Professor Rupert Bourne - Associate Director of VERU

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Ongoing research interests

Essentially my research interests can be categorised as follows: 

Epidemiology of ocular disease: This has involved the design, conduct and analysis of several large population-based surveys around the World. My Senior Lectureship post at the International Centre for Eye Health involves continued work in this area and training and supervision of students on the MSc course in Community Eye Health. I regularly write and review articles on this subject. Other than glaucoma, a particular area of interest involves the epidemiology of refractive error and spectacle coverage. 

Epidemiology of glaucoma: This has involved the design, conduct and analysis of several large population-based glaucoma surveys around the world. This was also the subject of my MD, which concerned optic disc morphology among Chinese and Thai populations. Several of the national surveys that I have designed have incorporated a strong glaucoma component. I am currently writing the chapter for a new CD ROM of teaching slides of glaucoma aimed at developing countries. 

Clinical research into glaucoma: I have conducted several studies relating to the clinical management of glaucoma, in particular the use of imaging technologies to diagnose and monitor progression of the disease. These are ongoing interests and further studies are underway, some involving collaborations such as the UK Glaucoma Treatment Study, a collaboration with Moorfields Eye Hospital. 

Altitude medicine and expedition medicine: I have a keen interest in this area and have lectured on this subject. A collaborative research project had resulted in several publications in this area including a book chapter. 



Present appointments

  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Specialising in Glaucoma & Cataract Surgery, Huntingdon Glaucoma Diagnostic & Research Centre, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, Lead Glaucoma Consultant, Moorfields at Bedford, Bedford

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London.

  • Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge


Teaching experience

I have a keen interest in teaching which I have pursued during my career. While a Specialist Registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital and at University College Hospital, I taught SHOs and medical students by organising a teaching programme and by practical sessions in clinics and operating theatre. 

I have also taught overseas ophthalmologists in glaucoma, epidemiology and survey fieldwork and have trained other personnel such as nurses and ophthalmic technicians in ophthalmic techniques and instruments. This has involved preparation of teaching materials and many presentations.

I have also taught graders at Moorfields Eye Hospital Reading Centre in the analysis and interpretation of optic discs in the assessment of glaucomatous optic neuropathy and have prepared teaching materials for ongoing teaching programmes.

I was one of three ophthalmologists involved in the preparation of the first online education website for the British Journal of Ophthalmology. 


Membership of professional organisations

• The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
• Medical Defence Union
• The European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons


Awards

2003 - Winner of Royal Society of Medicine; Ophthalmology section: best overall presentation. 
2003 - Pharmacia ARVO Travel Award 
2000 - Singapore National Eye Centre conference. (oral presentation). Best paper award. The Use of the Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph - II in a population-based glaucoma survey. 
1993 - The Medical Society of London (Sir John McNee Bequest) award for medical elective: Vaccination rates in Moscovite children. Report published in Transactions of this Society. Also for medical elective work: 3M Riker Prize & ICI Prize. 
1993 - George Riddoch Prize for Neurology 


Recent Publications

Khairallah M, Kahloun R, Flaxman SR, Jonas JB, Keeffe J, Leasher J, Naidoo K, Pesudovs K, Price H, White RA, Wong TY, Resnikoff S, Taylor HR, Bourne RR; on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group. Prevalence and causes of vision loss in North Africa and the Middle East: 1990-2010. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Mar 3. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304068. [Epub ahead of print]


Naidoo K, Gichuhi S, Basáñez MG, Flaxman SR, Jonas JB, Keeffe J, Leasher JL, Pesudovs K, Price H, Smith JL, Turner HC, White RA, Wong TY, Resnikoff S, Taylor HR, Bourne RR; on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Prevalence and causes of vision loss in sub-Saharan Africa: 1990-2010. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Feb 25. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304081. [Epub ahead of print]

Leasher JL, Lansingh V, Flaxman SR, Jonas JB, Keeffe J, Naidoo K, Pesudovs K, Price H, Silva JC, White RA, Wong TY, Resnikoff S, Taylor HR, Bourne RR; on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Prevalence and causes of vision loss in Latin America and the Caribbean: 1990-2010. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Feb 11. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304013. [Epub ahead of print]

Jost B Jonas,1 Ronnie George,2 Rashima Asokan,3 Seth R Flaxman,4 Jill Keeffe, Janet Leasher,6 Kovin Naidoo,7 Konrad Pesudovs,8 Holly Price,9 Lingam Vijaya, Richard A White,10 Tien Y Wong,11 Serge Resnikoff,12 Hugh R Taylor, Rupert R A Bourne,9 on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burdenof Disease Study. Prevalence and causes of vision loss in Central and South Asia: 1990/2010. Br J Ophthalmol 2014. January.

Keeffe J, Taylor HR, Fotis K, Pesudovs K, Flaxman SR, Jonas JB, Leasher J, Naidoo K, Price H, White RA, Wong TY, Resnikoff S, Bourne RR; on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Prevalence and causes of vision loss in Southeast Asia and Oceania: 1990-2010. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan 9. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304050. [Epub ahead of print]

Wong TY, Zheng Y, Jonas JB, Flaxman SR, Keeffe J, Leasher J, Naidoo K, Pesudovs K, Price H, White RA, Resnikoff S, Taylor HR, Bourne RR; on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Prevalence and causes of vision loss in East Asia: 1990-2010. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan 3. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304047. [Epub ahead of print]

G Ratnarajan, J Somner, E Coombes, A Jones, R Bourne. Awareness of sight testing entitlements in patients referred for suspected glaucoma. Eye 2014, accepted for publication.

Rupert R A Bourne MD1, Gretchen A Stevens D.Sc.2a, Richard A White PhD3, Jennifer L Smith MSc 4, Seth R Flaxman BA5, Holly Price PhD1, Jost B. Jonas MD6, Jill Keeffe PhD7, Janet Leasher OD8, Kovin Naidoo PhD9, Konrad Pesudovs PhD10, Serge Resnikoff PhD11, Hugh R Taylor MD. Causes of Global Vision Loss: 1990-2010. The Lancet Global Health 2013. E-Published 11 November 2013.

Peter J. Hotez1,2,3 Miriam Alvarado4, María-Gloria Basáñez5, Ian Bolliger4, Rupert Bourne6, et al. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010: Implications for the Neglected Tropical Diseases. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Accepted 16 Feb 2014.

McGregor, Somner J, Bourne et al. "Social media use by patients with glaucoma: What can we learn?" Ophth Physiol Optics 2014: 34: 46-52. 
John EA Somner, Freda Sii, Rupert Bourne, Vinette Cross, Peter Shah. What do patients with glaucoma think about personal health records? Ophth Physiol Opt 2013:33:627-633.

Gretchen A Stevens, Richard A White, Seth R Flaxman, Holly Price, Jost B. Jonas, Jill Keeffe, Janet Leasher, Kovin Naidoo, Konrad Pesudovs, Serge Resnikoff, Hugh Taylor, Rupert R A Bourne, on behalf of the Vision Loss Expert Group. Global Prevalence of Vision Impairment and Blindness: Magnitude and Temporal Trends, 1990-2010. Ophthalmology. 2013 Dec;120(12):2377-84.


Contact details

Email: rupert.bourne@anglia.ac.uk