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Eye Research

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.

Research Name

Study Type

EPICOHORT Observational European Multicentre Study on Safety of Ranibizumab in the treatment of wet-AMD

EAGLE

Glaucoma. Randomised Clinical Trial comparing early cataract surgery versus laser peripheral iridotomy to reduce the risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma

RELIGHT

Diabetic Macular Oedema. Interventional non RCT on Ranibizumab to treat sight-impairing diabetic macular oedema

COMRADE B

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

COMRADE C

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

Teaching:

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

1988
Apulia Regional Council Grant 1988, for studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital, under the supervision of Prof. AC Bird.
1991
British Council Grant ITA/2281/991, for studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital, under the supervision of Prof. AC Bird.
1992
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.
1993
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.
2003
Pump Priming Research Trust Fund – University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire
2009
Started a stream of commercial research and clinical trials with or without CLRN support at UHCW NHS Trust
2012
CLRN research grant, 02/02/2012 of £37,692 for specialist retinal nurse and admin support to research for 2 years

PUBLICATIONS (*.pdf)

 


Microincision Cataract Surgery for faster recovery and reduced infection risk

Minimise the wearing of spectacles after cataract surgery

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Diabetic Macular Oedema & Retinopathy

Retinal Vein Occlusions

Central Serous Retinopathy

Range of Retinal Treatments:

  • Lucentis (Ranibizumab)
  • Avastin (Bevacizumab)
  • Eylea (Aflibercept)
  • Ozurdex steroid implants
  • PDT (Photodynamic Therapy)
  • Laser

Inflammation of the eye (Uveitis)

General Eye Problems

Eye Research

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