Medical advice

Because aniridia is rare and complex, as well as having associated conditions it can be difficult to get reliable information about it. Our panel of medical experts help us understand the causes, symptoms, assessment, prognosis and treatment of aniridia. This includes issues relating to:

  • genetic mutations, deletions and inheritance.
  • eye conditions: cataracts, glaucoma, nystagmus, dry eye, keratopathy, strabismus and retina diseases.
  • central auditory processing disorder
  • WAGR/11p Deletion Syndrome

If you are a member and have a question or want information, about these or other areas contact Jenny, our Enquiries Officer enquiries@aniriida.org.uk
If she cannot answer herself she will send your question on to our Medical Adviser who if necessary will pass it on to one or more of the specialist Medical Panel members -see below.

Medical Adviser

Melanie Hingorani

Melanie HingaraniConsultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

  • Paediatric ophthalmology, particularly aniridia, ocular surface diseases, ocular allergy squint and ocular motility.
  • Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at Moorfields.

Medical Panel

Dr Doris Bamiou

Dr Doris BamiouSenior Lecturer and Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine; auditory processing disorders at UCL Ear Institute, National Hospital for Neurology and Honouray Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

  • First to show aniridia-associated auditory processing problems in adults and children.
  • Director of the MSc in Audiovestibular Medicine at UCL and F1000 Faculty Member.

Professor Graeme Black

Professor Graeme BlackOphthalmologist. Professor and Honorary Consultant in Genetics and Ophthalmology at Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester.

Dr Amanda Churchill

Dr Amanda ChurchillConsultant Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology at Bristol Eye Hospital.

  • Identifying the molecular cause of several developmental eye conditions, such as aniridia, Peters’ anomaly, Rieger’s anomaly/syndrome, congenital glaucoma and dominant optic atrophy.

Professor Julie Daniels

Professor Julie DanielsProfessor of Regenerative Medicine & Cellular Therapy and Director of Cells for Sight Stem Cell Therapy Research Unit at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

  • Scientist interested in treatment of cornea with stem cells.
  • Runs Cells for Sight Stem Cell Therapy Research Unit, a MHRA licensed state-of-the-art GMP facility available to academic and commercial researchers for the manufacture of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products.
  • Member of Aniridia Europe Committee.

Professor Bal Dhillon

Professor Bal DhillonProfessor of Clinical Ophthalmology at University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh.

  • Regenerative ophthalmology, macula disease, ocular imaging at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Also: Honorary Professor of Visual Impairment Studies, Heriot Watt University

Professor Irene Gottlob

Professor Irene GottlobProfessor of Ophthalmology and Honorary Consultant in Ophthalmology at University of Leicester; Leicester Royal Infirmary.

  • Regulation of eye movements and their disorders, in particular nystagmus.
  • Particular interest at foveal development and genetics of nystagmus.
  • Section editor of the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Professor Sir Peng Khaw

Professor Peng KhawConsultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology.

  • Glaucoma Studies and wound healing research.
  • Long track record of developing new treatments from laboratory through to international clinical trials.
  • Awarded the first ARVO/Pfizer international prize for translational research benefiting people around the world.
  • Also: President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2012-2013,
  • Director, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Translational Eye Research.
  • Knighted in 2013 for services to ophthalmology.

Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones

Kathy Pritchard-Jones

Professor of Paediatric Oncology, Consultant at UCL Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

  • Expert in molecular biology of renal tumours, part of WAGR syndrome.
  • Running Phase III trial for newly diagnosed kidney cancer children in the UK.
  • Vice Chairman and UK lead within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Renal Tumours Study Group (SIOPRTSG)

Mr Jay Self

 Jay SelfConsultant Ophthalmologist and Senior Lecturer University of Southampton

  • Expertise in ocular genetics, paediatric ophthalmology, paediatric cataract and eye movement disorders.
  • Research interests in nystagmus and high throughput genetic testing in clinical practice.
  • Interest in public engagement in science and advisor to the Nystagmus Network, IN-Vision and Gift of Sight charities.

Professor Veronica van Heyningen

Veronica van HeyningenHonorary Professor at University of Edinburgh and visiting scientist at University College London

  • Expert in the genetics of aniridia and related developmental abnormalities of the eye.
  • Following retirement from Human genetic Unit Medical Research Council, continues to collaborate with scientists and clinicians on the genetics of eye disease.

Also: Patron of Aniridia Network UK

Medical Research Monitor

Professor Marin Collinson at The Institute of Medical Sciences, University Aberdeen
Martin CollinsonDoctors and researchers often publish articles about their work. Sometimes these are freely available online or with a  limited distribution. Even those we do hear of, can be quite impenetrable for lay people. It is also often not clear how new or useful the content really is.

So we sought a professional to look out for developments that are worth people working with and affected by aniridia knowing about. Prof Martin Collinson has kindly volunteered. He will rephrase the reports it into plain English, and provide explanations to make them understandable. Read Martin’s articles.

9 Responses to Medical advice

  1. Pingback: Knighthood for member of our medical panel | Aniridia Network UK

  2. Pingback: Leicester researchers seek under 7s with aniridia | Aniridia Network UK

  3. Pingback: Review of Aniridia Network UK Conference 2013 | Aniridia Network UK

  4. Pingback: Cornea tattoos | Aniridia Network UK

  5. Pingback: Cure for aniridia under spotlight | Aniridia Network UK

  6. Pingback: Our Patron’s Life Scientific on Radio 4 | Aniridia Network UK

  7. Pingback: Cornea Connect brings researchers and patients together | Aniridia Network UK

  8. Pingback: Stem cell research and treatment for aniridia presentation | Aniridia Network UK

  9. Julie says:

    My grandson has aniridia, could you please recommend the best most knowlegable specialist that would give us advice about my grandson

    Thankyou

    Julie

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s