The Gene.Vision Team
The team behind the Gene.Vision website is headed by Professor Mariya Moosajee, Mr Peter Thomas and Dr Alex Yeong, supported by NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Retina UK.
Professor Mariya Moosajee
Professor Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She is a Professor of Molecular Ophthalmology at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and Group Leader of Ocular Genomics and Therapeutics at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Professor Moosajee’s current clinical focus is providing a genomic ophthalmology service for children and adults affected with pan-ocular genetic eye disease. She also leads an active research group and is focused on both clinical research, which involves detailed characterisation of patient’s clinical features and natural history studies to understand disease progression and define outcome metrics for clinical trials. In the laboratory, she is advancing our understanding of the molecular basis of ocular maldevelopment and inherited retinal dystrophies. Dr Moosajee is the joint President of the UK Eye Genetic Group, sits on the Education and Academic committees at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and is the President of Women in Vision UK.
Mr Peter Thomas
Peter is the Director of Digital Innovation and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Clinically, he specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgery. He has been involved in digital health for many years, and his main interest is in driving the digital transformation of eyecare in the UK. His work supports the creation of new models of care, for example the recent deployment of video consultations and home monitoring at Moorfields, that are more convenient and more available for patients. He sits on a number of national committees and boards to drive this process agenda across all of ophthalmology and in the NHS more generally. His current research with the Moorfields’ Digital/Clinical Lab involves the assessment of environmental impact of healthcare, and the creation and implementation of clinically helpful artificial intelligence solutions.
Dr Alex Yeong
Alex is a fifth-year ophthalmology specialist trainee based at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated from University of Dundee in 2013 and remained there for two years to complete his foundation training. He moved to Northern Ireland in 2015 to commence his ophthalmology training, but spent the past year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London creating Gene.Vision. Alex has an interest in retinal diseases and has been involved in various research projects, including a Cochrane systematic review on a form of investigative treatment for age-related macular degeneration, he has contributed to the Textbook of Genomic Ophthalmology by writing the chapter on inherited retinal dystrophies under the supervision of Professors Mariya Moosajee and Andrew Webster. He also organised and run a research clinic in Belfast recruiting patients with nystagmus into the 100,000 Genomes Project, which subsequently piqued his interest in genetics and applied to help create the Gene.Vision website. Alex believes that patient care can be enhanced by bridging the gap between patients and healthcare professionals through sharing clinical information in a comprehensive and easily-understood manner. The Gene.Vision website is created around this core value.
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