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Dr Ashley Wood 

Ashley Wood

Telephone:+44 (0)29 20870563

Research Overview        

My main research interest is in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) which is currently the leading cause of vision loss and in the United Kingdom. As a consequence of my work in this area I have developed interests in Retinal Imaging, particularly Optical Coherence Tomography (see figure below), and clinical Electrophysiology. I’m currently interested in identifying new clinical parameters or “biomarkers” that can be employed to reliably monitor disease progression in future studies. Ultimately my hope is that that my research will make a contribution to the eventual development of a cure for this most widespread and debilitating of diseases.

A retinal photograph of a patient with early AMD

Figure: A retinal photograph of a patient with early AMD (A), the Laboratory based Optical Coherence Tomography (B) and a 3D OCT image showing a healthy fovea (C).


Teaching Overview:

BSc Optometry & Vision Science Course

Module Leader for Colour Vision & Perception (OP2206) & Occupational Optometry, Business & Law (OP3205).

Lecturer & Clinical Instruction:

Investigative Techniques (OP2103)

Colour Vision & Perception (OP2206)

Grand Rounds (OP3104 part of Abnormal Ocular Conditions)

Research Projects (OP3107)

Occupational Optometry, Business & Law (OP3205)


MSc Clinical Optometry Course

Lecturer & Clinical Instruction:

AMD (OPT023)

Diabetes (OPT022)

Glaucoma 2 (OPT011)


School and University Roles and Committees:

Deputy Exam Convenor

Chair of Staff-Student Committee

Deputy Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Environmental Compliance Officer (ECO) on Safety, Health and Environment committee

Member of School Research Audit Ethics Committee