Augusto Azuara-Blanco

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    United Kingdom

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19962019
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Research Interests

I am a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.   My clinical activity takes place at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and is mainly dedicated to patients with glaucoma.  I have surgical expertise on complex glaucomas and cataract. 

My academic career at the Centre fof Public Health (Health Services Research Group) is focused in trying to improve eye care and investigating the efficacy, efficiency and safety of new technologies for eye diseases (e.g., treatments, diagnostic tests, models of eye care).  I have expertise in primary and secondary research methodology.   I am Chief Investigator of several trials, including EAGLE, an international multicentre RCT comparing primary lens extraction versus laser iridotomy in patients with angle-closure glaucoma; GATE, an UK-based multicentre diagnostic study evaluating automated imaging technologies in glaucoma; and CHAMP-UK, a multicentre randomised trial evaluating low dose atropine eye drops for children with myopia.   I am co-applicant of several UK-based trials: TAGS and GLAURIOUS (on glaucoma), DIAMONDS and EMERALD (on diabetic retinopathy), EDNA and MIRROR (on age-related macular degeneration).  I have received research funds from MRC, NIHR-EME, NIHR-HTA, Horizon 2020, and charities.   I have published over 210 peer-reviewed papers, over 20 book chapters, and edited three books.   My work has been cited over 5000 times and my current Scopus h-index is 40.  

Leadership positions: elected member of the NIHR-HTA prioritisation committee; member of the Executive Commitee of the European Glaucoma Society (2016-2020);  Lead of the European Glaucoma Society Guidelines Committee;  Lead of the European Glaucoma Society Outcomes Committee;  member of the 2017 NICE glaucoma guidelines; 2012 Chair of the UK & Eire Glaucoma Society;  member of the Editorial Board of several specialist journals, including the Cochrane Eye and Vision Group, EYE and Journal of Glaucoma.  Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Past member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.    Past lead of the CCRN-NIHR (Scotland 2010-2012).  

Special honours: Recipient of the 2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology achievement award; honorary member of the Italian Glaucoma Society; King James IV Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2019)  

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Projects 2013 2016

Research Output 1996 2019

Ocular Tonometry
Patient Preference
Manometry
Intraocular Pressure
Glaucoma
1 Citation (Scopus)

Diabetic macular oedema and diode subthreshold micropulse laser (DIAMONDS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

DIAMONDS Study Group, 12 Feb 2019, In : Trials. 20, 11 p., 122.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Macular Edema
Lasers
Randomized Controlled Trials
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Visual Acuity

Effectiveness of Multimodal imaging for the Evaluation of Retinal oedema And new vesseLs in Diabetic retinopathy (EMERALD)

EMERALD Study Group, 28 Jun 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 6, 8 p., e027795.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Multimodal Imaging
Papilledema
Diabetic Retinopathy
Macular Edema
Cost-Benefit Analysis
9 Citations (Scopus)

Increased High-Density Lipoprotein Levels Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Evidence from the EYE-RISK and European Eye Epidemiology Consortia

European Eye Epidemiology Consortium & EYE-RISK consortium, 01 Mar 2019, In : Ophthalmology. 126, 3, p. 393-406

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Macular Degeneration
HDL Lipoproteins
Epidemiology
Lipids
Odds Ratio
1 Citation (Scopus)

Individualisation of glaucoma quality of life measures: A way forward?

Dempster, M., McCorry, N. K., Donnelly, M., Barton, K. & Azuara-Blanco, A., 01 Mar 2019, In : British Journal of Ophthalmology. 103, 3, p. 293-295 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Activities 2004 2016

  • 25 Participation in conference
  • 6 Editorial activity
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Glaucoma Research Society Meeting

Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Speaker)
03 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

European Glaucoma Society Congress

Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Speaker)
30 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

European Glaucoma Society Congress

Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Organiser)
20 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

European Glaucoma Society Congress

Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Organiser)
21 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

ESCRS Glaucoma Day 2016

Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Session chair)
09 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference