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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. I have a particular interest in the relationship between diet and nutrition and age-related eye disease and the use of dietary intervention or supplementation to delay or stop progression.

I lead the Eye component of the NICOLA study

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.Exploring the ultility of new technologies for measuring and monitoring visual function including both handheld devices and virtual reality headsets. I am co chief-investigator of the multi-centre MONARCH trial which aims to explore the potential of home monitoring of vision for age-related macular degeneration patients. THis work is funded by NIHR-HTA.

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

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

5. Clarifying the relationship between diet and nutrition and age-related eye disease and explore the use of dietary intervention or supplementation to delay or stop progression. 

 

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)

 

Postgraduate

  • MPH project supervision
  • Facilitate a Data Science for Postgraduate students study group

 

PhD Supervision

Damian Cole (1st Supervisor)

Rachel Coey (2nd Supervisor)

Rachel McCarter (1st Supervisor)

Timos Naskas (1st Supervisor)

Aniela Kazmierczak (2nd supervisor)

Paul McCann (2nd supervisor)

 

Previous Students:

Dr Katie Graham graduated December 2017, currently working as a Specialist Research Optometrist with the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network and Eye Casualty.

Dr Nicola Quinn graduated December 2017, currently working as a post-doctoral fellow within the lab, continuing work on wide-field imaging and retinal disease.

Dr Radha Das is due to graduate July 2018, currently working as a retinal surgery fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Dr Estelle Lowry is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oulu, Finland.

 

 

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Changes in Retinal Layer Thickness in the Contralateral Eye of Patients with Unilateral Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Nittala, M. G., Hogg, R. E., Luo, Y., Velaga, S. B., Silva, R., Alves, D., Staurenghi, G., Chakravarthy, U. & Sadda, S. R., Feb 2019, In : Opthalmology Retina. 3, 2, p. 112-121 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Macular Degeneration
Visual Acuity
Northern Ireland
Portugal
Retinal Pigment Epithelium
3 Citations (Scopus)

Cohort profile: Design and methods in the eye and vision consortium of UK Biobank

UK Biobank Eye and Vision Consortium, 01 Feb 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, e025077.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
File
Eye Diseases
Optical Coherence Tomography
Intraocular Pressure
Health
Multimodal Imaging
Ocular Tonometry
Patient Preference
Manometry
Intraocular Pressure
Glaucoma
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

Low-dose (0.01%) atropine eye-drops to reduce progression of myopia in children: a multicentre placebo-controlled randomised trial in the UK (CHAMP-UK) - study protocol

Azuara-Blanco, A., Logan, N., Strang, N., Saunders, K., Allen, P. M., Weir, R., Doherty, P., Adams, C., Gardner, E., Hogg, R., McFarland, M., Preston, J., Verghis, R., Loughman, J. J., Flitcroft, I., Mackey, D. A., Lee, S. S. Y., Hammond, C., Congdon, N. & Clarke, M., 25 Oct 2019, In : British Journal of Ophthalmology. 6 p., 314819.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ophthalmic Solutions
Myopia
Atropine
Randomized Controlled Trials
Placebos

Prizes

Australian Bicentennial Fellowship

Ruth Hogg (Recipient), 01 Jan 2006

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Gordan Research Conference Travel Award Recipient

Ruth Hogg (Recipient), 04 Jan 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2016

The Collaborative Researcher

Ruth Hogg (Participant)
25 Apr 2016

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

Keynote Speaker at British Congress of Optometry & Visual Science 2016

Ruth Hogg (Advisor)
13 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

File

External Examiner- Cardiff University, UK

Ruth Hogg (Examiner)
04 Aug 2016

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Management and Leadership in a Research Role

Ruth Hogg (Participant)
13 Jun 201614 Jun 2016

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

External Examiner- Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Ruth Hogg (Examiner)
12 Oct 2016

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Press / Media

MONARCH Study Inside Health BBC Radio 4

Ruth Hogg

23/10/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Macular Society Northern Ireland Supporters Day

Ruth Hogg

24/09/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Celebrating Science at Queen's : Images guiding us to a Healthier Tomorrow

Ruth Hogg

19/02/2015

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities