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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Infection and Global Health Division of the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews and lead for the Digital Diagnostics and Emerging Technologies stream of the Mackenzie Institute for early diagnosis. Through education and research collaborations I am also Honorary Lecturer at the Hasanuddin University, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia and the University of Rwanda School of Allied Health Sciences. My work as a Primary Eye Care educator has led me me to become a technical advisor for Christian Blind Mission (CBM) Global as well as Tanzaneye NGO based in Western Tanzania. Clinically I work as a part-time Consultant Ophthalmologist in NHS Fife, Scotland with an interest in Paediatrics and Emergency Eye Care.

After studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graudating in 1993, I entered ophthalmology training in NHS Tayside and Fife completing training with a Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane with Professor Gole in 2005. During training I took a two-year sabbatical with the University of Edinburgh to develop a support network and notification system for children with visual impairment called ‘VI Scotland’. While a specialist trainee I promoted interdisciplinary working and community based functional vision assessment teams for children with complex needs.

As a Consultant I developed paediatric ophthalmology services in NHS Fife and led the national referral assessment service for children with visual impairment at the Children’s Hospital in Glasgow.

In 2011 I took a further sabbatical period to work as lead paediatric ophthalmologist at CCBRT disability hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since returning from Tanzania in collaboration with community paediatric colleagues I establsihed a new national Visual Impairment Managed Clinical Network (VINCYP) for Scotland.

While lead ophthalmologist with VINCYP we developed and implemented a tailored visual impairment registration system for children and young people. In April 2018 the Scottish Government adopted the register as the statutory visual impairment system for children.

In 2015 I joined the Infection and Global Health Division at the University of St Andrews and now work in four main areas.

1)   Frugal Diagnostic Tools for Low Resource Settings

2)   Inter-Professional Primary Eye Care Education

3)   Tanzanian Endemic Optic Neuropathy

4)   Childhood Cerebral Visual Impairment

Frugal Diagnostic Tools for Low Resource Settings

Working closely with industry and the major eye care NGOs I am the clinical and research lead of a team that develops and evaluates a range of solar powered low cost diagnostic devices for identification of vision and hearing impairment in low and middle-income countries.

Inter-Professional Primary Eye Care Education

To complement implementation of these devices a range of simulation tools and educational packages have been developed and are being implemented and evaluated in several Sub-Saharan African countries.

Tanzanian Endemic Optic Neuropathy

Along with Dr Freddie Burgess we lead an internationally recognsied team that is investigating the causes of TEON, the most common cause of visual impairment amongst youg people in Tanzania. The team’s hypothesis is that lack of exposure to sunlight and a diet dominated solely by carbohydrate in a genetically predisposed population are the major underlying causes of the disease.

Childhood Cerebral Visual Impairment

Through work with the national registration system in Scotland the causes and associations of childhood visual impairment are being identified revealing strong associations with deprivation and maternal drug use. These findings will inform national policy on prevention and habilitation of childhood disability in Scotland and other developed countries.

Profile Keywords

Ophthalmology; Global Health; Early Diagnosis; Frugal Technology; Medical Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Fellowship Paediatric Ophthalmology, Royal Children's Hospital, Queensland, Royal Children’s Hospital Herston

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK), Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Award Date: 1 Nov 2004

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Edinburgh University

Aug 1987Jul 1993

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

Bachelor of Science, Pathology, Edinburgh University

Aug 1989Jul 1990

Award Date: 4 Jul 1991

External positions

Technical Advisor CBM Global

1 Oct 2021 → …

Honorary Lecturer , Universitas Hasanuddin

1 Sept 2019 → …

Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Rwanda

28 Feb 2001 → …

Keywords

  • RE Ophthalmology
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical Education
  • Global Health
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Frugal Technology
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Visual Impairment
  • Blindness
  • Simulation Training
  • Glaucoma
  • Low & Middle Income Countries
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Simulation Training
  • Low & Middle Income Countries

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  • CVI-SIM Outreach, Training and Evaluation - University of St Andrews

    Catherine Anne Cassidy (Participant), Alan Henry David Miller (Participant), Andrew Blaikie (Participant) & Helen St Clair Tracy (Participant)

    3 Sept 2023

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  • Primary Eye Care Education Workshop - Tanzania

    Andrew Blaikie (Participant)

    2 May 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a workshop, seminar, course

  • Primary Eye Care Education Workshop - Kenya

    Andrew Blaikie (Participant)

    1 Apr 2022

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  • Primary Eye Care Education Workshop - Malawi

    Andrew Blaikie (Participant)

    Feb 2022

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  • Scottish Research Showcase 2021

    Calum McAndrew (Organiser), Sam Langford (Organiser), Kirsty Ross (Member of organising committee), Rebecca Madgin (Participant), Richa Sharma (Participant), Anne-Marie Weijmans (Participant), Marlene Cramer (Participant), Iona Beange (Participant), Stephanie Campbell (Participant), Kevin Leomo (Participant), Emma Thompson (Participant), Emma Puranen (Participant), Linda Scobie (Participant), Hamideh Shahidi (Participant), Yvonne Skipper (Participant), Julien Reboud (Participant), Kate Sang (Participant), Emily Hague (Participant), Antonia Ho (Participant), Dianna Murray (Participant), Katherine Dunn (Participant), Siming Zuo (Participant), Hannah Bialic (Participant), Tobias John Boorman (Participant), Bart Danon (Participant), Andrew Blaikie (Participant), Eve McGlynn (Participant), Kristin Bjorg Arnardottir (Participant), Gerald Fux (Participant), Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Participant), XinRan Liu (Participant), Maria Gutierrez Mecinas (Participant), Kamaljit Singh (Participant), Daniel Streicker (Participant) & Ann-Kristin Kaune (Participant)

    17 Sept 2021

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