Cambridge University

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Professor Paul J Foster

Professor Paul J Foster

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 in London 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.

Major research projects include:

The EPIC-Norfolk Eye Study: a cohort of 10,000 people currently undergoing ocular phenotyping aimed at investigating novel environmental and genetic factors in eye disease.

ZAP study: currently underway in Southern China, 12,000 people were screened to identify 935 with early stage angle-closure who have undergone laser iridotomy in one eye, with the fellow eye remaining untreated as a control. This study will assess the performance of prophylactic laser iridotomy in high risk individuals.

Studies of the genetics of angle-closure glaucoma employing linkage and association techniques. We currently enrolled 86 families with multiple affected individuals.

Collaborative studies with major scientific initiatives including The Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium 2 (WTCCC2), UKBiobank (UKBB), The Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Disease (SEEDS) and The Chinese American Eye Study (CHES) in Los Angele.

Prof Foster has published 131 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 serves on the membership committee of the GRS, and is a Trustee of the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness. He is also a Council Member, International Society of Geographical and Epidemiological Ophthalmology and past chairman of the Associate Advisory Board of the World Glaucoma Association. He was awarded 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 award of £6.3 million, and been involved in consortium grant applications for a further £18.3 million.