Group Leader: Professor Peter McCluskey
Uveitis and inflammatory eye disease are common causes of vision loss in patients of working age. The uveitis research clinic at Save Sight Institute is extremely busy and steadily accruing more patients.
We are currently auditing glaucoma surgery outcomes in patients with uveitic glaucoma and visual outcomes in patients with birdshot choroiopathy.
A multidisciplinary paediatric uveitis clinic will soon commence in conjunction with the paediatric rheumatologists in the University Department of Ophthalmology at Sydney Eye Hospital, with the aim of improving patient care and outcomes in children with severe uveitis.
The uveitis research group has begun to establish a large DNA biobank for patients with inflammatory eye diseases at Sydney Eye Hospital. This biobank has stimulated interest in biobanking across the discipline and plans are now well advanced to establish the ocular disease focussed Biobank in Australia within the University Department of Ophthalmology based at Sydney Eye Hospital.
We will store samples from a wide range of complex ocular disorders managed at Sydney Eye Hospital. The first patient samples are currently being collected, and validated human tissue will be readily available to answer important research questions. The biobank project aims to provide researchers on campus with pathologist-validated normal, diseased and surgical human eye tissue to rapidly translate observations made in vitro or in animal models into therapies or diagnostic tests for humans.
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