As the Principal Investigator of individual studies and as the Clinical Lead of the CLRN (Comprehensive Clinical Research Network) for West Midlands (South) I have brought clinical research to the Department of Ophthalmology at University Hospital Coventry and the Macular Unit, Hospital of St. Cross, Rugby.
Patients who are interested in understanding the role of the Ophthalmology Sub-Specialty Group in the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research and the Comprehensive Clinical Research Network (CCRN) are encouraged to visit the CLRN Ophthalmology portal http://www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/about_us/ccrn/specialty/ophthalmology/ophthalmology.htm.
Patients who are keen to take part in ophthalmology clinical research in Coventry and Warwickshire may contact my NHS secretary to enquire about actively recruiting studies. Regrettably, currently recruiting studies may not be listed here.
The table below shows some of the studies I have been involved with as Principal Investigator. These studies are no longer recruiting.
||Observational European Multicentre Study on Safety of Ranibizumab in the treatment of wet-AMD
Glaucoma. Randomised Clinical Trial comparing early cataract surgery versus laser peripheral iridotomy to reduce the risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma
Diabetic Macular Oedema. Interventional non RCT on Ranibizumab to treat sight-impairing diabetic macular oedema
Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion.
Interventional Double Blinded Randomised Clinical Trial comparing Ranibizumab versus Ozurdex in the treatment of visual impairment caused by macular oedema in branch retinal vein occlusions
Central Retinal Vein Occlusion Interventional Double Blinded RCT comparing head-to-head Ranibizumab versus Ozurdex in the treatment of visual impairment caused by macular oedema in central retinal vein occlusions
As a consultant at UCHW I am supervisor to Medical Students, Post-Graduate Trainees, Junior Fellows and Registrars.
I have also taken the initiative to teach optometrists to participate in shared care for medical retina.
As the clinical lead for medical retina I am responsible for mentoring Ophthalmic photographers and Specialist Retinal nurses in their provision of shared care for our medical retina patients.
In addition to this I have been invited to lecture GPs and Optometrists and to deliver talks at specialist Ophthalmic meetings.
Fellowships, research, and main previous posts.
18 Jan 1991 - 18 Jan 1992
Clinical and Research Fellow, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Research Director: Professor AC Bird, Medical Retina Dept.
20 Jan 1992 - 31 Oct 1992
Lady Allerton Research Fellow, St. Thomas' Hospital, London.
Research Directors: Professor J. Marshall and Mr T.J. ffytche.
Nov 1992 – June 1996
Research Assistant, University of Rome.
Various SHO and Registrar posts to start a career in UK
28 June 1996 - 7 May 2000
Specialist Registrar at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
8 May 2000 – 8 Feb 2001
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (substantive), Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
RESEARCH GRANTS / FUNDED RESEARCH
Apulia Regional Council Grant 1988, for studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital, under the supervision of Prof. AC Bird.
British Council Grant ITA/2281/991, for studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital, under the supervision of Prof. AC Bird.
Lady Allerton Research Foundation Grant, for studies at the Department of Ophthalmology, St. Thomas's Hospital, UMDS, University of London, under the supervision of Prof. J. Marshall.
British Council/CNR Altri Interventi: August-October 1993, for studies at the Department of Ophthalmology, St. Thomas's Hospital, UMDS, University of London, under the supervision of Prof. J. Marshall.
Pump Priming Research Trust Fund – University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire
Started a stream of commercial research and clinical trials with or without CLRN support at UHCW NHS Trust
CLRN research grant, 02/02/2012 of £37,692 for specialist retinal nurse and admin support to research for 2 years