Dr Tom Margrain
Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 6118
Fax:+44 (0)29 2087 4859
Location:Room 2.28, Maindy Road
My primary research interest is macular disease, the number one cause of visual impairment in the UK. By developing new technologies capable of detecting and monitoring early age-related macular degeneration, I hope we can speed up the development of therapeutic interventions. The techniques developed in our lab are currently being used to obtain proof of concept data in early stage clinical trials. However, whilst ‘finding a cure’ for macular disease is my dream, I also recognise that people who already have this condition have to cope with visual impairment and therefore I am also interested in the development of high quality rehabilitation services.
Fig 1. Retinal photograph showing early AMD (A), central visual loss in advanced AMD (B) and diagram showing where AMD starts, the photoreceptor / RPE complex (C).
As a clinician I am passionate about clinical teaching quality. I teach our 2nd year undergraduates how to undertake an ‘eye examination’ in a module called ‘clinical studies and dispensing’ (OP 2101). I also teach ‘Optometric Practice’ in the 3rd year and work in our Primary Care Clinics. More recently, I have taken on the role of module leader for the research module in our MSc programme.