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Professor Rupert Bourne

Professor Rupert Bourne is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Ophthalmology.

Professor Bourne is Professor of Ophthalmology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospital. Rupert trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital and undertook two Glaucoma fellowships, one there and another at 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.

Professor Bourne is the Chair of the NIHR Ophthalmology Specialty Group, responsible for NHS research delivery, and is passionate about research touching every part of the patient care pathway. He has published more than 170 papers in leading peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals and book chapters and is an invited reviewer for many leading ophthalmology journals, with other research interests in altitude ophthalmology and expedition medicine.

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.