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Dr Philip Burgess

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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

Publication Incremental cost-effectiveness of screening and laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy and macular edema in Malawi
Vetrini D, Kiire C, Burgess PI, Harding SP, Kayange PC, Kalua K, Msukwa G, Nicholas A. V. Beare NAV, Madan J

Publication Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa: from clinical care to health policy
Atun R, Gale E, Davies J, Bärnighausen T, Beran D, Binagwaho A, Levitt N, Mangutu F, Nyirenda M, Manguyu F, Nyirenda M, Nyonator F, Ogle GD, Ramaiya K, Sewankambo N, Sobngwi E Tesfaye S, Yudkin JS, Basu S, Manne-Goehler J, Postolovska I, Salomon J, Vollmer S, Abbas ZG, Abdullah M, Adeyi O, Besançon S, Bukhman G, Burgess PI, Burton M, Dodson P, Joel D, Jong S, Mbaye MN, Mwagomba B, Reja A, Rotimi C, Siraj ES, Stefan C, van Acker K.

Publication Incidence and progression of diabetic retinopathy in Sub-Saharan Africa: a five year cohort study
Burgess PI, Harding SP, García-Fiñana M, Beare NAV, Glover S, Cohen DB, Msukwa G, Allain TJ

Publication 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.

Publication 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.

Publication Management of diabetic retinopathy
Ellis D, Burgess PI, Kayange P.

Publication Diabetic retinopathy in sub-Saharan Africa: meeting the challenges of an emerging epidemic.
Burgess PI, Msukwa G, Beare NA.

Publication Epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy in Africa: a systematic review.
Burgess PI, MacCormick IJ, Harding SP, Bastawrous A, Beare NA, Garner P.

Publication 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.

Publication Visual perception of a dislocated intraocular lens.
Burgess PI, Glasman PJ, Prasad S.

Publication First Prospective Cohort Study of Diabetic Retinopathy from Sub-Saharan Africa: High Incidence and Progression of Retinopathy and Relationship to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

Burgess PI, Harding SP, García-Fiñana M, Beare NA, Msukwa G, Allain TJ


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.