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SAW Seang Mei


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
  • Singapore Eye Research Institute (Joint)
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Joint)

Research Areas:

  • Epidemiology of chronic diseases, especially eye diseases
  • Epidemiology and Genetics of myopia

Teaching Areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • MBBS (1988), National University of Singapore
  • MPH (1995), Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA
  • PhD (1998), Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA
  • FAMS (2001)
  • FARVO (2012)

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • 1996  Best research paper 5th Combined Scientific Meeting. Community and Occupational Medicine, Singapore, 24th November 1996
  • 1998 Jeans Coombs Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 1999 Best Oral Presentation Award, First Singapore Eye Research Meeting
  • 2002 Gesine-Mohn ARVO Travel Fellowship
  • 2005 Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Vision Sciences Fellowship
  • 2006 Edward Clarence-Dyason Universitas 21 Fellowship, Melbourne University
  • 2006 Great Women of our Times Awards 2006, Science and Technology Category, Singapore
  • 2006 Garland W Clay Award, USA
  • 2007 Eye Institute-Pfizer Research Prizes for Outstanding Original Paper
  • 2009 Faculty Research Excellence Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award
  • 2012 Silver Fellow Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • 2013 Chew Sek Jin Memorial Lecture Award, International Myopia Conference, 2013
  • 2014 World’s Top 100 influential people in Ophthalmology by the Ophthalmologists
  • 2014 Annals Gold Publication Award, Annals Academy of Medicine (Singapore)
  • 2014 Bernard Gilmartin OPO Award, College of Optometry, UK
  • 2015 Gold Fellow Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • 2015 NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Excellence Award
  • 2015  Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 
  • 2016 Asia-Pacific Academy of Opthalmology Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award
  • 2017 Outstanding Researcher Award, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Career History:

  • Medical Officer (1989 to 1994)
  • Teaching Fellow (1997 to 1999)
  • Assistant Professor (1999 to 2002)
  • Associate Professor (2003 onwards)
  • Professor (2010 onwards)

Administrative Leadership:

  • Vice-Dean (Research) (July 2009 to 2013)
  • Director, National University Medical Institutes (July 2009 to June 2010)
  • Assistant Dean (Graduate Studies) (July 2006 to June 2009)

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Head, Myopia Unit, Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI)
  • Adjunct Investigator, Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences (SICS)
  • Joint Appointment, Duke-NUS GMS

Selected Publications from 500+ peer-reviewed articles:

  • Morgan IG, Ohno-Matsui K, Saw SM. Myopia. Lancet. 2012; 379(9827):1739-48. (IF: 28.6)
  • Saw SM, Hong CY, Chia KS, Stone RA, Tan Dd. Nearwork and myopia in young children Lancet 2001; 357:390 (IF: 33.6) (Citation Index: 43)
  • Chong YS, Liang Y, Gazzard G, Stone RA, Saw SM. Association between breastfeeding and likelihood of myopia in children. Journal of the American Medical Association2005; 293:3001-2 (IF:25.5) (Citation Index:16)
  • Khor WB, Aung T, Saw SM, Wong TY, Tambyah PA, Tan AL, Beuerman R, Tan DTH. An outbreak of Fusarium keratitis associated with contact lens wear in Singapore. Journal of the American Medical Association 2006; 295 (24): 2867-2873. (IF:23.2) (Citation Index:96)
  • Verhoeven VJ, Hysi PG, Wojciechowski R, Fan Q, Guggenheim JA, Höhn R, MacGregor S, Hewitt AW, Nag A, Cheng CY, Yonova-Doing E, Zhou X, Ikram MK, Buitendijk GH, McMahon G, Kemp JP, Pourcain BS, Simpson CL, Mäkelä KM, Lehtimäki T, Kähönen M, Paterson AD, Hosseini SM, Wong HS, Xu L, Jonas JB, Pärssinen O, Wedenoja J, Yip SP, Ho DW, Pang CP, Chen LJ, Burdon KP, Craig JE, Klein BE, Klein R, Haller T, Metspalu A, Khor CC, Tai ES, Aung T, Vithana E, Tay WT, Barathi VA; Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia (CREAM), Chen P, Li R, Liao J, Zheng Y, Ong RT, Döring A; Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) Research Group, Evans DM, Timpson NJ, Verkerk AJ, Meitinger T, Raitakari O, Hawthorne F, Spector TD, Karssen LC, Pirastu M, Murgia F, Ang W; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2 (WTCCC2), Mishra A, Montgomery GW, Pennell CE, Cumberland PM, Cotlarciuc I, Mitchell P, Wang JJ, Schache M, Janmahasathian S, Igo RP Jr, Lass JH, Chew E, Iyengar SK; Fuchs' Genetics Multi-Center Study Group, Gorgels TG, Rudan I, Hayward C, Wright AF, Polasek O, Vatavuk Z, Wilson JF, Fleck B, Zeller T, Mirshahi A, Müller C, Uitterlinden AG, Rivadeneira F, Vingerling JR, Hofman A, Oostra BA, Amin N, Bergen AA, Teo YY, Rahi JS, Vitart V, Williams C, Baird PN, Wong TY, Oexle K, Pfeiffer N, Mackey DA, Young TL, van Duijn CM, Saw SM*, Bailey-Wilson JE, Stambolian D, Klaver CC, Hammond CJ. Genome-wide meta-analyses of multiancestry cohorts identify multiple new susceptibility loci for refractive error and myopia. Nat Genet. 2013 Mar;45(3):314-8. (*Joint Last author)

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