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Professor Hugh Taylor AC is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and holds Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health and leads the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. He was the Professor of Ophthalmology and Head of Department at the University of Melbourne from 1990 until 2007, and the Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia which he founded in 1996. Professor Taylor is a passionate advocate for Indigenous health; his research focuses on the causes and prevention of blindness in both developing and developed countries the intersection between medicine, public health and health policy. In 2001, Professor Taylor was made a Companion in the Order of Australia for his contributions to the prevention of river blindness, to academia through research and education related to the prevention of eye disease, and to eye health in Indigenous communities.