- Fellowship in 2006 at the University of California, San Diego
Professor Leung is a clinician-scientist with research focus on glaucoma management and investigation. He received the Degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD, CUHK) 5 years after completing his undergraduate medical training in Hong Kong (MB ChB, CUHK). He was then awarded the Croucher Foundation Fellowship and completed a clinical and research fellowship in glaucoma at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
In collaboration with Professor Robert N. Weinreb, Director of Hamilton Glaucoma Center at UCSD, Professor Leung developed a new experimental model for imaging individual retinal ganglion cells in vivo, which bestowed him with the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) Science Award - the Promise in 2009. This model provides a non-invasive and efficient approach to serially monitor the integrity of retinal ganglion cells and has facilitated the investigation of retinal ganglion cell degeneration and neuroprotection in glaucoma. With funding support provided by the Glaucoma Foundation (New York, NY), the American Health Assistance Association (Clarksburg, MD), and General Research Fund (Hong Kong), Prof. Leung is currently investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms for promoting retinal ganglion cell survival in glaucoma and optic neuropathies. He is also principle investigator of a number of clinical and translational research projects studying the application of advanced imaging technologies for early detection and monitoring of glaucoma, surgical and laser procedures for lowering intraocular pressure, and therapies to protect and regenerate retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma and other forms of optic neuropathies.