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Professor Marinko Sarunic appointed as Moorfields Eye Charity Chair in Advanced Ocular Imaging

17 March 2021

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Sarunic to this new role created in partnership with UCL Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering.

Prof Sarunic

The role will provide a direct link between UCL’s Faculties of Brain and Engineering Sciences and Moorfields Eye Hospital, via the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE).

We are very grateful to Moorfields Eye Charity for their generous support investing in this new collaborative research network. This is part of a strategic initiative to boost excellence in multidisciplinary research and innovation in healthcare engineering applied to ophthalmology at UCL. 

Prof Marinko Sarunic will join UCL from 1 September 2021 from Simon Fraser University where he is currently Professor and Associate Director at the School of Engineering Science. 

Prof Sarunic brings extensive experience in the development of new ophthalmic instrumentation and techniques. He will deliver on aspirations for imaging of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

On his new appointment Prof Sarunic said: 

Bridging physics and engineering with clinical science in the heart of London, the combined strengths of UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital are uniquely positioned to impact ocular imaging research. I am excited to join the team at UCL and grow my research through new collaborations at Moorfields Eye Hospital to help in the fight against vision robbing diseases.

I’m delighted to welcome Professor Sarunic to UCL, and to the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. This role marks an important development in the way we work, to bring our strengths in healthcare engineering into practice and build closer bonds with healthcare professionals. UCL believes that in working across disciplines and working closely with practitioners, we can make a tangible difference to patients’ outcomes and a valuable contribution to human wellbeing. I’d like to extend my warmest wishes to Professor Sarunic and I look forward to learning more about his plans as Chair. 
UCL Vice-Provost (Research) Professor David Price

I am grateful for Moorfields Eye Charity support for this post and forwarding our research strategy in this area. Professor Sarunic will be pivotal with Engineering to advance ocular imaging collaboratively with engineers, scientists and health care professionals. The post emboldens the future and our vision of collaborative work between UCL and Moorfields as we journey toward fully integrating when we move to Oriel. 
Director of UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Prof Andrew Dick

We’re delighted to fund the Moorfields Eye Charity chair in advanced ocular imaging. This important new role brings together innovative imaging engineering and eye research. Increased integration will equip Moorfields and UCL to respond to future challenges and deliver quicker diagnoses and new treatments for patients.
Robert Dufton, Chief Executive Officer at Moorfields Eye Charity

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