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Professor Harminder Dua Recognized by Queen Elizabeth II

Posted on July 24, 2019

ICO Board Member, Professor Harminder Dua, has been appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). He received the honor in recognition of his service to eye health, education, and for his achievements in the field of ophthalmology.

Professor Dua is Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the Division of Clinical Neuroscience at the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He serves as head of the city of Nottingham’s Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and as Editor-in-Chief of J.EuCornea. Professor Dua was co-Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology and is a past president of both EuCornea and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in September 2018.


Operating out of the Queen's Medical Centre for the past 25 years, Professor Dua has helped thousands of patients and is a leading authority on corneas. He won international recognition when his research group discovered a previously undetected layer of the human cornea in 2013. The Pre-Descemet Layer is popularly known as Dua’s Layer. His work to develop our understanding of this Pre-Descemet Layer has informed three new surgical techniques and made lamellar corneal transplantation safer.


“I am humbled by this great national honor, which reflects the glory of the whole team and individuals and institutions that have influenced my career…,” said Professor Dua.

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