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Jugnoo Rahi MBBS, PhD, MSc, FRCOphth, DCH

Jugnoo Rahi MBBS, PhD, MSc, FRCOphth, DCH

Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, GOS Institute of Child Health UCL, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Ophthalmology UCL, NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre, London, United Kingdom

Dr. Jugnoo Rahi is an ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an epidemiologist with a joint appointment at the GOS Institute of Child Health UCL (ICH) and  the Institute of Ophthalmology (IO) UCL.

Dr. Rahi leads the Vision and Eyes Group based at GOS ICH, a unique multi-disciplinary population health sciences research group. Their interests are in visual health, eye disease and visual impairment in childhood and in the early life origins of and life course influences on chronic complex eye conditions and visual health in adult life. Through their research, they aim to enhance understanding to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and to inform service and policy decisions nationally and internationally.

Dr. Rahi’s group research comprises both discovery science and translational research and encompasses classical, life course, clinical and genetic epidemiology and biostatistics alongside health services research. They have two broad and integrated themes.  The first comprises investigations of the frequency, natural history, aetiology, treatment or outcomes of the main blinding diseases of childhood, which are individually uncommon.  The second comprises both lifecourse and genetic epidemiological research on common but potentially less visually disabling disorders of children/childhoodonset which nevertheless carry significant health, social and personal costs.

Dr. Rahi’s group research has created opportunities to undertake methods development and application of epidemiological and statistical approaches appropriate to ophthalmology and visual sciences, where data are hierarchical/clustered and many quantitative phenotypes have “non-normal” distributions.

By undertaking much of their research by establishing new national clinical ophthalmic research networks, the Vision and Eyes Group has facilitated timely translation of findings into practice and helped create a research infrastructure for future collaborations. 

Dr. Rahi  provides independent scientific advice on visual health and vision impairment forward/blindness, in particular relating to chip children and young people, to the World Health Organisation and various UK governmental health bodies.


Dr. Rahi has no relevant disclosures.