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Prof James Bainbridge
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
11-43 Bath Street
Tel: 0207 608 6889
  • Chair of Retinal Studies
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

James Bainbridge is Professor of Retinal Studies at UCL and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He trained in medicine at Kings College Cambridge and St Mary's Hospital Medical School London. He completed specialist training in clinical ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and, as a Wellcome Research Training Fellow, completed a PhD in Genetics at UCL. Supported by a Wellcome Advanced Fellowship he was appointed to Moorfields as Consultant Ophthalmologist in 2004. He was appointed to the Chair of Retinal Studies at UCL in 2011, and NIHR Research Professor in 2012.

Research Summary

James Bainbridge is a surgeon-scientist. His  aim is to reduce the prevalence of blindness using translational research to develop effective new treatments for retinal vascular and neurodegenerative diseases. He collaborates widely in multidisciplinary research programmes to develop new molecular and cellular therapies. His own programme of research extends from the laboratory investigation of mechanisms of retinal disease in experimental models, through preclinical development of novel therapies, to clinical trials of new medical and surgical interventions. In 2007 he performed the World's first gene therapy for inherited blindness and in 2012 Europe's first stem cell transplantation for macular degeneration.

Teaching Summary

James Bainbridge is regularly invited to give lectures nationally and internationally. He has been primary supervisor for 11 PhD/MD students and has examined the theses of 7 PhD/MD students. At UCL he teaches undergraduate medical students and gives lectures as part of MSc courses for postgraduate students, including Clinical Ophthalmology, Biology of Vision, Gene and Cell Therapy, and Microvascular Biology. He is an Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor in the North Thames Deanery for postgraduate medical education, and represents Academic Ophthalmology for the London School of Ophthalmology Specialty Advisory Group.

01-MAR-2012 – 28-FEB-2017 NIHR Research Professor Institute of Ophthalmology UCL, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2011 Professor of Retinal Studies   UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2004 Hon Consultant Ophthalmologist   Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Genetics University College London
1994 MA Master of Arts – Medical Sciences University of Cambridge
1993 BM BChir Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery – Medical Sciences University of Cambridge
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