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  Annual Congress 2017
22 - 25 May, Liverpool
#RCOphth2017

Speakers

At RCOphth Congress 2017 there will be in excess of 200 speakers, not just from our own talented UK faculty, but many renowned speakers from overseas.

You can find details below of the speakers; this will be constantly updated as sessions are finalised and speakers are confirmed.

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Mr James Acheson,
Consultant Ophthalmologist Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

James Acheson qualified from Southampton University Medical School and then spent two years training in general medicine and neurology in Nottingham and Birmingham before starting his ophthalmology career at St. Thomas' Hospital, London. He obtained sub-specialty training in Neuro-Ophthalmology with Michael Sanders and Ocular Motility training with John Elston and John Lee, all in London.

He was appointed consultant ophthalmologist at the Western Eye Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1992, and took up his present post at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the National Hospital in 1999. He served as Training Programme Director in the largest ophthalmology training scheme in the UK for 10 years from 2000- 2010 and has published one joint author Neuro-Ophthalmology text and contributed 4 book chapters and over 70 peer reviewed articles. The publication he is proudest of is a single case-report which took 10 years to reach PubMed.

Mr Sajjad Ahmad,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospitals

Mr Saj Ahmad is a clinical academic in cornea and ocular surface disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital/UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. His clinical interest is in inflammatory ocular surface disease and ocular surface reconstruction using stem cell based therapies. His research is focussed on limbal stem cell biology using adult and embryonic stem cells. He has developed a system to expand limbal stem cells that has been used in national autologous and allogeneic trials for limbal stem cell deficiency. He is currently taking part in a multi-centre European trial for unilateral limbal stem cell deficiency from chemical burns. His group was also the first to differentiate corneal epithelial cells from human embryonic stem cells. In his previous role as academic foundation training lead, he has a strong interest in mentoring early stage clinical academics.

Mr John Ainsworth,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Mr John Ross Ainsworth has been a consultant in paediatric ocular oncology at Birmingham Children Hospital for 22 years, following training in ocular oncology in Glasgow and Toronto. In addition, John runs the West Midlands regional paediatric uveitis MDT service, and delivers a variety of other specialist services including regional eye genetics. In recent years he has established a paediatric retinal team, covering both surgical and medical interventions.

Miss Louise Allen MD MA(Cantab) FRCOphth,
Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Miss Allen paediatric ophthalmologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and the regional treater for specialist paediatric ophthalmic surgery, such as ROP treatment and congenital cataract, for the eastern region. Since her MD in genetic retinal diseases, she has a continued interest in ocular genetics but is increasingly turning her hand to digital innovation in paediatric ophthalmology including KidzEyez a novel perimeter for very young children, CatCam a smartphone congenital cataract detection camera and the recently developed East of England ROP telemedicine service. Although interesting, developing and commercialising these devices is as time consuming and frustrating as many aspects of the clinical job.

Mr Winfried Amoaku,
Associate Professor/Reader and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham

Mr Winfried Amoaku is an Associate Professor/Reader in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Nottingham, and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. His subspecialty interest is medical retina diseases and uveitis. His research complements his clinical practice, and focuses on the pathogenesis and treatments of AMD and other retinal vascular diseases. He has previously served The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in different positions, including Chair of the Medical Retina Service Provisions Subcommittee, Chair of the Scientific Committee, and Acting President, as well as contributing to several College guidelines.

Mr Owen Anderson,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s Eye Unit

Mr Owen Anderson studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He undertook further general medical training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge before commencing ophthalmology training in London. This included a number of years at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London as both a Specialist Registrar and a Fellow. During this time he was also awarded a PhD from University College London for research into age related macular degeneration and ocular drug delivery.

Mr Owen Anderson was appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s Eye Unit in 2014. He has experience in general ophthalmology, including cataract surgery, and has a specialist interest in medical retinal diseases including age related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr Chrystalina Antoniades,
Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Professor Chrystalina Antoniades is an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford and a lecturer in medicine at Brasenose College. After finishing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Professor Antoniades moved to Oxford to take up a position with Professor Christopher Kennard. She has recently set up her own research group, the NeuroMetrology Lab. She researches Parkinson’s disease and in research clinics, uses a variety of quantitative experimental methods, based on precise measurement of subtle abnormalities of the speed and coordinate of various movements such as saccades (fast eye movements), motor control (such as finger movements) along with various aspects of gait control.

She is the co-chair of the Clinical Neurosciences Society for the department and has developed the Art and Neuroscience theme with Dr Jim Harris at the Ashmolean Museum. Her interests lie in examining the neurobiological relationship between visual perception and art and is the organiser for the Brain Awareness week for the Clinical Neurosciences in Oxford. Recently, Professor Antoniades has been awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for public engagement and is passionate about engaging her research with the public.

Nick Astbury FRCS FRCOphth FRCP FCOptom CStJ,
Senior Clinical Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Nick Astbury trained in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and worked for 6 months in Botswana before his appointment in 1983 as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon in Norwich, specialising in paediatric ophthalmology until 2013, when he retired from clinical practice. Nick was elected president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists from 2003-6 having served as vice president and chair of professional standards. He has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and the College of Optometrists. Nick currently works part-time at the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a senior Clinical Lecturer and is particularly involved with the VISION 2020 LINKS programme and the Journal of Community Eye Health. He has initiated VISION 2020 links between Sudan and Norwich and the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

At ICEH, Nick also leads the Clinical Fellowship Programme for the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, funded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Nick has served as chair of VISION 2020 UK and medical advisor to the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, having served both organisations for 6 years. Nick is chair of the Duke-Elder Fund, co-chair of IAPB Europe, a trustee of the Impact Foundation and member of the RCOphth International Committee.

Mr Saj Ataullah,
Consultant Ophthalmic & Oculoplastic Surgeon, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Saj Ataullah graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, London, in 1991 and then trained in general ophthalmology in Manchester & North West England. After Oculoplastic Fellowships in Auckland & Manchester, he was appointed as a Consultant Oculoplastic, Lacrimal & Orbital Surgeon in 2002 at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) where he is the Clinical Lead for Oculoplastic Surgery.

He also co-runs a renowned Fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery at MREH. His work for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' includes College Tutor (2005-12) and currently Regional Adviser. Saj is a founder member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) and have represented both RCOphth & BOPSS at the RCSEng Cosmetic Surgery Interspecialty Committee.

Mr Leon Au,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Leon Au graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1998 with an ophthalmology prize of the year. He completed eight years of general ophthalmology training in Nottingham and Manchester before undertaking separate sub-specialty training fellowships in cornea, glaucoma and refractive surgery. He has been a dual-specialty consultant in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital since February 2009.

Leon’s major areas of expertise are glaucoma, cornea related problems, external eye disease and cataract. He is one of the international leader in innovative Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) and conducts clinical trials in many of these new technologies. He publishes his research regularly in peer-reviewed medical journals and he lectures in the field of cornea and glaucoma in both national and international conferences.

Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University, Belfast

Augusto Azuara-Blanco completed his medical training in Spain (1983-1989) where he completed specialty training and PhD (at the University Hospitals in Santiago de Compostela). Professor Azuara-Blanco continued his clinical and surgical training in the USA (Research followed by Clinical Fellowship in glaucoma at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, with George Spaeth) and England (Cornea Fellowship with Harminder S. Dua). He then worked for over 10 years as a NHS consultant in Scotland (Edinburgh and Aberdeen).

Although his clinical work is focused on glaucoma academically his research interests are wider, trying to improve health outcomes of people with chronic eye diseases (glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy) by evaluating the effectiveness of new technologies (new treatments, diagnostic tests, models of eye care). Prof Azuara-Blanco has expertise in primary and secondary research and also leads methodological research to improve the design of trials. He is chief investigator of the EAGLE and GATE trials and also leads the glaucoma studies of the NICOLA project, a large population-based study in Northern Ireland. Professor Azuara-Blanco has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has raised over £10 million for ophthalmic research as principal or co-investigator from NIHR, MRC and EU sources. He is member of the editorial board of several journals including the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group, member of the Executive Committee of the European Glaucoma Society, and former Chair of the UK & Eire Glaucoma Society (2012).


Professor John Barbur,
Professor of Optics & Visual Science, City, University of London


John Barbur is Professor of Optics & Visual Science at City University London. His research interests cover both fundamental studies of visual mechanisms as well as applied and clinical research. His work on camouflage led to new insights into the processing of luminance and colour signals with important applications in colour vision assessment. The development of research instrumentation and new measurement techniques resulted in new methods for investigating mesopic vision and instrumentation for measurement and analysis of pupil responses, eye movements, visual search times, spatial vision and chromatic sensitivity and the measurement of scattered light in the eye.

The P_SCAN system developed by John and his team provides binocular measurements of pupil size and eye movements and has been in use in many laboratories throughout the world for the last three decades. New components of the pupil response that link directly to alertness and attention and require the processing of specific stimulus attributes such as colour or motion in central areas of the visual cortex have been discovered using the P_SCAN system. As a Fulbright Scholar, John spent time as Visiting Professor at the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, N.Y. where he worked on colour vision, pupillometry and visual performance in the mesopic range. This led to studies of mesopic vision supported by DTI (scales for the mesopic range), the EU (Mesopic Optimization of Visual Efficiency) and the DfT (medical aspects of fitness to drive). This was followed by recent grants from EPSRC on “Minimizing Glare in Lighting Installations” and “Mesopic Optimization of Residential Street Lighting”.

Miss Priya R Bhatt,
Consultant Ophthalmic & Oculoplastic Surgeon, Royal Bolton Hospital

Priya graduated from Manchester Medical School with honours in 1998. After a stint in Neurosurgery (having always wanted to say “I’m a brain surgeon”) she went on to complete her Ophthalmology training in Glasgow. She completed subspecialty training, an ASTO and a short fellowship in Oculoplastics at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and was appointed as a Consultant at the Royal Bolton Hospital in 2008. Her subspecialist areas are Oculoplastics & Orbit but she maintains her General Ophthalmology practice including Cataract surgery and is actively involved in training. She is Clinical Lead for Medical Appraisal & Revalidation at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust, Co-Revalidation Lead at the RCOphth and sits on the CPD and Professional Standards Committee for the RCOphth. When not working, Priya has a penchant for espresso martinis, dabbles in oil paints and loves to travel the world.

Professor Paul Bishop,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Paul Bishop is Professor of Ophthalmology and Matrix Biology at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, with a subspecialist interest in medical retina, at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified in Medicine at the University of Nottingham and then, whilst training in ophthalmology, completed a PhD at the University of Manchester. Subsequently he was awarded a Clinical Scientist (1993-1999) and then a Senior Clinical Research Fellowship (1999-2007) by the Wellcome Trust. He now Chairs the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Academic Subcommittee and Macular Society Research Committee. University of Manchester roles include Academic Lead for the Centre of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Advanced Discovery & Experimental Therapeutics. His research is focussed on developing new treatments for retinal conditions including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal dystrophies.

Professor Philip Bloom,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hillingdon Hospital, London

Philip Bloom has special interests in Glaucoma & Cataract and is Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology at Middlesex University. He qualified in 1984 (Bristol University) and trained in Bristol, The Western Eye Hospital & Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is the immediate past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Ophthalmology Section, Keeler Scholarship Board Trustee (RCOphth), UKISCRS Honorary Treasurer & council member and an IGA Trustee. He chairs the IGA grants committee; his own research interests include glaucoma laser treatment, neuro-protection, cataract surgical simulation/training and spectacle independence after cataract surgery. He adores film & all forms of music, dabbles in photography and singing, is married to a GP who works considerably harder than he does, has 2 teenage children (one of each) and dotes on Flapjack, a Border Terrier.

Professor Rupert Bourne,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hinchingbrooke Hospital & Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Professor Rupert Bourne is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s and Moorfields Eye Hospital. In addition he is Co-Director and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Vision and Eye Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Vice-Chair of the National NIHR Ophthalmology Specialty Group and Eastern Region Co-Regional Lead for Ophthalmology. He has a keen clinical research interest mainly in glaucoma (in particular epidemiology, angle closure, and imaging) and expedition medicine. He has written in excess of 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has co-authored several books. He is Chief Investigator for several UK and non-UK studies, some involving major national population-based studies of eye disease ranging from Greenland to Trinidad, and co-ordinates the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Additionally he has been site Principal Investigator for several large UK NIHR trials.

Mr Richard Bowman,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Richard Bowman is a Consultant Ophthalmologist who specialises in paediatric ophthalmology including cataract, child and adult strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology. He currently works as a Consultant at Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health Whipps Cross NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital, an Honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health and a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He studied at Cambridge University and trained as a specialist Registrar at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital. He spent almost a decade developing eye services in Tanzania, where he gained unique opportunities for high volume cataract surgery in children and seeks to continue to improve the evidence for eye services both in the developing and in the developed world. He has a strong presence at national and international meetings, having published over 50 papers in international journals and 5 book chapters. He is a member of the paediatric subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Mr Chris Brand,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

Dr Christopher Brand is a Consultant Ophthalmologist, with a special interest in Medical Retina, at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK. He is the Clinical lead for the Sheffield Diabetes Eye Screening Programme and for the Retina Service at Sheffield teaching Hospitals. He regularly manages and treat patients with all medical retina conditions. He is actively involved in research into the treatment of wet and dry age related macular degeneration, diabetic maculopathy, retinal vein occlusion, myopic choroidal neovascularization, central serous retinopathy and stereotactic radiotherapy. He is the Chief Investigator in the UK for the LUMINOUS trial, largest Ophthalmology study ever conducted, and Principal Investigator in a number of international and national trials.

Mr Brand has presented research outcomes and educational lectures, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He is Associate Editor for the Royal College of Ophthalmology Journal, ‘Eye’, and reviewer for a number of peer review journals. Mr Brand has also reviewed on behalf of NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) which provides evidence-based guidance, advice and information services for health, public health and social care professionals. Mr Brand has received payment from Allergan, Bayer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer for attendance at advisory board meetings. He has received payment for giving lectures and talks on behalf of Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Eli Lilly, Merck, Sharpe & Dohme, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Spectrum Thea. The Ophthalmology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, has received funding to conduct research on behalf of Alcon, Allergan, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Roche, Quark Pharmaceuticals and a number of National Institute for Health Research sponsored trials.

Mr Fion Bremner,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London

Fion Bremner is a consultant neuro-ophthalmologist working across three sites within London (the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, University College Hospital and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases). His clinical practice covers all aspects of neuro-ophthalmology and he has a research interest in pupil abnormalities and the autonomic nervous system. He has wide experience of teaching and lecturing, both in the UK and abroad, and is secretary of the European Neuro-ophthalmological Society (EUNOS).

Professor David Broadway,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

David Broadway is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, UK, where he established a specialised Glaucoma Service in 1998. He trained in the ophthalmic departments of St Thomas’ Hospital, London, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and that of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where he was Glaucoma Fellow in 1996. More recently he obtained an Honorary Chair at the University of East Anglia.

David’s MD research, carried out at the London Institute of Ophthalmology, focused on trabeculectomy, wound healing and factors affecting the conjunctiva, particularly previous topical medication. At the University of East Anglia he is part of Dr Julie Sanderson’s team (researching human retinal cell and organotypic cultures with respect to glaucoma neuroprotection) and Dr Debi Bhattacharya’s team studying adherence issues. David has been a co-investigator on many multicentre studies and at present is working on the Norfolk EPIC-Eye, LiGHT and TAG studies. He is an author or co-author of over 70 peer-reviewed, glaucoma-related papers published during the last 15 years. David is Director of the Norwich Glaucoma Research Unit and Ophthalmology Directorate Research Lead at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.

Mr John Buchan,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, St James's University Hospital, Leeds

John Buchan works part time as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Leeds, and part time as an Assistant Professor at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2015/16 he worked with the RCOphth as Principal Investigator on the Way Forward project aiming to identify and disseminate progressive working practices evolving from within UK eye departments that drive standards and efficiency in service delivery. During training, he completed an MD at ICEH, and has maintained an active and varied research interest subsequently.

He worked for 4 years with CBM in Sierra Leone developing eye care, before returning to the UK to take up a post leading the Emergency Eye Care service in Leeds. The need for a national body to promote Emergency Eye Care in the UK prompted him to convene a meeting of those in similar roles around the UK, and the British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS) was formed in 2013 of which he is the Vice President.

Having undertaken an Ophthalmic Public Health fellowship post-CCT he deputises as a college representative on the Vision 2020 Public Health Committee, and retains a strong commitment to the application of public health principles to the delivery of sustainable eye care as part of the Leeds Ophthalmic Public Health Team.

Dr Catey Bunce,
Reader in Medical Statistics, King’s College London

Dr Catey Bunce is a Reader in Medical Statistics based at King's College London. She has worked in ophthalmic research for over 20 years and has honorary positions at the NIHR Moorfields BRC and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Catey chairs the virtual CVI committee which oversees data captured during certification as sight impaired in England and Wales and is statistical editor for the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group. She leads the Ophthalmology Research section of the NIHR Statistics Group and has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Mr Michael Burdon,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Michael Burdon is a consultant ophthalmologist with an interest in neuro-ophthalmology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He underwent subspecialty training in Brisbane, St Thomas' Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is Chairman of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Scientific Committee and the British Isles Neuro-Ophthalmology Club. He has an established reputation as a teacher of neuro-ophthalmology, speaking at numerous national and international meetings, and co-authoring "The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide" with Anthony Pane and Neil Miller. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management (including surgical correction) of adult motility disorders. His main research interests are papilloedema and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Mr Ben Burton,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, James Paget University Hospital, Great Yarmouth

Ben Burton studied medicine in Cambridge and University College London before doing MRCP at the Brompton. Realising this was a huge mistake and that he really wanted to be a landscape gardener his first midlife crisis began and he hasn't looked back. In order to earn enough money to facilitate this career switch he swapped to ophthalmology and spent the next ten years being asked why he hadn't had laser refractive surgery at dinner parties.

Leaving Moorfields in 2007 to take up a consultant job in Great Yarmouth he moved with wife and 4 children to live the good life. No more concerns about whether your 2 bedroom flat has doubled or tripled in value in the last two months, but more anxiety about what sort of ride on lawn mower to get and how to stop your chickens getting red mite. Whilst waiting for the in invitation to join the RHS judging panel he has set up the ARMD service at the James Paget University Hospital, become Director of Research and Development and runs the largest retinal trials unit in East Anglia. He plans to build a dedicated research unit at the hospital surrounded by some really nice cloud pruned Hornbeam underplanted with Agapanthus and interlaced with some hard landscaping and water features.


Paul Cauchi,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow


Paul Cauchi qualified from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London in 1996. He went into ophthalmology straight after completing his House Jobs. His interest in ophthalmology was ignited by his grandfather who was an accomplished ophthalmologist in Malta and Gozo and was a member of The WHO Trachoma committee. His early training was mainly in The South of England but travelled North of The Border to Aberdeen and Inverness to complete his Specialist Registrar training. He completed a Fellowship in oculoplastics and ocular oncology in Glasgow and recently spent 3 weeks at a large tertiary referral hospital in Shanghai to gain more orbital experience.

He works in Glasgow with subspecialty interests in oculoplastics, orbit, lacrimal, thyroid eye disease and ocular oncology. He helps run the National Ocular Oncology service in Scotland with his newly appointed colleague Vikas Chadha. He is a former regional representative of The British Oculoplastic Surgery Society and hosted the last annual meeting in Glasgow. He is on the faculty for The European School of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO) and teaches at The Oculoplastics Course annually.

Professor David Carruthers,
Consultant Rheumatologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust


David Carruthers is a Consultant Rheumatologist with a specialist interest in vasculitis. He has a long term collaboration with ophthalmology, with more recent focus on the National Behcets service in Birmingham. He has a strong educational background and is currently the Director of Medical Education in Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Usha Chakravarthy,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University, Belfast


Usha Chakravarthy is Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences in the Queen’s University of Belfast. She has a varied portfolio of research interests and she has worked on the cell and molecular biology of vasoactive retinal peptides and profiled the alterations in gene expression in the retina under conditions of simulated hyperglycaemia in experimental in vitro and vivo studies. Her current research involves studies on understanding of retinal and choroidal vascular diseases as well as degenerative aging changes contributing to sight loss in older adults. She is recognised internationally for her work on age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Her interests lie in the pathogenesis and key risk factors including gene and environment interactions and clinical management of these disorders.

Usha has in excess of 200 publications and many book chapters. She is the current chairperson of the ophthalmology specialty group for UKCRN and is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Academic Group. On an international level she is on the advisory panel for the AMD alliance, Laskar Foundation, represents the international community in the Macula Society, is program committee member for the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology and external examiner and advisor to the University of Malaya. She has been on the editorial board of several national and international journals and is currently EBM for Ophthalmic Epidemiology and on the oversight committee for JAMA ophthalmology. She is a member of the scientific panel for German Medical Research Council and the Australian Health Foundation. Professor Chakravarthy has delivered many eponymous and other invited lectures in the UK and abroad and currently serves on the advisory boards of several national and international governmental organisations.

Aman Chandra, BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCOphth PhD MFSTEd FRCSEd,
Consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at Southend University Hospital, UK


He trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne.

He has led multi centred research investigating the genetics of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments and ectopia lentis. He co discovered the first genetic association for retinal detachments and has provided the definitive genetic analysis for ectopia lentis. For this work, he was awarded a PhD from the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, and the Syme Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). He is recognised as an ophthalmic expert on Marfan Syndrome and acts as a medical advisor to Marfan Association UK. He peer reviews scientific papers for numerous medical journals and is a section editor for the journal Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; journal of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

He is currently Research lead for Ophthalmology at Southend and for the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS).

Mr Gerry Clare,
Medical Director, St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

An experienced cataract and refractive surgeon, Gerry Clare has an interest in infectious eye diseases. In 2015, he became probably the first ophthalmologist ever to go on a mission with Médecins Sans Frontières, as part of their response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia. He returned under the US National Institutes of Health to investigate the effects of Ebola on the eye. He is currently consulting for MSF on a multi-drug resistant TB drugs trial in Uzbekistan, Belarus and Southern Africa.

In 2013, Gerry was awarded a Ph.D. for the development of a novel treatment for corneal injuries. Having retired from the British Army as lieutenant colonel in 2014, he went on to receive training in advanced corneal laser refractive surgery. Currently, he sits on the International Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and is a Cochrane Review Editor and Associate Editor of International Ophthalmology. This year, he supervised a student from the Palestinian Territories on the Master’s degree course in Public Health in Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In July, Gerry joined a team of GPs to set up a makeshift clinic for refugees in the Calais “Jungle”.

Miss Melanie Corbett,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Western Eye Hospital, London

Melanie Corbett is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Western Eye Hospital, Imperial NHS Trust. She specialises in Cornea, Ocular Surface and Anterior Segment surgery. Her MD thesis was on corneal wound healing after excimer laser refractive surgery, she has published a book on corneal topography, and was President of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association. Her current special interests include high risk corneal grafting, ocular surface disease, and complex cataract / anterior segment reconstruction.

Miss Corbett has a longstanding interest in training, and held many positions including Chairman of the Ophthalmic Trainees Group, College Tutor, Regional Advisor and Lead Training Programme Director for North Thames. At The Royal College she is currently on the Education and Curriculum Committees as well as Council and Executive.

As Chair of the RCOphth Training the Trainers Subcommittee for the last 5 years she has been responsible for supporting and developing trainers across the UK and overseas, particularly in Africa. She has redesigned the TTT programme to target four levels of trainer (Advanced, College Tutors, Supervisors and Trainees), and is collaborating with E-Learning for Health (e-lfh) to produce on-line learning material. Miss Corbett has been a London Deanery qualified mentor for over 8 years, and enjoys supporting and developing individuals

Professor Francesca Cordeiro,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Western Eye Hospital, London

Professor M Francesca Cordeiro, is a clinician scientist. She currently heads the "Glaucoma and Retinal Neurodegeneration Research Group" at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and is an Honorary Glaucoma Consultant Ophthalmologist/Research Lead at the Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, where she is Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit, Chairman of ICORG (Imperial College Ophthalmic Research Group) and Hon. Professor/ Head of Academic Ophthalmology Imperial College London.

She qualified in medicine from St Bartholomew’s Hospital University of London and completed training in general and surgical ophthalmology at Moorfield’s Eye & St Thomas’ Hospitals in London in 2003, following her PhD at UCL in 1998. Her research mainly funded through the Wellcome Trust, is focused on the molecular mechanisms involved in either the treatment or pathogenesis of retinal neurodegenerative diseases, including glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes. She has investigated novel and translational approaches to these problems, and has received a number of international awards for this work, including the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize 2005 and Research to Prevent Blindness International Research Scholar Award USA 2015.

She serves on a number of international committees including the European Glaucoma Society, EVICRnet and EVER, and has a special interest in neuroprotection in glaucoma and neurodegenerative diseases, and currently chairs the EGS Neuroprotection SIG. She is on the Editorial Board of various journals including Investigative Ophthalmology, Experimental Eye Research, Ophthalmic Research and Scientifica. She has been graduate tutor at UCL and teaches modules and mentors under- and post-graduates and ophthalmologists, and is a Trustee for Fight for Sight Charity.

Professor Sarah Coupland,
Senior Consultant Histopathologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Prof Sarah Coupland is a senior Consultant Histopathologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and is also the George Holt Chair of Pathology at the University of Liverpool. Areas of expertise include Ophthalmic Pathology and Oncology, Haematopathology, Molecular Pathology, and Biobanking.

She leads the ‘Liverpool-Ocular-Oncology-Research-Group’ (www.loorg.org), and is founding Director of the ‘North West Cancer Research Centre - UoL’ (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/nwcrc/).

Prof Coupland is current President of the “International Society of Ophthalmic Pathology” (ISOP); Eye-Pathology section Lead for the “European Society of Pathology” (ESP); “Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)” Trustee in ‘Anatomy-Pathology-Oncology’; ARVO Vice-President Elect; Immediate-Past-President of the European “Ophthalmic-Oncology-Group” (OOG), and is Vice-Chair of the Ophthalmic Oncology Committee for the 8th TNM/AJCC Staging System. She has published ~230 scientific articles (H-index, 38), and has written ~50 Chapters.

Mrs Tracy Crowley,
Head Orthoptist, Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Tracy joined Hinchingbrooke in May 2010 as Head Orthoptist. Her role includes both clinical and managerial aspects and she currently leads a team of orthoptists and visual fields technicians. She studied orthoptics at the University of Liverpool, qualifying in 1996, and has practiced her profession for the past 20 years. After a brief time as a basic grade orthoptist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, she spent 9 years at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, being promoted to Lead Orthoptic Clinical Tutor during this time, before taking up a Head Orthoptist post at East & North Herts NHS Trust, and then a further Head Orthoptist post at Milton Keynes NHS Trust just over 3 years later. She studied for a 3-year Master’s Degree in Science with the Open University, which she completed in 2005, whilst continuing to work full time, and has recently undertaken the Mary Seacole NHS Leadership programme. She is currently involved in teaching orthoptics on the optometry undergraduate degree course in Trinidad at the University of the West Indies, where she delivers lectures and demonstrates patient assessments to 3rd & 4th year students, qualified optometrists, university lecturers and junior doctors, who all come from far and wide when they hear an orthoptist is in the Caribbean!


Jean-Pierre Danjoux MB BS; FRCOphth; CertLRS,
Consultant Ophthalmologist Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Director of site for eyes


Mr Danjoux attended the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified in 1985. He completed training in Ophthalmology in Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland. Following a Fellowship in Corneal and Refractive Surgery in Sydney, Australia Mr Danjoux was appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist at Sunderland Eye Infirmary in 1997, specialising in Refractive and Cataract Surgery together with Corneal Diseases.

He established 'site for eyes' Refractive Surgery Centre based in Sunderland Eye Infirmary. Mr Danjoux has contributed several papers on Corneal and Refractive Surgery to peer-reviewed journals, together with textbook chapters on excimer laser treatment. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. As a member of the Refractive Surgery Assessment Committee Mr Danjoux helped to establish the Assessment in Refractive Laser Surgery for the College. As a specialist advisor to NICE, Mr Danjoux has assisted with the publication of Interventional Procedure Guidance on Collagen Cross Linking and Refractive Laser Surgery.

Mr Danjoux has given numerous presentations and lectures, both nationally and internationally He is a founder member, past Treasurer and previous Council member of the ‘British Society for Refractive Surgery’. Mr Danjoux is also a member of the ‘European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons’ and the ‘United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons’ of which he has served as Council member.

Miss Clare Davey,
Chair of the International Committee, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists


Clare Davey was a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital for 27 years, and is now chair of the International Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and leads a Vision 2020 LINKS programme between the Royal Free and Mulago Hospital , Kampala, Uganda. She is a keen examiner and is deputy Chair of Exams of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Miss Margaret Dayan,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Margaret is a Consultant Ophthalmologist, the Neuro-ophthalmology Clinical Service Lead at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and an Associate Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle University. She is also the Secretary of the British Isles Neuro-ophthalmology Club (BINOC). She graduated from Oxford and trained in Leeds and the Northern Region before undertaking a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology and ocular motility in Oxford. Her subspecialist interests are neuro-ophthalmology, adult ocular motility and botulinum toxin treatment and she receives referrals from all over the region. She also works closely with the regional neurorehabilitation service and sees patients with visual impairment (including higher cognitive visual dysfunction) secondary to brain injuries. She established the bi-annual Newcastle Course on Orbital and Neuro-Imaging for Ophthalmology which has attendees from all over the UK and was convenor for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Neuro-ophthalmology seminar in 2015 as well as being a regular speaker on neuro-ophthalmology courses.

Professor Andrew Dick,
Director of UCL-Institute of Opthalmology, Duke-Elder Chair of Ophthalmology UCL & Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Bristol

Andrew Dick is currently Duke Elder Chair of Ophthalmology, UCL and Joint Research Director for UCL-Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital and Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Bristol. Andrew undertook MRCP training prior to entering ophthalmology training and finally Lectureship with Professor John Forrester in Aberdeen Scotland to further his clinician-scientist training. He was an MRC Post-Doctoral Fellow and then Senior Lecturer at University of Aberdeen until his move to University of Bristol in 2000 as Professor of Ophthalmology. In 2007 he was elected and awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He remains an active researcher with over 250 peer review publications and lead laboratory and clinical research groups in the field of immunobiology and inflammation research. He is currently on the Faculty of the National Institute of Health Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was instrumental in developing the integrative infrastructure and research facilitates for the team to deliver opportunity and choice to our patients through research trials as well as ensure management of complex ocular inflammatory disease are evidence based and are at the forefront globally.

Mr Mahmut Dogramaci,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex

Mahmut Dogramaci is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, Harlow, Essex, UK. His main area of research interest is the safety and quality in ocular surgery through digital and physical modelling. He has published more than 17 papers, contributed in two book and owns patented inventions. He has regularly presented his research work through more than 20 oral and 16 poster presentation across Europe and the United states. He has five years’ experience at consultant level in the NHS and 2 years as college tutor and educational supervisor.

Professor Ron Douglas,
Professor, Department of Optometry and Visual Science, City, University of London

Ron Douglas graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc in Biology in 1977 and the University of Stirling with a PhD (‘visual adaptation and spectral sensitivity in the rainbow trout’) in 1980. After brief spells at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Ulm and the University of Sussex, he became a member of staff in Optometry at City University in 2004, where he has been ever since, currently holding a personal chair in Visual Science.

His main research interests are almost any aspect of vision in animals including; retinal biology, pupilography, visual optics, colour vision and depth perception. Although the vast majority of his research would be classed as ‘basic science’, he has used the pupil response to; characterise a novel mammalian photoreceptor, investigate the potential of photoreceptor precursors in retinal transplantation and to investigate retinal function in a model of dominant optic atrophy. His main interest, however, is the visual system of deep-sea fish, to which end he spends as much time at sea as possible.

Mrs Jo Duvall-Young,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Mrs Jo Duvall-Young trained largely in Edinburgh and undertook an eighteen month fellowship in experimental pathology at the University of Illinois, working on the physiology and pathology of the macula. In 1987, she was appointed as consultant to the newly established department of ophthalmology at Walton Hospital in Liverpool. In 1994 she moved to Buckinghamshire, working in High Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Mrs Duvall- Young left in 2005 and in 2012 undertook locum work in Manchester and at Alder Hey Hospital. She is currently working at Arrowe Park Hospital as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon.


Bassey A. Etim MB;BCh,FMCOph,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar and Senior lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of Calabar, Nigeria


Mr Bassey Etim graduated from the University of Calabar, Nigeria in 1998 and went on to be a fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical college of Nigeria, 2009. His ares of specialty is the retina and general ophthalmology, with a special interest in community ophthalmology, cataract surgery and oculoplastic surgery.

He is currently involved in the Vision 2020 Links project as a member of Calabar-Wolverhampton links, anchoring the Leadership/Facilitation training cascading workshops in Calabar, Nigeria.


Professor Paul Foster,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London


Paul Foster was appointed Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Glaucoma Studies at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in October 2011. He has been a consultant glaucoma surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital since March 2004, and is a faculty member of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology. A graduate of Nottingham University Medical School, his residency training was at Oxford Eye Hospital, and Moorfields Eye Hospital. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD for research on the epidemiology of glaucoma in East Asian people. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London. Current scientific interests include the epidemiology and environmental determinants of glaucoma and refractive error, surgical management of glaucoma and screening and prevention of glaucoma in East Asia.

Professor Foster has published 190 peer-reviewed papers, 14 book chapters and 3 journal editorials. Prior to appointment as a consultant, Paul Foster was elected a member of the Glaucoma Research Society, which is limited to 100 active members worldwide, promoting excellence in glaucoma research. He currently is a Trustee of the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness, and Chairs BCPB’s Scientific Advisory Panel. He was awarded the Sydney University’s Claffy Medal, the Ron Lowe Medal by the Australia & New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group, and won the Moorfields Eye Hospital gold medal for research in glaucoma. Together with collaborators, he has raised research grant awards of £ 6.75 million, and been involved in consortium grant applications for a further £ 18.3 million


Professor Ted Garway-Heath,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London


Professor Garway-Heath leads research in visual assessment and imaging at the Biomedical Research Centre of the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). His research focuses on the development and evaluation of the techniques for effective diagnosis, monitoring and management of glaucoma, the identification of risk factors for glaucoma progression, and decision-support systems for healthcare delivery services. His work has contributed to the understanding of structure-function relationship in glaucoma, and his pioneering work in imaging has contributed to an ever-increasing use of the technique in glaucoma management. He conducted the first randomized placebo-controlled trial to show visual field preservation in glaucoma patients with an IOP-lowering drug. The findings reported in The Lancet indicated that the study design enabled a considerable reduction in the period needed to identify treatment effects, thus increasing the likelihood of bringing new drugs more quickly and more cost-effectively to patients.

Professor Garway-Heath is Vice President of the European Glaucoma Society (EGS), Vice President of the Imaging and Perimetry Society (IPS), and Chair of the Membership Committee of the Glaucoma Research Society (GRS). He has been recipient of the Alcon Research Institute Award and the World Glaucoma Association Senior Clinician Scientist Research Recognition Award, and is one of only few Senior Investigators in Ophthalmology of the UK National Institute for Health Research.

Mr Gus Gazzard,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Gus Gazzard completed undergraduate and medical school training at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. He was made a Consultant in the Glaucoma Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2009 after a Clinical Fellowship at Moorfields 2006-08 and a Research Fellowship with Prof Peng Khaw in Singapore 1999-2002, where he ran and established several clinical trials investigating the surgical treatments of glaucoma (including the Singapore-5FU and the ACLIPS trials, both published in Ophthalmology). Gus’ interests in the drop-free treatments of glaucoma continues with his current research: he has introduced the “Trabectome” procedure to Moorfields and is training surgeons in the use of the Trabectome, iStents and the Hydrus; has established two large, 6 year, studies of laser treatment in the UK and China; is collaborating with Johns Hopkins (US) on defining outcomes for Minimally Invasive Glaucoma surgeries and is hoping to set up an international multicentre randomised controlled trial of MIGS devices.

In 2012 he established, as Chief Investigator, the 6 year NIHR-HTA funded (£1.7m) multi-centre LiGHT trial of selective laser trabeculoplasty which completed recruitment in October 2014 – on target, on-time and is due to complete in 2018.

In 2015 the sister trial, LiGHT-China, began enrolment of 850 subjects in collaboration with Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou.

Gus’ other clinical research interests as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, include angle closure glaucoma, selective laser trabeculoplasty, randomised controlled trials of glaucoma treatments and anterior segment imaging. He is collaborating on the TAGS trial of surgery for advanced glaucoma, a member of the EAGLE Study Group (an international multi-centre study of early lens extraction in angle-closure), on the advisory board for the ZAP trial (assessing preventative laser iridotomy), co-founded the European Glaucoma Society Special Interest Group in Angle Closure and was Clinical Director for Moorfields South, including St George’s teaching hospital, until 2013 when he took up his academic position at UCL.

Dr Nick George,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Dr Nick George is a Consultant in Paediatric Ophthalmology, as well as General Ophthalmology at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. He graduated from Nottingham University in 1985 and trained in Cambridge, Leeds, Sydney and San Francisco before taking up a consultant post in Leeds in 1997. He enjoys all aspects of Paediatric Ophthalmology but has a special interest in Genetic Eye Diseases.

Mr Dan Gore,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Mr Daniel Gore is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon in the external eye disease department at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and lead clinician for the early keratoconus and corneal cross-linking service. He completed three years’ prior corneal sub-specialty fellowship training, with a principal interest in new surgical interventions for keratoconus. Dan combines his clinical work with research sessions investigating novel iterations in combined cross-linking with laser refractive surgery.

Mrs Melanie Hingorani,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London


Mrs Hingorani is a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in paediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. She qualified from Oxford University and Guy’s Hospital Medical Schools. She obtained an MD (research in pathophysiology and treatment of severe allergic eye disease) at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and trained in North London particularly at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital.

She has a particular interest in paediatric external eye disease and corneal disorders and also in clinical governance and safety in ophthalmic care. She was Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at Moorfields for six years and now leads Moorfields Vanguard Programme. She is Chair of the College Quality and Safety Group and sits on the Scientific and Professional Standards Committee and the National Ophthalmic Audit Steering Group.

Professor Esther Hoffmann,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, Mainz, Germany

Professor Esther Hoffmann is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of the Glaucoma Department at the University of Mainz, Germany. She graduated medical school in Mainz, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland in 1999 before taking up a residency in ophthalmology in Mainz. She became associate professor in 2014.

Professor Hoffmann’s research interests include optic nerve head and RNFL imaging in glaucoma, early glaucoma diagnosis using different tonometry devices, glaucoma surgery with a special interest in childhood glaucoma surgery, epidemiology in glaucoma and clinical trials. In 2007, she was awarded the Dagmar Eibner award from the University of Mainz for excellent scientific work of young female researchers.

Professor Hoffmann is a member of the Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG), a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), a member of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), a faculty member of the world glaucoma association (WGA) and Chairman of glaucoma section of the DOG.

Miss Stella Hornby,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oxford Eye Hospital

Miss Stella Hornby is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. She runs the eye emergency department in Oxford and primary care ophthalmology clinics in hospital and community settings. Her job is best described as being “like a GP for eyes.” Since 2008 she has led the Eye Emergency department team in Oxford and is a member of the local Eye Services redesign team and also the local Eye Health Professional network.

Stella is known for her diagnostic skills, efficiency and ‘common-sense’ approach to ophthalmology. She is the primary care representative on the RCOphth Professional Standards Committee. She co-authored the commissioning guidelines on Primary Care Ophthalmology and another on Urgent Eye Conditions (available on the RCOphth website). She and 2 GPSI colleagues provide training courses for GPs on ophthalmology.

She studied at Cambridge and was a registrar in the Oxford region with subspecialty training in medical retina. She was awarded a Noble Prize for her MD thesis on childhood blindness in India from Cambridge & the McCartney Prize for pathology in FRCOphth and got her CCST in 2003. She has won prizes for e-learning about Ophthalmology for medical students and GPS as well as an “Excellent Teacher Award” by the Medical Sciences Division of Oxford University.


Professor Nicholas Jones,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital


Nicholas Jones underwent his undergraduate training at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester, and postgraduate training in ophthalmology at Southampton and Manchester, UK. In 1991 he created the Manchester Uveitis Clinic, now in its 26th year and one of the busiest in the world, which has treated over 4,000 patients with uveitis from the North of England, Wales and beyond. He is the author of two textbooks: “Uveitis: An Illustrated Manual” which won the Royal Society of Medicine Book Prize in 1999, and “Uveitis: Second Edition” in 2012. He has also written a history of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital for its bicentenary in 2014, numerous book chapters and approaching 100 peer-reviewed papers.

The Manchester Uveitis Clinic team has a high research output; the main current interests are on the diagnosis and management of sarcoidosis and tuberculosis, on new imaging in uveitis, and on secondary glaucoma. Professor Jones is a member of the International Uveitis Study Group and the American Uveitis Society, is a founder faculty member of the Moorfields and Euretina Uveitis Courses, and is regularly invited to lecture and teach nationally and internationally.


Mr Pearse Keane,
NIHR Clinician Scientist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London


Pearse A. Keane, MD, FRCOphth, is an honorary consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and an NIHR Clinician Scientist, based at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (UCL).

Dr Keane specialises in applied clinical imaging research, with a particular interest in optical coherence tomography (OCT). He joined Moorfields in 2010 as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer; prior to this, he carried out OCT research with leaders in the field at the Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles. He is originally from Ireland and received his medical degree from University College Dublin (UCD).

Professor Sir Peng Khaw,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Professor Khaw has a special interest in the surgical management of paediatric glaucoma. He has developed improved surgical techniques including the Moorfields Safer Surgery System, which has markedly improved the safety and outcome of antimetabolite assisted trabeculectomy for children and adults with glaucoma. He has helped raise funding for research and buildings, including the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre, which is the largest children’s eye hospital in the world.

Professor Anthony King,
Honorary Professor Clinical Ophthalmology, University Hospital Nottingham

Anthony qualified from University College Galway in 1987 and undertook his ophthalmology postgraduate training in the UK. He was awarded an MD “Progression to blindness in Glaucoma” from the University of Leicester and undertook fellowship training in Glaucoma in London at the Western Ophthalmic and Anterior Segment and Cornea in Nottingham.

He is currently a consultant ophthalmologist with a subspecialist interest in glaucoma at Nottingham University Hospital and an Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham. His primary research interest is in the clinical management of glaucoma particularly advanced glaucoma. He has received research funding support from the NIHR-HTA program and the International Glaucoma Association. He is currently the Chief Investigator of the NIHR funded Treatment of Advanced Glaucoma Study (TAGS) and the IGA funded Evaluation of Ocular Surface Inflammation Study. He has published extensively and lectured throughout the UK and Europe. He is a past Chairman of the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society and currently the Royal College of Ophthalmologist glaucoma lead for development of a National Ophthalmic Database.

Professor Ferenc Kuhn,
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA

Professor Ferenc Kuhn is a vitreoretinal and trauma specialist. He is President of the International Society of Ocular Trauma and immediate past President of the American Society of Ocular Trauma, President of Clinical Research for the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, and a Board Member of the European Vitreoretinal Society.

In 1995, he published the internationally standardized terminology of ocular trauma (BETT), and in 1998 an objective method to prognosticate the prognosis of a serious eye injury (OTS). Professor Kuhn has published 6 textbooks, almost 250 articles and book chapters, over 1,700 scientific presentations in the fields of vitreoretinal surgery and ocular trauma, has been an invited speaker in 56 countries on 6 continents, and holds numerous international awards.

Mrs Archana Kulkarni,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Warwick Hospital

Archana Kulkarni is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Warwick Hospital since 2014. She completed her training in the West Midlands, followed by a paediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Birmingham Children's Hospital and a combined paediatric Ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Her interests include paediatric and adult strabismus and motility disorders, paediatric optic nerve pathology and ciliopathies. Archana has an active research interest and contributes to the National Rare Diseases Service at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and is involved in the multidisciplinary clinics and research in Wolfram, Alstrom and Bardet Biedl syndromes.

She has established the Warwickshire I-Sight Support (WISS) group to integrate support for children and young adults with visual impairment. She has also founded the Sight and Beyond Group and a website for assistive technology to help children with sight impairment. Her interest in sport has led her to be involved with British Blind Sports UK and is also actively involved in overseas projects.

Mr Alistair Laidlaw,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London


Alistair Laidlaw is a Consultant Vitreo Retinal Surgeon at St Thomas' Hospital, London and The Maidstone Hospital in Kent. He trained in Newcastle and Bristol prior to Senior Registrar and Fellow posts at Moorfields. He has research interests in VR surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy and Visual Assessment. Mr Laidlaw has been Honorary Secretary and is now President of the British and Eire Association of Vitreo Retinal Surgeons. He is an elected member of the Euretina board.

Mr Frank Larkin,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Frank Larkin is a consultant ophthalmologist in the Cornea & External Diseases service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, where he holds three referral clinics weekly. His research has mainly concerned corneal transplantation, ranging from the pathways to immune rejection in experimental animal models and biology of the corneal endothelium to graft outcomes in patients. His most recent research grant supports a clinical trial of corneal cross-linking in children with progressive keratoconus. In the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre he led the Cornea theme 2007-12 and has been director of the NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility since 2012. Since 2012 he also has chaired the Audit & Clinical Research sub-committee of Corneal Advisory Group which advises NHS Blood & Transplant and has published over 20 national transplant outcomes audits in international journals.

Ms Genevieve Larkin,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, King's College Hospital, London

Ms Genevieve Larkin has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kings College Hospital since 2000. A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway she started her ophthalmology training in the Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin completing it in London. She then did a fellowship in Uveitis at Moorefield’s Eye Hospital and subsequently The National Eye Institute, Maryland with the late Bob Nussenblatt. Her practice is across a broad spectrum of ocular inflammatory diseases including uveitis, orbital disease and dysfunctional tear syndromes. She has recently been appointed to the College Scientific Committee representing uveitis, is on the council for the British Sjogrens Syndrome Association, and a member of the National Birdshot Research Network committee.

Professor Andrew Lee ,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA

Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is chair of the Blanton Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH) in Houston, Texas. He is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He additionally carries appointments as Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and at Baylor College of Medicine; and Clinical Professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC). He is the Program Associate Director of the newly (2014) integrated UTMB/HMH ophthalmology residency program.

Dr Lee has served on the national and international Editorial Board of over 20 journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology, and Eye. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical and Academic Ophthalmology. In 2011 he was named by Becker’s ASC Review as one of the 135 leading ophthalmologists in America and was included in the US News and World Report’s list of Top Doctors. He was awarded the Senior Achievement Award and the Secretariat Award (twice) by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has also received the teaching award seven times at five different academic institutions.

Dr Lee has published over 400 peer-reviewed publications, 40 book chapters, and nine full textbooks in ophthalmology. He has been the invited speaker at over 500 national and international eye meetings and has delivered 14 named lectures.

Professor Chris Lloyd,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London & Honorary Professor in Paediatric Ophthalmology, University of Manchester

Professor Chris Lloyd is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and holds an honorary Chair from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester. He became Manchester's first sub-specialist Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist in 1995 after training at St Bartholomew’s' Hospital London, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and as a clinical fellow at Great Ormond Street. He and his colleagues have developed the MREH paediatric eye service into a large tertiary referral and teaching centre which currently trains 3 clinical fellows in paediatric ophthalmology per year. Chris has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, 11 book chapters and a textbook on paediatric cataract. He regularly lectures nationally and internationally.

He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in the diagnosis and management of childhood cataract and established a dedicated clinic in Manchester for affected children. He has collaborated with Professor Graeme Black and the ManGen team in the development (and subsequent introduction to the NHS) of a targeted next generation sequencing panel for improving precision of diagnosis of children with cataract. Over the last 12 years he has organised or participated in several workshops on paediatric cataract management at both AAPOS (the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) and the Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has recently published (with Prof Scott Lambert of Stanford University, California) a textbook on Congenital Cataract diagnosis and management. He received the University of Sydney's Claffy medal in 2006 for his work in this field. He is currently Chairman of the Paediatric Sub-committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Mr Vernon Long,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds

Vernon Long has been a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist in Leeds for twelve years. His specialty registrar training was in Dublin. He then did a paediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology fellowship in Leicester before travelling to Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital for a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology. He has a wide range of paediatric ophthalmology experience including ROP, paediatric uveitis, cataracts, genetics and neuro-ophthalmology.

He is an honorary senior lecturer and leads the undergraduate Ophthalmology module for medical students. He is a member of the RCOphth paediatric ophthalmology sub-committee and also is their representative on the Vision 2020 children’s’ and young person’s low vision group. He enjoys the wide range of difficult professional challenges presented to him in paediatric ophthalmology and appreciates the help and support offered to him from his colleagues form Leeds and beyond.

Mr Simon Longstaff,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

After graduating from Dundee Medical School, with junior posts in Dundee, Sheffield and Fellowship with Roger Hitchings, Simon Longstaff has been the Glaucoma subspecialist in Sheffield for over twenty years. He developed Virtual Glaucoma Clinics shortly after appointment making a huge impact on coping with the outpatient load. This model is increasingly taken up by other UK Glaucoma Units. Twenty years ago, using equipment, now mostly found in the College Museum, he introduced phacoemulsification cataract surgery to Sheffield, one of the first UK Units to adopt this technique. With MIGS techniques ideally placed to complement small incision cataract surgery he was the first to introduce Trabectome to the UK and now has over four years’ experience of this technique. Outside Ophthalmology he recently gave up aerobatics to concentrate on small keelboat racing as continuation of his aspiration to leave his children, and the taxman, not one penny!

Dr Alice Lorenzi,
Consultant Rheumatologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alice Lorenzi qualified from Oxford University in 1997 and completed her basic medical rotations in Bristol and Leeds. In 2002 she was awarded an ARC (now ARUK) Clinical Training Fellowship and completed a period of research working in the laboratory of Prof John Isaacs developing molecular and cellular techniques for measuring thymic function in autoimmune disease. She was awarded her PhD in 2008 from Newcastle University and completed her speciality training in the Northern Region before being appointed Consultant Rheumatologist in the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2009. She has a clinical specialist interest in connective tissue diseases and works with colleagues in Ophthalmology and Rheumatology deliver a large GCA FAST track service.

Professor Andrew Lotery,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Southampton General Hospital

Professor Andrew Lotery runs an integrated laboratory and clinical ophthalmic research program, dividing his week between directing vision research in the Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Unit at The University of Southampton and his clinical responsibilities seeing patients in Southampton Eye Unit. His initial training in ophthalmology was carried out in Belfast, followed by four years in Iowa. He was appointed Chair of Ophthalmology at Southampton in 2002.

His specialty is medical retina with major research interests in age-related macular degeneration, ophthalmic genetics and gene and stem cell therapies. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Eye. He has been awarded the Nettleship Award for Research by the Royal College of Ophthalmology and was listed in the Times as one of the United Kingdom’s top 100 doctors. He has been twice awarded Senior Investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research and sits on the Department of Transport’s visual standards committee. He was given a special award by the Macular Disease society for his work on juvenile macular diseases. He and his team have published over 170 papers in high impact journals including Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Professor Philip Luthert,
Director and Professor of Pathology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London

Phil Luthert trained in Medicine at University College London and St George’s London and after some time in clinical medicine, with a particular interest in neurology, he moved to neuropathology at the Institute of Psychiatry. Research interests then included the pathobiology of the blood-brain barrier, neurodegenerative diseases including those associated with dementia and with movement disorders and the effect of HIV infection on the nervous system. Latterly a major interest was the neuropathology of autism. A parallel interest included the development of brain banking for research.

In 1994 he moved to the Institute of Ophthalmology, which subsequently became part of UCL, as the Chair of Pathology in the Department established by Norman Ashton shortly after Sir Stewart Duke-Elder created the Institute of Ophthalmology. To learn sufficient ophthalmic pathology he spent some time with Dick Green at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore. Research interests then included the pathogenesis of inherited retinal degeneration and the use of growth factors for photoreceptor rescue. Subsequently, he became Deputy Director of the Institute of Ophthalmology and in 2015, he became Director, as post he still holds. He is also non-executive Director of Moorfields Eye Hospital and Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee there. Research interests remain broad, but over the last few years the focus has been on meeting the challenge of understanding complex, age-related disease, notably age-related macular degeneration. The approach has been to use computational approaches in an attempt to draw together different components of disease in an integrated, as opposed to reductionist fashion.

Professor Caroline MacEwen,
President of RCOphth and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee


Professor Caroline (Carrie) MacEwen is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Dundee. She trained in Glasgow, Dundee and London and her subspecialty clinical interest lies in the field of eye movement disorders and squint. Research interests include epidemiology of ocular trauma, paediatric eye disease and the clinical management of strabismus. She has published more than 140 papers and written and contributed to textbooks for both undergraduate students and qualified doctors. She has an interest in sport and exercise medicine and was made an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2012. She is an Associate post-graduate Dean in the East of Scotland for flexible medical post graduate training.

Professor Keith Martin,
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Cambridge

Keith Martin was elected as the first Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cambridge in 2010. He is Head of Ophthalmology at the University of Cambridge, Deputy Director of the University’s John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair and an Affiliate Principal Investigator at the Wellcome Trust - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. He is also Academic Lead for Ophthalmology and Lead Clinician for Glaucoma at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a 'Triple First' in Medical Sciences and Neuroscience before completing clinical Training at Oxford University Clinical School, Ophthalmology Residency in Cambridge and Clinical and Research Fellowships in Glaucoma at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore.

Professor Martin established and runs the Glaucoma Research Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, working to develop new treatments for eye disease using stem cells, gene therapy and other techniques. In 2010, Professor Martin won the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research Translational Research Award, an international prize to a researcher from any country under the age of 50 years whose research is judged to have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the treatment of eye disease. He was also a winner of the World Glaucoma Association Senior Clinician Scientist Award in 2011.

Clinically, Professor Martin specialises in the medical and surgical management of complex glaucoma in adults and children. He is Basic Science Section Co-Editor of the Journal of Glaucoma and Vice-President and President Elect of the World Glaucoma Association.

Mr Tim Matthews,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospitals Birmingham

Tim Matthews is a proud Canadian. He has recently been the Clinical Service lead for the Ophthalmology department at University Hospital Birmingham. He has been the lead clinician for the Birmingham Neuro-ophthalmology Unit, the largest Neuro-ophthalmology Unit in the UK with a staff of 5 full time Neuro-ophthalmology consultants serving a population of approximately 5 million. The unit runs an established fellowship program for national and international fellows.

He is a board member of the Quality Outcomes Research Unit at University Hospital Birmingham which has pioneered using electronic data to assess quality in patient care in hospital medicine in the UK. He is a core member of the Birmingham and Black Country LEHN and has been actively engaged in developing a quality framework for assessing Ophthalmology services with the West Midlands Quality Review Service.

He is passionate about teaching and has run successful courses in Strabismus and Neuro-ophthalmology in the UK for over two decades. He has recently been the co-organiser of a national neuro-ophthalmology training program in Denmark. He has been the program director for ophthalmology training in the West Midlands and is currently the Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has previously run the regional Ophthalmology Postgraduate teaching program and is Vice Chair of the Regional Specialty Advisory Committee.

Mr Austin McCormick,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool

Austin McCormick graduated from The University of Sheffield Medical School in 1997. His ophthalmology training continued in Sheffield before moving to Liverpool to complete his ophthalmic surgical training. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2007 and is included on the GMC Specialist Register.

He completed 2 Oculoplastic Fellowships each for 1 year: Auckland, New Zealand and Manchester, UK. During these he specialised in Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery. He specialises in surgical and non-surgical oculofacial rejuvenation in addition to reconstructive eyelid surgery, lacrimal surgery for watery eyes, thyroid eye disease surgery and orbital surgery.

He currently works as a Consultant in the NHS at The University Hospital Aintree, a teaching hospital in Liverpool, providing a regional oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital service. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) and a member of The British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS).

Miss Faye Mellington,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre

Faye Mellington read Medicine at Oxford University and graduated with degrees in Medicine and Physiological Sciences (First class) winning several prizes and awards. After initial experience in Emergency Medicine in Australia, and Anatomy Prosection at Oxford University, she undertook specialist Ophthalmic training in London and then the Oxford Deanery.

Miss Mellington undertook advanced subspecialist training in Oxford and Buckinghamshire and followed by Fellowships in Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre (BMEC) and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Faye Mellington was appointed in February 2015 as a full-time Consultant Ophthalmic, Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgeon at BMEC and an Honorary Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. She specialises in all aspects of eyelid, lacrimal (tear drainage), and orbital disease. She is the lead Orbital Surgeon at BMEC. Miss Mellington has written a number of research papers relating to Oculoplastic surgery and has presented at both national and international meetings. She also has an interest in training and currently supervises an international Oculoplastic Fellow.

Professor Geeta Menon,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley

Professor Geeta Menon is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. She is the Head of School of Ophthalmology at Health Education England across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the Director of Clinical Education at Frimley. She has led the move to Integrated Education at Frimley and her method is used as an exemplar for other units in KSS. In addition to high-volume cataract surgery, she has developed a major interest in medical retina, particularly novel treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and has supported the training of optometrists to run stable AMD clinics as well as nurse and orthoptist injectors. She heads the regional referral centre at Frimley for macular disease and over 50 ophthalmologists from overseas, (Europe, Israel, China and UAE) have visited her department because of its reputation as a Centre of Excellence. Further the UK patient charity the Macular Society awarded her macular service the ‘Clinical Service of the Year’ award 2014.

She is the Head of the Clinical Trials Unit, Chief Investigator in UK for two global studies and Principal Investigator for 18 trials. She is also the Lead for Division 6 for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Local Clinical Research Network looking after research in ten subspecialties including Ophthalmology. The National Institute of Health Research (a body of the United Kingdom government) (NIHR) gave her an award for ‘outstanding contribution to research.” She has published over 25 papers, many in high impact journals. She is a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey.

She is the Director of the Research & Development at Frimley. She is involved in the VISION 2020 links programme and has set up diabetic retinopathy screening in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. She is the Section Editor for the medical retina section of Eye journal.

Dr Neil Miller,
Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, USA

Dr Neil Miller is Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Medical Institutions and the Frank B. Walsh Professor of Neuro-Ophthalmology. He was president of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society from 2000 to 2002 and was president of the International Neuro-Ophthalmology Society in 1982, 1992, and 2008. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology has served as a reviewer for numerous journals, including the British Journal of Ophthalmology and Lancet. He has authored or co-authored 500 articles and 90 chapters, and he has authored or edited 13 books, including the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of “Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology”, “Walsh and Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology: The Essentials”, and with Michael Burdon of the UK and Anthony Pane in Australia “The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide”, a second edition of which will be published later this year. In 2009, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Dr. Miller has spoken at numerous local, national, and international meetings and has given 54 named lectures around the world, including the Jackson Memorial Lecture at the 2001 meeting of the AAO, the Doyne Lecture at the Oxford Congress in the UK in 2006 and the Optic UK Lecture at the 2014 meeting of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Many of Dr Miller’s previous Fellows and residents hold faculty positions at major institutions throughout the United States and around the world.

Mr Moin Mohamed,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Mr Mohamed undertook his training in Sheffield and Leeds with advanced specialty training in retinal disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was the recipient of a prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowship, leading to the award of a PhD for original research into the molecular and genetic basis of inherited eye disease, at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine. He now specialises in medical retinal disease (including diabetes, age-related macular degeneration and genetic eye diseases) and cataract surgery in patients with pre-existing retinal disorders at St Thomas' Hospital, London. He also has a particular interest in utilising new laser and intra-vitreal injection strategies in the management of these conditions.

In addition to running a large medical retinal service, he has a teaching and training commitment for trainee ophthalmologists, is responsible for clinical audit in Ophthalmology at St Thomas', and is involved with an international link for teaching and training at the University Eye Clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Miss Susan Mollan,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospitals Birmingham

Miss Susan Mollan trained as an Ophthalmology Specialist Registrar in the West Midlands and Oxford. She has advanced training in neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus. She has worked for UK professional bodies PMETB, the GMC, the Academy of Royal Colleges and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Her consultant position is at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and she has an honorary contract with the University of Birmingham. She enjoys clinical research, and is situated well within the large team at UHB to investigate rare conditions that affect the eye and brain. Her professional research specialties include Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Giant Cell Arteritis and the development of quantification of disease through ocular imaging.

Dr Mariya Moosajee,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology & Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Dr Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. She graduated with First Class Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2000, Medicine (MBBS) in 2003, and was awarded her PhD in Molecular Ophthalmology in 2009 all from Imperial College London. Her current clinical focus is developing a genomic service for children affected with genetic eye disease.

Dr Moosajee also leads her own research group at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and her specialist interest is understanding the molecular basis of ocular maldevelopment and inherited retinal dystrophies, using zebrafish disease models and human induced pluripotent stem cell derived retinal cells. Through dissecting the molecular and cellular pathways of disease, Dr Moosajee and her team have identified potential therapeutic targets and developed treatment strategies, including nonsense suppression therapy, which is translational and applicable to a wide range of inherited eye disorders.

Mr William Newman,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital


Mr William Newman is a Consultant Paediatric and Neuro-ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. He trained at Bournemouth, Glasgow and London undertaking fellowships in paediatric ophthalmology at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow (Yorkhill) and in neuro-ophthalmology jointly at the National Hospital for Neurology (Queen Square) and Moorfields Eye Hospital. His special interests are in the effects and treatment of visual disorders following eye or brain injury, congenital eye disorders, cataract and the ocular management of craniofacial and oculoplastic disorders. He maintains an adult general, cataract and neuro-ophthalmology service and has an active medicolegal practice particularly in relation to eye and brain trauma in infants and children.

Since he embarked on a career in medicine he has represented and assisted colleagues at senior levels as Student Union President; Chair of the Ophthalmic Trainees Group (OTG); Chair of the Meeting of Specialist Training Representatives at the British Medical Association (BMA) and as such the trainee representative on the then Specialist Training Authority (STA). Mr Newman is currently the College’s Honorary Secretary and has previously been appointed as the College regional representative for Mersey on Council and a member of the Training and Equivalence of Training Committees. He is an active member of the Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Visual Disorders.

Miss Winifred Nolan,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Winifred Nolan is a Consultant Ophthalmologist on the Glaucoma service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Clinical Director of Moorfields South.

Winifred ‘s fellowship training was completed at Moorfields and in Singapore and she spent three years as a consultant in Birmingham prior to taking up this current post in 2010.

Her clinical and research interests include diagnosis and treatment of Primary angle closure glaucoma, epidemiology of glaucoma and management of secondary glaucomas.

Nolan’s publications include peer review papers, editorials and book chapters. Winifred completed an MD thesis at the Institute of Ophthalmology composed of research into the epidemiology of angle closure in Asia and has been an investigator on glaucoma studies in Asia and Africa.

Professor David O’Brart,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London


Professor David O’Brart has been a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in private practice and at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London since 1996. The Guy’s and St Thomas’ group contain one of the world’s leading medical schools and the Ophthalmology Department has an excellent reputation both in the UK and internationally. Mr O’Brart was the director of Glaucoma and Corneal Laser and Refractive Surgery within this department from 1996 to 2006 and from 2006 has been the director of Cornea, External eye disease, Refractive and Anterior Segment Surgery. In recognition of his research work in the field of Cornea, Refractive Surgery and Glaucoma, he was appointed Professor of Ophthalmology and Corneal Science at King’s College, University of London in 2015.

Professor O’Brart is the immediate past President and previous treasurer of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, a past council member and secretary of the British Society of Refractive Surgeons and past-president and secretary of the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He was a co-opted board member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has organised and chaired over fifty symposia on refractive, corneal and cataract surgery and glaucoma at national and international meetings. He has co-authored three books on corneal topography, refractive and corneal surgery and contributed numerous chapters to international ophthalmic text books. He was a founding member of the microsurgical skills committee and is an examiner and specialist advisor to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Medical Health Research Authority for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He continues to take an active interest in research in the fields of refractive surgery, cornea and external eye disease, cataract surgery and glaucoma with over one hundred scientific publications in peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals and an international reputation in the field of corneal, cataract and refractive surgery.

Miss Rachel Pilling,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bradford Royal Infirmary


Rachel is a consultant ophthalmologist working at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She trained in West Yorkshire and undertook a fellowship at Manchester Royal Eye Infirmary before returning to the right side of the Pennines in 2009. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Bradford School of Life Sciences and contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate course development. She has a special interest in paediatric and learning disability ophthalmology, sits on the VISION2020UK Learning Disability Subcommittee and was awarded the Astbury Prize for Collaboration in Eye Care in 2015.

Dr Gordon Plant,
Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

Dr Plant trained in Neurology and in Ophthalmology at The National Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is Fellow of the colleges of both Physicians and Ophthalmologists. He has a particular interest in Neurological disorders affecting vision.

Professor Peter Shah,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham


Professor Peter Shah is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Supra-Regional Glaucoma Specialist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. He is also a Visiting Professor to the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology). He is Honorary Professor of Glaucoma at the Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement at the University of Wolverhampton. Professor Shah is an internationally-recognised leader in Glaucoma Surgery, and also specialises in Complex Cataract Surgery. He has written six Ophthalmology textbooks and has authored over 80 research publications.

Professor Shah is a founder-member of the Midlands Glaucoma Society, past-chair of the British Eye Study Group, Secretary of the Council of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress and a Council member of the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society. Professor Shah has a long-term interest in patient safety and risk management and is a national teacher in these areas. Professor Shah is the leader of the “ReGAE” team – Research into Glaucoma And Ethnicity – which aims to prevent avoidable glaucoma blindness in the diverse ethnic communities of the UK. He is also a member of a team of Eye Surgeons providing charitable support to an Ophthalmic Unit in Tanzania via “Sight For East Africa”. Professor Shah is the current President of the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society. He also set up the Birmingham Institute for Glaucoma Research (within the Institute for Translational Medicine) in 2015.

Dr Alex Sinclair,
NIHR Clinician Scientist and Neurology Consultant, University of Birmingham and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alexandra Sinclair graduated from the University of Birmingham, School of Medicine in 2000 and attained her MRCP in 2003. She then trained as a Neurology Specialist Registrar in the West Midlands before taking time out of her training to pursue research interests as a Medical Research Council, Clinical Research Training Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She attained her PhD in 2010 and subsequently worked as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurology. She now works as a NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Neurology Consultant with a role combining clinical neurology with translational research focusing on idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) at the University of Birmingham and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

She leads the Neurometabolism group, a translational research group focusing on IIH and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) disorders. The lab uses in vitro and in vivo models to assess the relationship between neuroendocrine pathways and CSF secretion. They have a particular interest in the gut neuropeptide GLP-1 and its role in IIH and intracranial pressure (ICP) dynamics. The group is also interested in translational studies to evaluate metabolic profiles in IIH. They are currently running a number of clinical trials related to IIH. 1) Assessing the therapeutic efficacy and safety of an 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 inhibitor: IIH:DT (phase 2 RCT, MRC funded). 2) A randomised controlled trial of bariatric surgery versus a community weight loss programme for the sustained treatment of IIH: IIH:WT Trial (NIHR funded). 3) Prospective longitudinal evaluation of clinical outcomes in IIH through the National IIH Database: IIH LIFE study (funded by HQIP). Dr Sinclair is also leading the development of the first UK IIH management guidelines.

Professor Sobha Sivaprasad,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Sobha Sivaprasad is the Professor of Retinal Clinical Studies in the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. She is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital specialising in Medical Retina. Her higher research degree was on age related macular degeneration. She obtained her Medical Retina Fellowship from Moorfields Eye Hospital. Sobha has active clinical and laboratory research interests in AMD, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vascular disorders.

Her research focuses on biomarkers and modeling of retinal morphology in retinal diseases. She oversees several multicentre clinical trials in these areas and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications to her credit. She is an Editor of two eye journals and peer reviewer of several ophthalmic journals.

Mr Malhar Soni,
Consultant Ophthalmologist & Vitreo-retinal surgeon London, UK

Malhar Soni is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a subspecialty interest in medical & surgical retinal diseases management in London. He completed subspecialty fellowship training at world renowned centres of excellence - Sankara Nethralaya (India), Birmingham & Midland eye centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is a director of an internationally recognized Advanced Vitreo-Retinal Surgical Skills course with ‘guaranteed political incorrectness’ - “Tell It Like It Is…” (www.tilii.org).

Malhar is a recipient of the coveted Rhett Buckler, Honor & Senior Honor awards for his scientific contributions from the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS); and a committee member of the Practice & Trends (PAT) survey project of the ASRS. During 2016, he has been a training course director of “Advanced Macular Surgery” at the annual meetings of the Arab & African Society of Retina Specialists, World Ophthalmology Congress, European Vitreo-Retinal Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology and ASRS.

Miss Fiona Spencer,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Miss Fiona Spencer has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital for 16 years. She provides a tertiary referral service for the North West for adult glaucoma. She was responsible for setting up a Referral Refinement Service for Glaucoma with the Local Optical Committee for the Strategic Health Authority in 2000. She has been instrumental in service development in Manchester with an optometric led glaucoma assessment (OLGA) unit in-house and in the community, glaucoma nurse practitioner role, and worked to create a team with visual scientists, optometrists and ophthalmologists to provide a tiered approach to glaucoma care tailored to the risk level of the patient. Subsequently she has been involved in Quality Improvement work and in audit and research projects in this area.

Miss Spencer has always been a strong supporter of multidisciplinary working and has been a member of the Glaucoma Expert Panel for the Diploma in Glaucoma at the College of Optometrists. This work was recognised by an honorary Fellowship of the College Optometrists in 2012. As well as a passion for improving patient care in Glaucoma, she has always been involved in education roles for her Trust, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the North Western Deanery. She has been a College Tutor, Training Programme Director, Regional Adviser, Divisional Education Lead and is currently Chair of the training committee at RCOphth.

Professor Miles Stanford,
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, St. Thomas' Hospital, London

Professor Miles Stanford is currently Chair of Clinical Ophthalmology, at GSTT NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in ophthalmology at St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals as well as undertaking original research into the mechanisms underlying uveitis for his doctoral thesis. He has wide experience in diseases that cause intraocular inflammation and currently runs six clinics for patients with uveitis every week half of whom have an associated systemic inflammatory disease.

His main current research interests are in the immunogenetics of Behcet’s disease and the epidemiology of toxoplasmosis. He is undertaking a number of commercial and non-commercial trials evaluating the effects of new drugs in the treatment of uveitis. He has published over 190 peer reviewed articles and contributed to more than 30 book chapters as well as currently nurturing 4 doctoral students. He is founder and chairman of the British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit, a unique unit that studies that epidemiology of rare ophthalmic diseases in the UK.

Professor Paulo Stanga,
Professor of Ophthalmology & Retinal Regeneration, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Professor Paulo Stanga is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon (Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, MREH) and Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration (University of Manchester). He has set up and is Director of the Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab at NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester CRF and its Clinical, Surgical and Research Fellowship Program. The MVR Lab team focuses on developing research and therapies using the most advanced diagnostic and treatment devices.

Professor Stanga is also, former President of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists amongst others, and at present Chair of the MREH Research Steering Committee. Since 1993, Professor Stanga has worked in the development and application of new outpatient and surgical therapies and technologies, being Principal Investigator (PI) on several industry-sponsored trials and Scientific Advisor to commercial companies that develop pharmacological therapies, diagnostic or therapeutic equipment.

Professor Stanga introduced, amongst others, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) into the clinical setting in the UK (1998), Pascal® Laser system and retinal treatment strategies into the EU (2006) and based on personally led imaging and clinical research on it and has also pioneered Swept-Source OCT, having introduced it into the EU (2012) and Optos Wide-Field imaging and Optos-guided tissue-sparing laser treatment strategies. Current research interests: Vitreo-retinal imaging, laser-tissue interaction and new laser photocoagulation techniques, development of hypersonic vitrectomy equipment, electronic retinal implants for artificial vision, stem-cell and gene therapy.

Professor Stanga has received several international accolades, amongst others, the prestigious Achievement Award by American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). His research on Artificial Vision has been highlighted as a significant achievement by the University of Manchester and the NHS Central Manchester Foundation Trust and listed as an important research landmark in the rich research heritage of the city of Manchester by the Manchester European City of Science 2016 Committee. His research is also one of only two highlighted on the current national NIHR brochure. Professor Stanga has set-up and is PI for a Manchester-only Pilot Study of the Argus II system in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and has already successfully carried out the first ever implantation of an electronic retinal implant in AMD, which has resulted in the first ever person with integrated artificial (central) and natural (peripheral) vision.

Mr Nick Strouthidis,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Nick Strouthidis is a consultant ophthalmologist and director of the glaucoma service at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as well as clinical associate professor at the University of Sydney. He is a funded clinician scientist at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology where he is the lead for glaucoma clinical trials. His main research interests are in glaucoma imaging and optic nerve biomechanics.

Mr Paul Sullivan,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Paul Sullivan is a vitreoretinal surgeon and Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He worked as a research fellow in the Diabetic Eye Unit at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. His clinical ophthalmology training was in London and in Southampton under Professor Andrew Elkington, who stimulated his interest in medical education. He has been a consultant at Moorfields since 1997 and was the clinical lead for vitreoretinal surgery from 1999 until 2006, when he took over from John Lee as Director of Education.

His major research interest is in complications of cataract and vitreoretinal surgery and he has published many papers in this area. His educational interests are microsurgical skills training, faculty development and elearning. He has set up a not –for-profit publishing company, Eyelearning, which distributes free interactive e-textbooks on ophthalmic microsurgical techniques (see also www.eyelearning.co.uk). eBooks on trauma and vitreoretinal surgery are available now and the phacoemulsification book is under revision (preview copies available on request). He is a Board member of the Moorfields-Korle Bu partnership and has worked with the West African College of Surgeons on curriculum and faculty development. As well as various ophthalmology educational roles he was elected to the Council of NACT in 2010. He received an achievement award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2013.

Mr James Talks,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne


James Talks has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Newcastle Eye Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, since 2000. He trained in London, Birmingham, and Oxford prior to a medical retina fellowship at Moorfields. He is the medical retina and imaging lead in the department and has played a national role in introducing and assessing new imaging techniques and treatments. He has published more than 30 papers on these subjects. In particular his unit had one of the first Stratus OCT and combined FFA/ICG systems in the UK and more recently the Optos wide field imaging camera. He is involved in clinical trials for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions. His teaching on image interpretation includes the Retinal imaging course which he has jointly chaired for the last 8 years at the College Congress.

Dr Paul Taylor,
Reader in Health Informatics, FARR Institute of Health Informatics Research & University College London

Paul Taylor holds a BSc in Psychology, and MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD Medical Physics. He is a Reader at UCL’s Institute of Health Informatics and part of the UK’s Farr Institute which aims to enhance capacity to use routinely collected data in research. His research interests have focussed on the use of computer systems in clinical decisions, particularly in image interpretation including mammography and chest radiography. He was a co-investigator on a recent HTA project evaluating commercial tools for the automated analysis of diabetic retinopathy images.

He is currently leading a major collaborative project to create a resource of routinely collected ophthalmic data, including imaging, to answer a range of questions relating to the progression of disease and effectiveness of treatment for common retinal conditions.

Robert H Taylor,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, York Hospital

I qualified in 1985 from Guy’s hospital, London University and worked in Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds before taking up a consultant post in York specialising in general, paediatric ophthalmology and adult motility. I have published 55 peer review papers, made 67 oral/poster presentations at scientific meetings, and given 86 lectures, in York, nationally and internationally.

I published the two editions Key Topics in Ophthalmology, plus the chapter on vision and reading in a Taylor/Hoyt’s Paediatric Ophthalmology. I was head examiner for FRCOphth Part 2 2011-2016 and head examiner for Refraction certificate 2008 to 2011. I am currently the Chair of the examinations committee. A major commitment has been re-structuring the Laser and Refractive surgery examination.

I was a clinical tutor from 1996 to 2000 before being made clinical director, till 2004. I have also sat on the paediatric ophthalmology sub-committee from 2005 to 2011. I am currently Chairman of Yorkshire Eye Specialists LLP and Nuffield Medical Accreditation Committee in York. Research interests include refraction accuracy, reading and maximising visual potential in cataract patients. I am also interested in various models of healthcare delivery.

Miss Caroline Thaung,
Consultant Ophthalmic Pathologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Caroline Thaung has been a Consultant Ophthalmic Pathologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital since 2009. She works within the Department of Eye Pathology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, one of the four English laboratories within the National Specialist Ophthalmic Pathology Service. Caroline graduated from Glasgow medical school, and worked in Ophthalmology in Glasgow before undertaking her DPhil in Ophthalmology in Oxford. Her doctoral work was performed at the MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit, Harwell, on the topic of mouse models of inherited eye disease.

Caroline then trained in Histopathology in Manchester before moving to London. She maintains an interest in animal models and genetics, and is keen to integrate understanding of ophthalmic pathology into clinical care. She is a longstanding member and more recently Secretary (2014-2017) of the British Association for Ophthalmic Pathology.

Dr Peter Thomas,
Trainee Ophthalmologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Peter Thomas is a registrar based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital with an interest in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and will be joining the Moorfields fellowship programme in 2017. After spending time in research and development at IBM, he completed his PhD in computational neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in 2004, and graduated from Oxford Medical School in 2008.

His current research interests include computational modelling of colour information in the human and cephalopod retina, the development of clinical tests using virtual reality headsets, and investigation of visual function sub-served by the far peripheral retina. He is involved in several collaborations which have used machine learning to improve estimation of kidney function for chemotherapy dosing, to analyse glaucomatous visual fields, and to measure abnormal head posture using a webcam (the Cambridge Face Tracker).

Mr Peter Tiffin,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Peter Tiffin is a Consultant in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Sunderland Eye Infirmary where he was appointed in 1998. He is currently Clinical Governance Lead there. He completed his Ophthalmology training in Newcastle-upon Tyne, Leicester and Dundee prior to undertaking a paediatric ophthalmology fellowship at British Columbia Childrens Hospital, Vancouver. He has presented at various national strabismus meetings and has had a particular research interest on intermittent exotropia. He was also module editor for the RCOphth / eLfH ophthalmology modules on refraction and strabismus surgery. From 2012-2016 he was RCOphth Vice-President and Chair of the Examinations Committee and is currently Treasurer of the British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association (BIPOSA).

Marie D Tsaloumas FRCOphth,
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Marie Tsaloumas has been the clinical lead for the Medical Retina Service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as the audit lead, clinical service lead, clinical governance lead and undergraduate supervisor. As well as general ophthalmology, Miss Tsaloumas has a sub specialty interest in diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration and vascular diseases of the eye. She has also conducted regional and national multidisciplinary clinics dealing with inherited retinal conditions and their systemic manifestations.

She is a past president and secretary of the Midland Ophthalmological Society (MOS). She is one of the founders and organisers of the international Pantheo/MOS conference held each year in Cyprus which delivers education and instruction to the local ophthalmic community. She has been actively involved in the Royal College of Ophthalmologists as undergraduate representative and has assisted in the revision of the undergraduate curriculum. Miss Tsaloumas is a recognised national and international speaker and has lectured and published extensively on retinal disorders including diabetic eye disease, retinal vascular occlusion and macular degeneration. One of her main research interests is the role of social deprivation on visual loss in blinding medical retinal disorders and strategies

Mr Stephen Tuft,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Stephen Tuft trained as an ophthalmologist in Christchurch, New Zealand, with further training in Adelaide, South Australia. He studied for an MD in laser photorefractive surgery at the Institute of Ophthalmology with Professor John Marshall and was then appointed clinical lecturer at Moorfields Eye Hospital before returning to Christchurch. Later he was appointed consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital specialising in cornea and external eye disease. His research interests include corneal infection, corneal stem cell therapy and the molecular genetics of inherited corneal disease. He has supervised several higher degree students and was appointed Honorary Reader at UCL in 2015.

Professor Anja Tuulonen,
CEO, Tays Eye Centre, Tampere University Hospital, Finlandndon

Professor Anja Tuulonen, M.D., Ph.D., is the CEO and Head of Tays Eye Centre, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland since 2009. Prior to this position, she was the Clinic Head and Professor in Department of Ophthalmology, Oulu University Hospital in since 1995. She conducted a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Tufts NEMC, Boston, USA 1985-1986. Professor Tuulonen was a consultant for Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 2015-16 and a member of several working groups in 2000-07. She has acted e.g. as the President of the Finnish Ophthalmological Society, Chair of the Finnish EMB Glaucoma Guide line in 2000-14. She is the current President of the European Glaucoma Society and Treasurer of the Glaucoma Research Society. Professor Tuulonen's research interests include health services research, health economics, secondary research (systematic reviews), in addition to glaucoma diagnostics and therapy.

Professor Stephen Vernon,
Formerly Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospital Nottingham


Having Trained in Bristol and Oxford, Professor Stephen Vernon was a Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospital Nottingham from April 1986 until June 2015 founding the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology at the Un

iversity of Nottingham and running services in glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and diabetic retinopathy. He now practices privately, retaining his academic interests. He is a recognised opinion leader in glaucoma in the UK having chaired the Royal College Glaucoma Guidelines working Party, the Department of Health Working Party on Glaucoma Management and the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society. He has over 175 scientific publications mainly on glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy detection and management. He was the director of BEAP, a large scale epidemiological project on eye disease in the elderly that ran from 2002 to 2006 and is still providing valuable data from on-going analysis. For eight years he chaired the RCOphth International Medical Graduates Committee, coordinating all non-EEC fellowships in the UK. In 2008 the University of Nottingham bestowed upon him the title of Honorary Professor and in 2009 the College of Optometrists awarded him an honorary fellowship in recognition for his research into glaucoma and for his work for the College. In May 2016 he was appointed the Vice President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Policy and Communication).

Prof. Gianni Virgili,
M.D. Eye Clinic, Department of Translational Surgery and Medicine, University of Florence, Italy

Gianni Virgili is associate professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Florence and director of the clinical unit SOD Ottica Fisiopatologica at the Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy. He has been medical retina specialist since 1992. Serving the Hospital Medical Management he could also develop health management skills. He achieved a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of Turin, Italy, in 2005 and has received extensive training in biostatistics and research methods, particularly in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

He has collaborated particularly with the Cochrane, in which he has the following editorial roles: Editor Cochrane Eyes and Vision (2006); Co-coordinating Editor of the Diagnostic Test Accuracy Satellite Cochrane Eyes and Vision (2011); Editor of the Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group (2011). He is an Editorial Board member of the journal Internal and Emergency Medicine (HTA and Clinical Evidence section, 2010) and an Academic Editor of the journal PLOS ONE (2015) and the American Journal of Ophthalmology (2016). He has authored 150 publications in Index Medicus, with medical retina and low vision as the fields of his primary clinical interest, and the conduction of systematic reviews as primary methodological skill.

Professor Marcela Votruba,
Professor of Ophthalmology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

Marcela Votruba is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Cardiff University and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at The University Hospital of Wales. She was awarded an Open Scholarship to The Queen’s College, Oxford to read Physiological Sciences, where she obtained her BM BCh. She trained in ophthalmology at The Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. She obtained a PhD from UCL in ophthalmic genetics, supervised by Professor Bhattacharya and Professor Moore, using linkage analysis and positional cloning to identify the OPA1 gene, which causes dominant optic atrophy.

Marcela has held a Wellcome Trust Vision Research Training Fellowship and a MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, she is a former Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital and a Visiting Research Scholar at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA. Her research focuses on ophthalmic genetics and mitochondrial diseases. She is particularly interested in the role of mitochondria in optic neuropathy and retinal degeneration. Her Mitochondria & Vision Lab focuses on in vitro and in vivo approaches to modelling mitochondrial dysfunction leading to retinal ganglion cell loss and on genes and proteins involved in the regulation of mitochondrial morphology, with a strong emerging interest in novel therapies. She runs retinal and genetic eye clinic at the University Hospital, Wales. Since 2014 she has been the Head of the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences at Cardiff University.

Claire Walker,

As a fundraiser and chief executive working in health and medical charities for 25 years, Claire has raised many millions of pounds for health projects and medical research. Developing health projects overseas and measuring outcomes is a particular interest. For the last 12 years she has worked part-time with Marcia Zondervan and the VISION 2020 LINKS Programme team at the International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During that time the LINKS Programme has grown to 30 active LINKS between eye departments in the UK and Africa, building skills and capacity - including the very successful LINK between the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Funding for LINKS has been obtained from competitive sources including DFID/THET, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Scottish Government and ‘Seeing is Believing’. Grateful thanks to the EyeBag Company and CBM for ongoing support to the Programme. Further funds are needed to continue to build lasting skills and capacity in Africa to prevent unnecessary blindness. Please contact Claire on the VISION 2020 LINKS Programme stand or on Claire.walker@lshtm.ac.uk.

Mr Mark Watts,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral


Mark Watts has served as Chair of the Education committee and a Vice President at the College for four years having previously been the surgical skills tutor for six. He has worked as a consultant ophthalmologist for 23 years in a busy DGH, recently redesignated a teaching hospital, on The Wirral with a general ophthalmic practice and a subspecialty interest in oculoplastics.

Mark has had a career-long interest in teaching and in particular have been involved in writing e-learning material, blending the EyeSi simulator with surgical training and teaching on the skills courses. A self-confessed sceptic and mistrustful of authority, he recently took early retirement in order to protect his pension and returned to part-time working purely in oculoplastics.

He has been involved in a number of discussions with colleagues, managers and parliamentarians over the years about the most effective use of more senior consultants and how their work practices might be developed to the mutual benefit of clinicians and patients.

Professor Rachel Williams,
Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering, University of Liverpool

Rachel Williams is a professor of ophthalmic bioengineering with over 20 years of experience in the design and development of advanced materials for medical applications. Her expertise lies particularly in the design and characterisation of the bulk and surface properties of materials and how to modify them to optimise the properties for a specific application. Within the Department of Eye and Vision Science she is research theme leader for Ophthalmic Bioengineering. Rachel is leading research on strategies to develop innovative ways to modify materials and their surfaces to treat sight threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, retinal detachment and surface ocular disorders. She currently holds a Fellowship from the EPSRC on Building Advanced Materials to Treat Vision Loss under the Engineering Fellowships for Growth scheme. In 2014 she received a RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) award from the EPSRC.

Professor Tom Williamson,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London

Professor Tom H Williamson is a vitreoretinal surgeon at St Thomas Hospital, London. He has a wide experience of surgical interventions for retinal disease with 500 operations performed under his care annually. His research interests have included automated detection of retinal disease, investigation and design of new surgical methods, application of technology in clinical care and psychophysical tests in clinical retinal assessment. He regularly performs investigations to determine ways of maximising success rates and reducing complication rates of vitreoretinal surgery and is in demand as an international lecturer on this subject.

His book Vitreoretinal Surgery is the premier text for training in vitreoretinal surgery internationally. He has the largest single surgeon dataset of vitreoretinal procedures (with over 12000 operations over 18 years) internationally and over 170 publications on clinical topics in vitreoretinal surgery and ophthalmology, making him one of the premier opinions in vitreoretinal surgery. Charitable duties include setting up and directing the Eyehope charity for 5 years and performing duties for Fight for Sight and the World Sight Foundation.

He has had many leadership roles including Ophthalmology Training Program Director in London, and Director of Consultants Eye Surgeons Partnership South London and the London Claremont Clinic. He is the current President of the British and Eire Vitreoretinal Society. He holds a Visiting Professorship in Engineering and Biological Sciences at The University of Surrey. The training program at St Thomas for vitreoretinal surgery is regarded as one of the premier programs for training in the subject.

Mr Richard Wormald,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Richard Wormald is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital Glaucoma Service, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, as well as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Eyes and Vision and has been working on Certification and Registration of sight impairment since 1990 alongside Catey Bunce with numerous publications on the subject.

Mr Patrick Yu-Wai-Man,
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


Patrick Yu-Wai-Man is a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist based within the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research and the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University. He also holds appointment at the Newcastle Eye Centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London as an Honorary Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist with a subspecialist interest in mitochondrial and neurogenetic disorders. His research programme is currently focused on dissecting the disease mechanisms leading to progressive retinal ganglion cell loss in mitochondrial optic neuropathies by using diseased patient tissues and animal models, in addition to therapeutic drug screening and clinical trials.