharing her knowledge and expertise with colleagues from around the globe.


Bahram Bodaghi, MD, PHD, FEBO is Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France. He coordinates the Teaching Hospital Department of Vision and Handicaps (SightRestore) and chairs the French University Council of Ophthalmology. Dr Bodaghi is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs in France.

Dr Bodaghi was trained as a resident at the University of Rene Descartes, in Paris. During his PhD training at the Pasteur Institute, he focused on the pathophysiology of viral infections, especially CMV retinitis. He performed medical uveitis fellowship at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. Dr Bodaghi is a member of the IOIS education committee. He served as Secretary General of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) from 2008-2012. He was an International Board member of the BCSC for the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 2005-2011. He has been elected as an ARVO Annual Meeting Program Committee Member in 2013. Dr Bodaghi obtained the Senior Achievement award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Uveitis Study Group Prize.

During the past 8 years, Prof. Bodaghi has serviced as President of the International Ocular Inflammation Society, and shaped the direction and growth of the Society.

EBC Member at large - LYNDELL LIM, Australie

Lyndell L. Lim, MBBS, FRANZCO is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne,Australia, where she heads the Clinical Trials Research Unit. She is a retinal and ocular inflammatory diseases specialist who undertook two subspecialty fellowships in two areas of ophthalmic expertise: Medical Retina and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases. She is also a clinician and holds positions as a Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist specializing in medical retina and ocular inflammatory diseases at both the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), where she is the Head of the Ocular Immunology Clinic, and at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr. Lim received her medical degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1996 and completed her ophthalmology training at the RVEEH in 2003. In 2022, Dr. Lim was appointed to lead the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) within Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and has developed it into a multisite clinical eye trials network across metropolitan Melbourne. In recognition of her work with the CTRU, she was appointed to the Executive of CERA in 2019, followed by appointments to the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) Clinical Trials committee and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Ethics and Regulations in Human Research (ERHR) Committee.

Her reputation as a leading Clinician-Researcher in the field of Ocular Inflammatory Diseases and Diabetic Retinopathy is evidenced by multiple International and National Keynote Speaker Invitations in Ophthalmology and Optometry, in addition to Invited Speaker and Moderator invitations at International and National Conferences in Ophthalmology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease and Obstetrics. Dr. Lim has presented at more than 130 international and national conferences, including 13 Keynote Presentations and Named Lectures. Such achievements have also been recognised through invitations to join Advisory Boards by the Pharmaceutical Industry (national and international). Dr. Lim has been a strong supporter of the International Ocular Inflammation Society and has contributed actively to the scientific programs at the congresses of the IOIS, employing her expertise in both uveitis and medical retina.

EBC Member at large - HARVEY SIY UY, Philippines

Harvey Siy Uy, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, University of the Philippines and Medical Director, Peregrine Eye and Laser Institute in Makati, Philippines. He completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the Philippine General Hospital and Fellowships in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center and Ocular Immunology and Uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School under the tutelage of Professor C. Stephen Foster. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and currently serves on the Editorial Board of American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. He has delivered over 500 national and international scientific presentations with special interest in diagnostic vitrectomy and intraocular medications. Dr. Uy is a past president of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology and currently serves as President of the Vitreo-Retina Society of the Philippines and a Council member of the Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society. Dr. Uy also holds membership in the Foster Ocular Immunology Society (FOIS). In 2006, Dr. Uy was a founding member of the Philippine Ocular Inflammation Society (POIS) and has been an active participant in the numerous scientific and educational programs of POIS. In 2015, Dr. Uy served as the co-organizer of the IOIS Asia Pacific Meeting in Cebu, Philippines.

Dr. Uy has been honored with the Jose Rizal Memorial Award by the Philippine Medical Association, the Achievement Award and the International Education Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as the Senior Achievement Award from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2021, the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology bestowed upon Dr. Uy the very prestigious Romeo B. Espiritu Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to Filipino Ophthalmology.

Dr. Uy has been an active and avid member of the International Ocular Inflammation Society, helping to educate young clinician scientists from underdeveloped countries the arts of uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases.