Professor Tariq Aslam is a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in medical retinal disease at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and professor of ophthalmology and interface technologies at the University of Manchester. He began medical training at Oxford University and completed his medical retina fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital. His first research doctorate from Oxford University involved clinical trials in ophthalmic surgery and a further PhD from Heriot Watt University investigated technology applications in ophthalmology which led to a prize for the best PhD across all University disciplines. His current research explores clinical interests in retina including psychological aspects and the potential for computerised and technological enhancement of patient care including ophthalmic imaging and novel device development. He has around 200 peer reviewed publications, a number of patents and is an investigator on multiple commercial as well as investigator lead studies. He plays an active role as advisor to many international expert ophthalmic groups on research, imaging and clinical care. He is also the editor of Ophthalmology and Therapy. His research has led to spin-out medical technology companies with awards for social impact, which is his ultimate research goal.