University Malaya Eye Research Centre or UMERC was first established on the 27th July 2009 by YB Dato Saifuddin Abdullah as a research arm of Ophthalmology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. UMERC was first proposed to fulfil the need of a strong research support facility in the field of ophthalmology in University of Malaya as well as Malaysia with its first director, Associate Professor Dr. Kenneth Fong Choong Sian. Currently UMERC is led by Associate Professor Dr. Tengku Ain Tengku Kamalden as the head of the research centre.

With eleven academic staffs, UMERC aim to help and support research in areas of ophthalmology, basic and applied science in ophthalmology and in the epidemiology of eye diseases. UMERC also provide clinical works and teaching services in various aspects in Ophthalmology. Various activities, talks and seminars have also been carried out to share new knowledge among staffs and create public awareness on various eye diseases in Malaysia. Clinical trials were conducted to find new modes of treatment in eye diseases.

To date, we have created a network and partnership with various Institute and University at national and international levels including Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malasia, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Lions Eye Institute, John Hopkins School of Medicine, and University of Liverpool.  

UMERC is going to have its 10th anniversary in two years time. With that we aims to  continue engaging in more clinical trial projects as well as organising and conducting scientific meetings and seminar series. Within these eight years as a research centre, UMERC has developed facilities in basic science research and will be having its first tissue culture facilities. Basic science research in UMERC can now supports genomic and proteomic research in ophthalmology and will soon also covers basic tissue culture research.  With current research development undergoing by UMERC, we hope that our aims to established UMERC as a leading research centre in the country is achieved.