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Doctor James Self

Dr James Self

 BM FRCOphth PhD
Associate Professor

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Jay completed his higher specialist training in Paediatric Ophthalmology in Southampton and Manchester and his research training through an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship/PhD in Ophthalmic Molecular Genetics.


"All of our research has the overarching aim of improving the lives of children with eye disorders"

Jay’s research interests cover a range of disorders affecting vision in children including nystagmus, albinism, genetic disorders of the eye, amblyopia and paediatric cataract. His team combines expertise in genetics, bioinformatics, wet-lab modelling, eye-tracking and clinical trials.

Jay is an advisor to 5 vision charities, board member for two charities, Div A representative for the UHS hospital charity, and ambassador for one foundation. He works closely with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) in a number of roles including member of the genomics working group, member of the paediatric and academic subcommittees, chair of various national masterclass training courses and has represented the college for media communications and guideline development. He is the national chair of the NIHR paediatric and neuro-ophthalmology Clinical Study Group (CSG). He is an advocate of public engagement in science and has delivered many public address lectures and open floor sessions for over 10 years.

Jay and his team are passionate about translating research findings into clinical practice and improving the care for children with visual disorders by improving diagnostics, developing new treatments and ways of working and disseminating best practice.