21-23rd August 2024
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Prof. Harminder Dua


Harminder Singh Dua, CBE, CMLJ, DL MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS,FRCS(Edinburgh), FEBO, FRCOphth, FRCP(Edinburgh, Hon.), FCOptom.(Hon.), FRCOphth.(Hon.), FAICO (India, Hon.), MD, PhD, is Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Queens Medical Centre, University of Nottinghamsince 1994, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Professor of Universita della Svizze, Lugano, since 2010.


He was made Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her 2019 Birthday Honours list and served a full term as the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (2021-22).


He was recently awarded the NHS Parliamentary Lifetime Achievement award for the Midlands, Commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in the Lieutenancy of Nottinghamshire and awarded the high rank of Commander of Merit of the Military and Hospitaller order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.




He was the Master of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress (2019-2020), President of several international organisations namely, Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK (2011-14), of EuCornea (2011-13), of the European association for vision and eye research (EVER, 2008), and of the EVER Foundation (2010-14 and 2016-2020). He was Editor in chief of the BJO (2007-14) and EuCorneaJournal (2015-22).


Among his over 150 awards and accolades are the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013), The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for ‘Research project of the year’ and the Melvin Jones Fellow(Award) Lions Clubs International Foundation for humanitarian work.

He has been endowed with Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK,the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the College of Optometrists UK, and the Collegium of the All India Ophthalmological Society; the highest accoladesconferred by the respective Colleges. One eponymous lecture, “The Dua Lecture” Birmingham, and a seminar room in the Nottingham post-graduate centre, “The Dua Room” are named in his honour.


He has supervised 55 PhD/MPhil students, has over 450 peer reviewed publiations with over 29000 citations and an H-index of 82. His discovery of the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer) in 2013, in the human cornea has had considerable impact on lamellar corneal surgery and corneal pathology.