External collaborators & advisers


Adnan Tufail
Professor of Ophthalmology

Professor Adnan Tufail is a world-leading expert in retinal disease and a prolific researcher. His research interests include Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence diangostic support systems in Diabetic Retinopahty, new treatments for choroidal neovascularisation (associated with age-related macular degeneration as well as other conditions) and novel treatments for diabetic retinopathy
He is involved in laboratory as well as clinical research into treating a number of rare retinal diseases

Key Experience

Two-year fellowship in medical retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as a period with Prof Gass and the Vanderbilt Medical Centre, Nashville, USA
Spent 2 ½ years at the Jules Stein Eye Hospital, Los Angeles, USA, undertaking clinical training in uveitis as well as completing a higher research degree
Clinical and research lead at Moorfields Eye Hospital for treatments for age-related macular degeneration


Cathy Egan
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Diabetic Retinopathy Lead

Dr Cathy Egan is a world-renowned retinal expert and lead for the MacTel trial at the Moorfields Reading Centre.

Dr Egan has published extensively on novel imaging and automated grading for Diabetic Retinopathy. Her pioneering work on the MacTel study has engendered new insight into this condition and has demonstrated the crucial role of ophthalmic imaging for refined phenotyping of retinal disease.

Dr Egan is lead for the diabetic retinopathy service at Moorfields Eye Hospital.


Pearse Keane
Professor of Medical Artificial Intelligence


  • NIHR Clinician Scientist, University College London (UCL), Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Pearse leads a programme of applied clinical research in artificial intelligence (AI) at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. As part of this, he initiated the long-term collaboration between Moorfields NHS Foundation Trust and DeepMind. He works closely with the Moorfields Image Reading Centre on this and a number of other independent research projects.


Dr Keane specialises in applied clinical and translational research, with a particular interest in the application of new technologies to health care. In April 2015, he was ranked no. 4 on a worldwide ranking of ophthalmologists under 40, published in “the Ophthalmologist” journal. In 2016, he initiated a formal collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital and Google DeepMind, with the aim of applying machine learning to automated diagnosis of optical coherence tomography (OCT) images.


Ted Garway-Heath
International Glaucoma Association Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma & Allied Studies

David Garway-Heath is President of the European Glaucoma Society, Vice President of the Imaging and Perimetry Society, and Chair of the Membership Committee of the Glaucoma Research Society.

In addition to his clinical work, Professor Garway-Heath leads research in visual assessment and imaging at the Biomedical Research Centre of the UK National Institute for Health Research. His research has contributed to the understanding of structure-function relationship in glaucoma, and his pioneering work in ophthalmic imaging has helped lay the foundations for the use of the technique in glaucoma management. He conducted the first randomized placebo-controlled trial in glaucoma to provide evidence for visual field preservation with an IOP-lowering drug. The findings reported in The Lancet indicated that the study design enabled a considerable reduction in the period needed to identify treatment effects, thus increasing the likelihood of bringing new drugs more quickly and more cost-effectively to patients.

David Garway-Heath has been recipient of several honours, including the Alcon Research Institute Award, the World Glaucoma Association Senior Clinician Scientist Research Recognition Award, and the prestigious status of Senior Investigator of the UK National Institute for Health Research. He has been consecutively cited as one of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology worldwide in The Ophthalmologist magazine’s power list.


Michel Michaelides
Professor of Ophthalmology

Michel Michaelides BSc MB BS MD(Res) FRCOphth FACS is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in the departments of Medical Retina, Inherited Eye Disease and Paediatric Ophthalmology; and is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. He is a recipient of a Career Development Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (USA) – an award that is rarely given to non-US applicants; and has gained membership of the Macula Society and Retina Society in the USA.

He has undertaken a medical retina and genetics clinical fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and a combined ophthalmic genetics and paediatric ophthalmology clinical and research fellowship at Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

His clinical and research interests include diabetic eye disease and inherited eye disease in adults and children; with over 300 peer-reviewed publications and 35 book chapters. He is actively involved in retinal clinical trials investigating novel and established therapies, being a principal investigator in 5 on-going clinical trials.


Tony Robson
Professor of Ophthalmology

Dr Anthony G. Robson has worked in Clinical Neurophysiology and Visual Electrophysiology for almost 30 years, including the last 13 years as a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. He has written or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, mainly on clinical electrophysiology, genotype-phenotype correlations and fundus autofluorescence imaging in retinal disease. He currently manages one of the largest electrophysiology Departments worldwide and remains actively involved with clinical electrophysiology, clinical trials and research. He was elected Director of Standards for the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) in 2015 and was awarded the position of Honorary Professor at the Southwest Hospital Third Military Medical University, Chongqing in March 2017.

Current positions:

Consultant Clinical Scientist, Electrophysiology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Inst. of Ophthalmology, University College London.

Honorary Professor, Southwest Hospital Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China

Director of Standards, International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV)

Editorial Board Member. Ophthalmic Genetics; Journal of Ophthalmology

Society Memberships:

Macula Society (2010-). ISCEV (2001-); BrISCEV (2003-), ARVO (2000-), British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology (BSCN; 1996-), Colour Group (GB) (2004-).

Miscellaneous: Foundation Fighting Blindness: sponsored Scientist 2000-2010 & co-investigator (2010-2015). BSCN young investigator award (1996, 1999). Colour group (GB) David Palmer Award (2005). Reviewer for Documenta Ophthalmologica, Retina, IOVS, Archives of Ophthalmology, American journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Eye, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Visual Neuroscience, Current Eye Research, Perception, Retinal Physician, PLoS ONE.