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Professor
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore


Professor Saw Seang Mei is a member of faculty at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. She has also held administrative positions in the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine), as Vice-Dean (Research) and Assistant Dean (Graduate Studies). Prof Saw obtained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the NUS and subsequently her doctorate in Epidemiology from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Prof Saw’s research interests focus on the epidemiology and genetics of myopia and other eye diseases. She has published more than 380 peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals, including the Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She is a co-leader of the Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia (CREAM) myopia genetics consortium and was the principal investigator of the Singapore Cohort Study of the Risk Factors for Myopia (SCORM) cohort, STrabismus, Amblyopia and Refractive Error study of preschool Singapore children (STARS) and several other large epidemiological studies.

Prof Saw is the recipient of many awards including the Great Women for our Times Awards, Science and Technology Category, Singapore (2006), the Garland W Clay Award (2006), Eye Institute-Pfizer Research Prizes for Outstanding Original Paper (2007), Faculty Research Excellence Award, NUS Medicine (2009), the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (2009), the Silver Fellow Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the Chew Sek Jin Memorial Lecture Award, International Myopia Conference (2013), World’s Top 100 Influential people in Ophthalmology by the Ophthalmologists (2014), the OPO Bernard Gilmartin Award (2014), the Gold Fellow Award, ARVO (2015) and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Achievement Award (2015).

The Excellence Award is a wonderful way of acknowledging Professor Saw Seang Mei’s outstanding achievements and contributions in the research of epidemiology and genetics of myopia and other eye diseases, all of which have led us to a better understanding of these ailments.