School:School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research
Rupert Bourne is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals and Director of Cambridge Eye Research Centre. He is the National Speciality Lead for Ophthalmology for the National Institute for Health Clinical Research Network.
Rupert trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital and undertook two glaucoma fellowships, one there and another at the Shiley Eye Centre/Hamilton Glaucoma Center in San Diego, California.
He is the Chair of the National Institute for Health Research Ophthalmology Speciality Group, responsible for NHS research delivery. In his role as Coordinator of the Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease Study, he has overseen the long-term research into worldwide prevalence rates of blindness and visual impairment, in partnership with the World Health Organization.
Rupert has a strong research interest, particularly in advanced techniques of glaucoma diagnosis and progression and the management of glaucoma in the community, along with overseas ophthalmology which has involved design and analysis of several large population-based surveys of eye disease, some national in scope, eg Pakistan, Bangladesh and Trinidad.
Rupert has set up several de novo glaucoma clinical research studies in the UK as chief investigator and has been principal investigator of more than 15 multi-centre clinical trials. Additionally he has served in a supervisory role and as Chair of Steering Committees of major national studies.
Supervised several PhD, MD and MSc students to completion as primary supervisor.
Regularly teaches medical students, optometry students and ophthalmology residents and fellows on local, regional and national teaching programmes and conferences. Faculty of European Glaucoma Society, European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology and World Glaucoma Association.
You can view details of Rupert's recent publications in the following places:
Integrating Research into Clinical Practice. R&D Symposium Hinchingbrooke House, 5 April 2017.
Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, 5-11 May 2017
Investigator Meeting Aerie Pharmaceuticals: The MERCURY Study, 19 May 2017.
Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress 2017, 23-24 May 2017.
European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, 29 June 2017.
World Galucoma Association Congress, 30 June-1 July 2017.
Retina International meeting at EURETINA, 7 September 2017.
European Glaucoma Society Faculty Members Meeting, 8-9 September 2017.
Global Burden of Disease 20th Anniversary Celebratory Conference, 25-27 September 2017.
European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 6-10 October 2017.
Steering Committee Meeting for EDNA HTA study, 24 September 2017.
Asia Angle Closure Club, 22-29 November 2017.
AVICCS 2017 – UK-China British Council Researcher Links Workshop: Auditory and Visual Impairments, their Impact and Community Care, 30 November-1 December 2017.
Sustainability in Glaucoma Services, 17 January 2018.
100% Optical conference, 27-29 January 2018.
Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología (SMO) y de la misma Asociación Panamericana de Oftalmología (PAAO), 28 Feburary-3 March 2018.
Global Vision Database, Queens University Belfast teaching, 6 March 2018.
Glaucoma Course: European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, 13 March 2018.
RCOphth NIHR Masterclass, 10 April 2018.
Italian Glaucoma Society, 12-13 April 2018.
Translational Medicine in Ophthalmology: From Theory to Practice, 20 April 2018.
Fight for Sight: Grants Assessment Panel, 24 April 2018.
Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, 28 April-4 May 2018.
England Vision Strategy conference, 17 May 2018.
European Glaucoma Society, 19-22 May 2018.
RCOphth College Congress NIHR Symposium, 23 May 2018.
E3 European Consortium, 8 June 2018.
World Ophthalmology Congress, 16-19 June 2018.
RCOphth Academic SubCommittee, 20 June 2018.
Haag-Streit UK Glaucoma Symposium, 22 June 2018.
NIHR CRN National Ophthalmology Specialty Group Meeting, 7 September 2018.
XXIII Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research, 10 September 2018.
Manchester Glaucoma Meeting, 19 September 2018.
Regional Ophthalmology teaching: NIHR Roadshow, 5 October 2018.
European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology Retina Academy, 12 October 2018.<
Glaucoma Course: European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, 22 October 2018.
American Academy of Ophthalmology, 27-30 October 2018.
Rupert regularly gives television, radio interviews and webinars.