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Prof Simon Harding MB ChB, FRCS, FRCOphth, MD

Chair of Clinical Ophthalmology Eye and Vision Science


    Personal Statement

    I took up the post of Chair in Clinical Ophthalmology in 2008 moving from an NHS Consultant Ophthalmologist position at St. Paul's Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
    As a clinical scientist my principle aim is to develop translational research in ophthalmology and vision science in Liverpool. I aim to achieve this through the recently established Department of Eye and Vision Science which I lead. However I see this as applying across the full range of research from basic science to health services research.
    I believe strongly in the successful link between The University and its partner organisations in the NHS and worldwide. I have developed a number of global partnerships including with the Universities of Hong Kong, Malawi and Valladolid.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Victor Horsley Lecture (Keynote Speech, BMA 2011)
    • Diabetic Retinopathy: Approaches to a Global Epidemic (Keynote Speech, ARVO 2010)
    • Award for Clinical Excellence (The Macular Diseases Society 2010)
    • Seeing and Treating the Retina – Current Progress and Future Directions (Invitation to Speak, University of Liverpool 2009)
    • Imaging and the Eye (Invitation to Speak, Insitute of Physics 2008)
    • Where next in the screening of patients? The changing role of the ophthalmologist. (Keynote Speech, Royal College of Ophthalmologist 2008)
    • The Relationship between Visual Acuity and Health-related Quality of Life. Report from the UK VPDT C (Invitation to Speak, Macula Society 2008)

    Administrative Roles

    • I am Head of the Department of Eye and Vision Science in the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease.
    • I chair The Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, a local charity supporting academic ophthalmology in Liverpool. I am Treasurer of the European Association for the Study of Diabetic Eye Diseases and Chairman of the Medical Retina Group. I serve on local regional and national committees in diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

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