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PHIL'S WEBSIGHT

Eyes, Inflammation, and all that Jazz

RECENT NEWS

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I HAVE A NEW HIP!

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Well, not that recent news. I underwent a right total hip replacement on 4th April 2017 and made a full recovery. Many thanks to the skill and kindness of surgeon Prof. Damian Griffin, Anaesthetist Matthew Wyse, all staff on Charlecote Suite and Physios Caroline and Jake at BMI Meriden, Coventry, and Physio David at BMI Priory.

BEES LOSE

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We lose 2-4 to Newcastle United at Gtech Community Stadium.

For more details check out my Bees Blog.

THE SOUL PROVIDERS

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TSP wow them at Thimblemill Library 1st April 2023.

NEXT GIGTBA

MY 'BABY' IS NOW 6 YEARS OLD!

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What's that coming over the hill, is it a Boxster?

Yes, it’s a Boxster!

WELCOME TO MY WEBSIGHT

Just a little bit about me (well, I'm not going to tell you everything!)

I am Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Birmingham and until October 2022 I was Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Born a cockney (within the sound of Bow Bells), but was brought up in West London. Educated at Latymer Upper School (click here for some notable Old Latymerians). Qualified in medicine from St. George's Hospital Medical School, London. Pursued a career in Ophthalmology with Registrar and Senior Registrar posts at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Spent one year on sabbatical in Amsterdam at the Department of Ophthalmo-Immunology, Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute. Senior Lecturer then very briefly Reader in Ophthalmology in Birmingham. Over many years have 'acquired' two daughters Hannah and Ella, a wife (Tricia), and a PhD but not necessarily in that order. Living in Moseley Village (a suburb of Birmingham, UK) in 2015 was described by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Britain and in 2017 as the best place to live in Birmingham. Moseley has an award-winning Farmers' Market (in 2023 it won Best Farmers' Market in the UK for the 4th time!), the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival, the Moseley Folk Festival, plus Moseley in Bloom. Sometimes I can be found here.

My saxophone hero is Dexter Gordon and I am a passionate supporter of my boyhood football team Brentford FC (nickname The Bees) - check out my blog about them.

About Me
News

OXFORD HANDBOOK OF OPHTHALMOLOGY 4th EDITION

is here!

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On sale now!

As it’s so good, why not buy 2!

P.S. We have now nearly finished the 5th Edition but don’t tell anybody

OUT OF THE BLUE BIG BAND

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On Saturday 17th February OOTB and vocalist Lee Hamblett went down a storm at Thimblemill Library

NEXT GIG: Click here

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ACADEMIC UNIT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (AUO)

The AUO is part of the Centre for Translational Inflammation Research, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing (Head: Prof. Liz Sapey), College of Medical and Dental Sciences (Head: Prof. Neil Hanley), of the University of Birmingham, UK. We also form part of the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology group (Head: Prof. Zubair Ahmed).

Our group includes: myself, Si Rauz (Professor of Translational Ophthalmology), Alastair Denniston (Hon. Professor), Graham Wallace (Non-clinical Associate Professor), Rob Barry (Associate Clinical Professor), Jose Romero H
ombrebueno (Non-clinical Assistant Professor), Liying Low (NIHR Clinical Lecturer), Gibran Butt (University Clinical Lecturer), Alberto Recchione (post-doctoral research Optometrist), Samuel Latham and Kusy Suleiman (NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows), Maryam Noeman (Junior Research Fellow), PhD student Nada Alfahad (MBChB-PhD), Secretaries - Charlotte Harris, Anna Beckett. Also Immunosuppression Nurse Practitioner Nat Poonit, Behçet Centre Manager Debbie Mitton, Behçet co-ordinator Vicky Sewell, Research Nurses and Research Data Co-ordinator.

We are based on the 1st Floor of the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre (BMEC) and our clinical activities take place in the Centre for Inflammatory Eye Disease on the site of City Hospital, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, and in the Research Laboratories of the Centre for Translational Inflammation Research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 

 

To see our publications please use PubMed and search on: murray pi, rauz s, denniston ak, wallace gr, barry rj, hombrebueno jr.

AUO
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WHAT IS UVEITIS?

Uveitis

Here are the Top 10 factoids about uveitis

  1. Uveitis is the third leading cause of blindness worldwide.

  2. Uveitis is a broad term that refers to inflammation of the uvea, which includes the iris, ciliary body, and choroid.

  3. Uveitis can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections, autoimmune diseases, trauma, and malignancy.

  4. Uveitis can affect people of all ages, but it is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 60.

  5. Symptoms of uveitis include eye redness, pain, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and floaters.

  6. Treatment for uveitis often involves the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, as well as immunosuppressive agents in some cases.

  7. Chronic uveitis can lead to complications such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular oedema, and retinal detachment.

  8. Some types of uveitis are associated with other medical conditions, such as sarcoidosis, ankylosing spondylitis, and Behçet's disease.

  9. Uveitis can be difficult to diagnose, and a thorough evaluation often includes a detailed medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging studies.

  10. Uveitis can recur, and long-term follow-up with an ophthalmologist is often necessary to monitor for disease activity and potential complications.

For more information on uveitis please check out:

Olivia’s Vision

Behçet’s UK

Birdshot Uveitis Society

Been a patient and want to give something back for the care you have received or would just like to support Ophthalmology in Birmingham? Then please donate through the charity the Roper-Hall Eye Foundation.

Music

MUSIC

The bands I am in

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OUT OF THE BLUE BIG BAND

I play baritone sax in possibly the greatest jazz Big Band in the UK (lol) - OK, I exaggerate slightly! Our repertoire is drawn from the classic swing and Big Band arrangements of the Basie and Ellington era as well as latin, blues, soul, pop and even rock n’roll. 

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THE SOUL PROVIDERS

We are a 9-piece band re-creating the great soul hits of the 1960s. We play numbers made famous by the soul greats Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Irma Thomas, The Temptations, The Supremes as well as songs by the Blues Brothers, Georgie Fame, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and instrumental hits from Booker T & the MGs, The Mar-Keys and The Bar-Kays. 

 

MY HORNS

A selection of sopranos, altos, tenor and baritones.

My Horns
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