Augusto Azuara-Blanco

    Augusto Azuara-Blanco

    Clinical Professor

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1655, +44 (0)28 90632507

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    Research Interests

    I am a Clinical Profesor 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).  Overall I have raised over £12m of 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);  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  

    Frequent Journals

    • British Journal of Ophthalmology

      ISSNs: 0007-1161

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2079

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.38 SJR 1.872 SNIP 1.495


    • Journal of Glaucoma

      ISSNs: 1057-0829

      Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.66 SJR 0.916 SNIP 0.883


    • Eye

      ISSNs: 0950-222X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-5454

      Nature Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.72 SJR 0.999 SNIP 1.143


    • Ophthalmology

      ISSNs: 0161-6420

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1549-4713

      Elsevier Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.19 SJR 4.198 SNIP 2.771


    • Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science

      ISSNs: 0146-0404

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1552-5783

      Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.21 SJR 1.933 SNIP 1.155


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