Ruth Hogg

      Dr Ruth Hogg

      Lecturer

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1654, +44 (0)28 906 35018

      For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
      or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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      Research Interests

      My research to date has mainly centred on Age-related macular degeneration (AMD).   My PhD thesis conducted within the department was entitled “Macular Pigment (MP) and Visual Function in Ageing and Age-related Maculopathy” (2005).  It focused on changes in visual function during the early stages of AMD as well as identifying risk factors for progression to advanced disease.

      Obtaining an Australian Bicentennial scholarship in 2006 enabled me to spend a year at the University of Melbourne where I worked mainly on a twin study investigating the extent to which genetics determines visual function later in life.  A two-year post-doc at the Department of Experimental Psychology in Cambridge followed, and provided the opportunity to take these concepts further as the PERGENIC project aimed to investigate the relationship between visual perception and genetics. 

      My interests focus on the intersection between ocular aging and the development of age-related diseases such as Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma and also risk factors for progression of these diseases to their sight threatening forms.

       

      For more information about my research, please visit Hogg Laboratory Webpage .

       

      I lead the Eye component of the NICOLA study

      Full details of the ocular components of the NICOLA study can be found here

      Research Statement

      My interests focus on the intersection between ocular aging and the development of age-related diseases such as Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma and also risk factors for progression of these diseases to their sight threatening forms.

      My lab is focused on the following themes:

      1. The epidemiology of age-related eye diseases such as Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.

      2. Identifying structural, serological and functional biomarkers of Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy that may enable early detection and more accurate prognoses.

      3. Understanding the differences between normal ocular ageing and the earliest stages of AMD, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

       

      Teaching

      Undergraduate:

      Personal tutor and Portfolio adviser to 17 undergraduate Medical students

      Module Co-ordinator and Lecturer- “The eye as the window to the body” (2nd Year Medicine)

      Ocular Anatomy and Physiology (2nd Year Medicine)

      History taking and Clinical Skills (3rd year Medicine)

       

      PhD Supervision

      Katie Graham (1st Supervisor)

      Nicola Quinn (1st Supervisor)

      Rachel McCarter (1st Supervisor)

      Timos Naskas (1st Supervisor)

      Aniela Kazmierczak (2nd supervisor)

      Paul McCann (2nd supervisor)

      Radha Das (2nd supervisor)

       

      Previous Students

      Dr Estelle Lowry currently working as a statistician for the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

       

       

      Frequent Journals

      • Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science

        ISSNs: 0146-0404

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1552-5783

        Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Inc.

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 2.008 SNIP 1.345

        Journal

      • Ophthalmology

        ISSNs: 0161-6420

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1549-4713

        Elsevier Inc.

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 4.745 SNIP 3.216

        Journal

      • Eye

        ISSNs: 0950-222X

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-5454

        Nature Publishing Group

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.132 SNIP 1.356

        Journal

      • British journal of ophthalmology

        ISSNs: 0007-1161, 2090-004X

        BMJ Publishing Group

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.87 SNIP 0.91

        Journal

      • BMJ Open

        ISSNs: 2044-6055

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2044-6055

        BMJ Publishing Group

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.448 SNIP 1.202

        Journal

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