Professor Brendan Vote established in 2008 a public benevolent institute status charity - Tasmanian Eye Institute, pursuing his passion for research and education and community service in Ophthalmology.

Brendan graduated in Medicine from University of Queensland in 1990 then undertook his internship and junior medical officer training at Launceston General Hospital in 1991 and 1992, where he met his wife Michelle.  Brendan was a medical officer in the Royal Australian Air Force for six years including 18 months as Senior Medical Officer in Butterworth, Malaysia and from there relocated to Dunedin, New Zealand for his ophthalmology training.

Brendan's passion for research and teaching were nurtured at University of Otago in Dunedin, while in Dunedin his two sons Joshua and Benjamin were born.  Brendan continued his academic research passion becoming the inaugural vitreoretinal fellow at Auckland University.  

He is Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Tasmania and has published more than 100 peer review publications.   He is involved in Multicentre International and Australian clinical trials assessing intravitreal therapies in diabetic maculopathy, age-related macular degeneration and vascular occlusion.   

Brendan maintains an active teaching role of both registrars and medical students – our future generation of eye surgeons and doctors.   

He stays active playing squash weekly along with crossfit training.  He enjoys fishing, travel and indoor skydiving.