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.

    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.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.

     

     

    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

    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.

     

     

    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 (2017): SJR 2.058 SNIP 1.222

      Journal

    • Ophthalmology

      ISSNs: 0161-6420

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1549-4713

      Elsevier Inc.

      Scopus rating (2017): SJR 4.896 SNIP 3.151

      Journal

    • Eye

      ISSNs: 0950-222X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-5454

      Nature Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2017): SJR 1.12 SNIP 1.054

      Journal

    • British journal of ophthalmology

      ISSNs: 0007-1161

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2079

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2017): SJR 2.173 SNIP 1.75

      Journal

    • Vision Research

      ISSNs: 0042-6989

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0042-6989

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.953 SNIP 1.06

      Journal

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