Bart Leroy, MD, PhD, is Chairman and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Center for Medical Genetics at the Ghent University Hospital, where he has been working since 2001. He was appointed as Associate Professor of Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Electrophysiology at the Ghent University in October 2009. Since August 2013, Bart also has a part-time position as an attending physician at the Department of Ophthalmology and the Center for Cellular & Molecular Therapeutics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA. His research mainly focuses on genetic eye disease. In collaboration with the team at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Bart is involved in gene therapy projects for inherited retinal blindness. He is a member and Board member of several professional organisations, including the European organisation for Vision & Eye Research, of which he is the current Past-President, the International Society for Genetic Eye Disease & Retinoblastoma, the Société de la Génétique Ophtalmologique Francophone and the Academia Ophthalmologica Belgica.