Prof. James Loughman Department of Optometry School of Physics College of Sciences and Health Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland
Prof. James Loughman Graduated as an Optometrist from DIT with first class honours in 1997. He received his PhD in ophthalmology in 2006.Since October 2008, Prof. Loughman has been seconded to a senior research management role, as Director and Principal Investigator of two Africa based international development projects, the Mozambique Eyecare Project and the Human Resources for Eye Health initiative, and as Principal Investigator of a national eye health systems project (Glaucoma Care in the Community), a glaucoma clinical trial (Macular Pigment and Glaucoma Trial) and a contact lens development trial. In 2009, Prof. Loughman established and continues as Director and National Chair of the Irish registered charity.Prof. Loughman has published forty four scientific articles in leading peer reviewed journals, over seventy peer-reviewed presentations and posters, numerous scientific letters and commissioned articles, and been invited to chair and deliver keynote speeches at various international conferences, as well as delivering continuous education lectures to healthcare professions. Prof. Loughman has secured in excess of €4.6 million in research funding since 2007, and is currently collaborating with numerous international academic, research and corporate partners to revolutionise eye health systems, develop preventive health technologies and systems, and build eye health capacity through international development. The successes these varied initiatives have led to his appointment as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, and as Honorary Professor at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Research interest in Preventive eye health interventions for the most common causes of blindness and visual impairment including age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, refractive error and glaucoma.