Science Keynote Lecture

Women in Vision UK Annual Meeting

12 December 2023, Cambridge

Professor Luminita Paraoan gave the first science keynote lecture for the Women in Vision UK (WVUK) at their annual meeting held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge 2023, titled “Venturing to Understand Eyesight at the Molecular Level: Role of Serendipity and Mentors, Shores and Anchors”

The Biochemical Society webinar

On 5th of October 2023 Professor Luminita Paraoan from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences chaired The Biochemical Society UK webinar dedicated to the 60th anniversary of The Colworth Medal. The Colworth Medal is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Recording of the event is now available at

Inaugural Lecture

Eyesight: seen and unseen
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Luminita Paraoan

Thursday 18 May | 5pm | Lecture Theatre, Law and Psychology

Professor Paraoan's talk will concentrate on biological processes involving light sensitive cells and their supporting cells in the retina, at the back of the eye.
These are involved in gradual degeneration leading to age-related impaired or loss of vision, bearing functional similarities with Alzheimer's Disease.

5pm - Registration and refreshments

5.30pm - Lecture followed by Q&A

6.30pm - Reception and networking with drinks and canapes 

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Leading WISER

Professor Luminita Paraoan has taken on the lead of Women in ISER (International Society for Eye Research), with the first networking event organised at the XXVth Biennial ISER Meeting in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (February 2023). The event is also part of the ISER Mentorship program for Early Career Researchers in Eye and Vision Science (

ISER was established in 1968 as an international organization to support eye and vision research having Experimental Eye Research ( as the official publication of the society.

Co-Lead of RPE-Choroid Biology and Pathology section for XXV Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, Gold Coast, Australia, 2023


Luminita Paraoan has been awarded Gold Fellow status by ARVO (Class of 2021). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmic Research (ARVO) is the premier international eye and vision research organization in the world, with around 11,000 researchers from over 75 countries.  Luminita’s award was given “for exemplary contributions and serving as a role model and mentor for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and to further ARVO’s vision to advance research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders, which includes advancing basic and clinical knowledge and serving as the leading international forum for vision research and the primary advocate for vision science worldwide.

Professor recognised as a Gold Fellow | News | Edge Hill University

Professor Luminita Paraoan honoured as ARVO Gold Fellow (Class of 2021)

Professor recognised as a Gold Fellow | LinkedIn

Professor Luminita Paraoan named in the TOP 100 Women in Ophthalmology

The Power List 2021

Solving the RPE Puzzle

“Solving the RPE puzzle. Sitting down with … Luminita Paraoan” The Ophthalmologist, November 2020

IACD Professor Elected Vice-President of International Research Organisation

Understanding the ageing eye

Leading Macular Society’s Virtual Clinic on Understanding the ageing eye to help Beat Macular Disease

Professor Luminita Paraoan discusses her vital molecular research which has been looking deep inside the eye to see what happens as macular disease develops.