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City academic new Co-ordinating Editor for Cochrane Eyes and Vision

Professor John Lawrenson, Research Lead for the Applied Vision Research Centre, City, University of London, appointed to new role at Cochrane.

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

John Lawrenson is Professor of Clinical Visual Science and Research Lead for the Applied Vision Research Centre, at City, University of London.

On Wednesday, he was announced as a new co-ordinating editor for Cochrane Eyes and Vision (CEV) an international network of individuals working to prepare, maintain and promote access to systematic reviews of interventions to treat or prevent eye diseases or visual impairment. CEV also perform systematic reviews of the accuracy of diagnostic tests for common ocular diseases or conditions.

A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesise all the evidence that answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view aimed at minimizing bias, to produce more reliable findings to inform decision making.

CEV is part of Cochrane, an internationally recognised, independent body of experts, whose work is a benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care.

A Cochrane Review is a systematic review of research in health care and health policy that are designed to facilitate the choices that doctors, patients, policy makers and others face in health care.

Advocacy for evidence-based practice within optometry will form an important part of Professor Lawrenson’s new role, who was previously an editor for CEV since 2014, and has already led five Cochrane Reviews into the evidence behind a range of interventions for eye health:

Glaucoma

Non-contact tests for identifying people at risk of primary angle closure glaucoma (2020)

Diabetic retinopathy

Interventions to increase attendance for diabetic retinopathy screening (2018)

Age-related macular degeneration

Antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplements for slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration (2017)

Antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplements for preventing age-related macular degeneration (2017)

Traumatic corneal abrasions

Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for analgesia in traumatic corneal abrasions (2017)

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Lawrenson said:

I am very much looking forward to taking on this leadership role at Cochrane Eyes and Vision and supporting the development of priority systematic reviews relevant to optometry and the delivery if primary eye care.

You can also listen to Professor Lawrenson talk about the barriers to retinopathy screening below:

Understanding the barriers to retinopathy screening: City, University of London.

Further information

To find out more about optometry at City, University of London, visit our Optometry webpages.

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