BHVI names head of its new Global Myopia Centre

Professor Padmaja Sankardurg appointed to the newly-created role

Professor Padmaja Sankardurg

International myopia researcher, Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg (pictured), has been appointed head of the online Global Myopia Centre at the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI).

Under Professor Sankaridurg’s leadership, the Global Myopia Centre aims to bring expertise and resources in myopia research, training and global advocacy onto one platform in order to provide scientists and practitioners with the knowledge and resources required to manage myopia.

BHVI announced the establishment of the Global Myopia Centre earlier this month. It hosts several online tools for myopia management, information and resources, including global prevalence data and a myopia education programme.

Commenting on the appointment, CEO of the BHVI, Yvette Waddell, said: “Professor Sankaridurg is a globally recognised leader in understanding myopia, its near epidemic proportions and its treatment, especially via visual or optical means.

“She also brings decades of experience as an educator, researcher and clinician, particularly in the area of contact lenses, which makes her a perfect fit in this role, which we believe is critically important in equipping eye care professionals to successfully manage myopia.”

Earlier this year, Professor Sankaridurg received a Most Influential Women in Optical Award from Vision Monday, recognising women who have initiated new products, programmes or ideas marking success. 

Prof Sankaridurg was previously head of the myopia programme at the BHVI.