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LEI founder elected to prestigious national body

Lions Eye Institute (LEI) founder and patron Professor Ian Constable AO has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).

As an AAHMS Fellow, Constable joins an elite group of Australia’s top medical and health researchers recognised for their achievements and commitment to their field.

He was among 28 recipients this year, which also featured immunology and infectious disease experts who have been instrumental in COVID-19 responses in Australia and overseas.

Throughout a career spanning five decades, Constable has sought to break new ground in ophthalmology.

“I am thrilled to have been elected as an AAHMS Fellow,” he said.

“It‘s a great honour to join leaders in Australian health and medical science as part of the great interdisciplinary team we have in this nation.”

The AAHMS provides impartial leadership on health and medical research in Australia, mentors the next generation and provides a forum for discussion about progress on medical research.

With a belief that the basis of every medical advancement must be quality research, Constable founded LEI in 1983. Its point of difference was its double-pronged approach covering clinical treatment and research, each informing the other.

He served as the institute’s managing director until 2009 and was later appointed patron in 2018.

The new AAHMS Fellows were admitted at the academy’s sixth annual meeting on 14-16 October.

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