A global view of eye health

A team led by two consultant eye surgeons from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Professor Alastair  Denniston and Professor Peter Shah, has recently completed the largest ever review of the impact of social deprivation on eye health across the globe. Overall, the findings highlight how poverty, lack of education and social disadvantage, contribute to blindness around the world. Professor Denniston said: “This was a mammoth task. The team identified nearly 5,500 papers that … Continue reading “A global view of eye health”

Leading the way on research into ageing

A consultant in geriatric medicine and specialist in hip fractures at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) has recently been awarded the prestigious Rising Star Award from the British Geriatrics Society. Dr Thomas Jackson (pictured above), who is also a clinical academic geriatrician with the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham, collected the award for his research into the distressing and potentially life threatening condition of delirium. Dr Jackson is examining how … Continue reading “Leading the way on research into ageing”

Birmingham leads UK-wide biobank in rare eye disease

A Birmingham-based Consultant Ophthalmologist and researcher, Professor Alastair Denniston, has won funding to set up a UK-wide resource to aid research into a rare disease which can lead to blindness. Two charities – Fight for Sight and the Birdshot Uveitis Society – are jointly funding the research to improve understanding of the rare, sight-threatening disease, known as Birdshot Chorioretinopathy. This funding will help establish a national biobank and registry for Birdshot Chorioretinopathy, helping patients and … Continue reading “Birmingham leads UK-wide biobank in rare eye disease”