Professor Matthew Burton
PhD MA MBBCh DTM&H MRCP FRCOphth
of International Eye Health & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science
Matthew Burton is an ophthalmologist. He qualified in medicine from Cambridge University in 1994. His post-graduate training was in Oxford and at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. From 2001 to 2004 he worked as a clinical research fellow at the LSHTM on a Wellcome Trust funded trachoma research programme based at the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia. He was subsequently based at the Department of Ophthalmology, KCMC Hospital, Moshi, Tanzania from 2008 to 2012.
He is a Professor within the International Centre for Eye Health at the LSHTM and an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Matthew holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science and is Director of the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium.
Matthew teaches on the MSc in Community Eye Health and the Tropical Ophthalmology Short Course in London and the East African DTM&H in Moshi.
Matthew's main research focus is blinding eye infections. This has involved a range of projects on the control and pathogenesis of trachoma in Ethiopia, Tanzania and The Gambia. Studies have included several clinical trials on the management of trichiasis, longitudinal studies on the impact of mass azithromycin treatment and a range of studies investigating the immunopathogenic response that leads to the scarring complications of this infection. He leads a collaborative programme of trachoma research in Ethiopia called Stronger-SAFE which is seeking to understand the routes and dertminants of transmission, develop interventions to target these routes and to test them in a cluster randomised trial.
Matthew also leads a research programme on fungals and bacterial corneal infections (microbial keratitis) in Uganda, Tanzania and Nepal. This is investigating intervention strategies to reduce the vision loss from this disease.