Medicine for Members Lecture - The Eye as a window to the soul: how eye research is transforming our understanding of ocular disease and overall health

25 February 2020
Professor Rupert Bourne, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Mr Liam Sullivan, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Date:     Tuesday 25 February 2020

Venue:   William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Time:     18:30 - 19:30 

Entry free of charge

To reserve your place or for further information contact the NHS Foundation Trust Membership Office:

Tel: 01223 256256

Email: foundation.trust@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

There has been a rapid advance in the treatments for eye disease over the last decade and from a worldwide perspective, cataract surgery for example, remains one of the most cost-effective healthcare interventions ever. This talk, delivered by Professor Rupert Bourne, the National Specialty Lead for the NIHR’s (the research arm of the NHS) Clinical Research Network will focus on some of the exciting areas of research that are giving us insight into ways to better deliver treatments and monitor their effectiveness at a local but also an international level. Philosophers defined the eye as a window to the soul long before scientists addressed this cliché to determine its scientific basis and relevance. Recent advances in gene therapy and artificial intelligence led by Ophthalmology (eye) researchers is transforming our understanding of diseases of the eye, the brain and the body in general. Ophthalmology generates more out-patient appointments than any other specialty in the UK and Cambridgeshire is not alone in having a significant burden of undiagnosed eye disease in the community. The talk will give practical advice on detection and management of eye disease and display the contribution of the Cambridge Eye Research Centre


Rupert Bourne is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospital, where he directs the Cambridge Eye Research Centre. He is also Professor of Ophthalmology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Shiley Eye Centre/Hamilton Glaucoma Center in San Diego, California. He has a strong research interest, particularly in advanced techniques of Glaucoma diagnosis and progression and the management of Glaucoma in the community, along with overseas ophthalmology which has involved design and analysis of several large population-based surveys of eye disease, several national in scope, eg. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Trinidad. He is the Chair of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Ophthalmology Specialty Group, responsible for NHS research delivery. In his role as Coordinator of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study, he has overseen the long-term research into the world-wide prevalence rates of blindness and visual impairment, in partnership with the World Health Organization. He is Chief Investigator for the UK National Eye Health and Hearing Study due to start in 2020.


Liam Sullivan is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Cambridge University Hospital with expertise in medical retina and cataract surgery. He completed his core Ophthalmic training in Yorkshire and undertook fellowship training at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, Cambridge University Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Liam is the East Anglian regional lead for surgical and laser simulation and is a faculty member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists microsurgical skills course. He leads the development of medical retina services at CUH and cares for patients with a variety of retinal conditions including age-related macula degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal vein occlusion and adult inherited retinal disorders. His research experience includes national studies on treatments for wet and dry age-related macula degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. He is currently collaborating to investigate the genetic susceptibility to hydroxychloroquine toxicity.


To reserve your place or for further information contact the NHS Foundation Trust Membership Office:

Tel: 01223 256256

Email: foundation.trust@addenbrookes.nhs.uk