Dr Philip Burgess
Phil's Clinical PhD Programme Experience:
"I am an ophthalmologist currently undertaking a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD in Blantyre, Malawi. My project focuses on the epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy in the Malawian population and will explore some of the underlying disease mechanisms. This fellowship has allowed me to develop my research interest in retinal vascular biology and further my career in academic ophthalmology. It has allowed me to preform meaningful medical research in a developing country with clear long term benefits for patients.
As part of the fellowship I have completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and published a systematic review of the epidemiology of DR in Africa. Data from my on-going cohort study will be published in peer reviewed journals over the next 2 years. I have improved my knowledge of study design and implementation, medical statistics, and critical appraisal of medical literature, and developed leadership and project management skills. I have developed academic collaborations in the UK and abroad and have successfully applied for funding for an ophthalmology research fellow to continue work on DR in Blantyre after my departure. I have helped develop services for DR in Blantyre by training clinical officers in recognition and referral of DR and registrars in laser therapy. Together with local ophthalmologists I have developed referral pathways for patients with diabetes.
During the remainder of the fellowship I look forward to interacting with leaders in the field of DR research at international meetings and health policy makers in Malawi. I will be involved in setting the research agenda for DR in Malawi improving DR services in the country. I will continue to provide laser therapy in Blantyre (>150 patients treated so far) and will continue progress in small incision cataract surgery. On my return to the UK I will continue my post graduate training in ophthalmology. I will apply for a Clinical Lecturer post with the intention of developing our group’s international collaborations in diabetic retinopathy research (specifically with Hong Kong and LV Prasad eye Institute, Hyderabad). I will subsequently pursue a career in medical and surgical retina with an academic component."
Publications for Philip Burgess
High prevalence in Malawi of sight-threatening retinopathy and visual impairment caused by diabetes: identification of population-specific targets for intervention.
Burgess PI1, Allain TJ, García-Fiñana M, Beare NA, Msukwa G, Harding SP.
Posterior segment eye disease in sub-Saharan Africa: review of recent population-based studies.
Bastawrous A, Burgess PI, Mahdi AM, Kyari F, Burton MJ, Kuper H.
Management of diabetic retinopathy
Ellis D, Burgess PI, Kayange P.
Diabetic retinopathy in sub-Saharan Africa: meeting the challenges of an emerging epidemic.
Burgess PI, Msukwa G, Beare NA.
Epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy in Africa: a systematic review.
Burgess PI, MacCormick IJ, Harding SP, Bastawrous A, Beare NA, Garner P.
Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy, cataract and visual impairment in patients with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.
Glover SJ, Burgess PI, Cohen DB, Harding SP, Hofland HW, Zijlstra EE, Allain TJ.
Visual perception of a dislocated intraocular lens.
Burgess PI, Glasman PJ, Prasad S.
Burgess PI, van der Hoek M, Beare NAV, Allain TJ, Msukwa GR, Harding SP. 'Prevalence of retinopathy and visual impairment in people with diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa and relationship with population specific variables'. Oral presentation at EU Retina, Hamburg 2013.