Professor Matthew Burton


of International Eye Health & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science

Room 394

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

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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.

Matthew's main research focus is on trachoma. This has involved a range of projects on the control and pathogenesis of this blinding infectious disease. 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.

Matthew is also involved in research into fungal and bacterial corneal infections in India, conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma in Kenya and the development of smartphone based applications for eye care.

Matthew holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science which supports research on the control and pathogenesis of blinding trachoma in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

He is a Professor within the International Centre for Eye Health at the LSHTM and an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


Evidence on Disability


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.


Research Area
Clinical trials
Human genetics
Disease control
Disease and Health Conditions
Eye diseases
Infectious disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Gambia, The
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Posterior lamellar versus bilamellar tarsal rotation surgery for trachomatous trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial.
Habtamu, E.; Wondie, T.; Aweke, S.; Tadesse, Z.; Zerihun, M.; Zewudie, Z.; Kello, A.B.; Roberts, C.H.; Emerson, P.M.; Bailey, R.L.; Mabey, D.C.; Rajak, S.N.; Callahan, K.; Weiss, H.A.; Burton, M.J.;
Lancet Glob Health
Topical fluorouracil after surgery for ocular surface squamous neoplasia in Kenya: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Gichuhi, S. ; Macharia, E. ; Kabiru, J. ; Zindamoyen, A.M. ; Rono, H. ; Ollando, E. ; Wachira, J. ; Munene, R. ; Maina, J. ; Onyuma, T. ; Sagoo, M.S. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Burton, M.J. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Development and Validation of a Smartphone-Based Visual Acuity Test (Peek Acuity) for Clinical Practice and Community-Based Fieldwork.
Bastawrous, A.; Rono, H.K.; Livingstone, I.A.; Weiss, H.A.; Jordan, S.; Kuper, H.; Burton, M.J.;
JAMA Ophthalmol
Surgery versus epilation for the treatment of minor trichiasis in ethiopia: a randomised controlled noninferiority trial.
Rajak, S.N. ; Habtamu, E. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Kello, A.B. ; Gebre, T. ; Genet, A. ; Bailey, R.L. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Khaw, P.T. ; Gilbert, C.E. ; Emerson, P.M. ; Burton, M.J. ;
PLoS Med
Absorbable versus silk sutures for surgical treatment of trachomatous trichiasis in ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial.
Rajak, S.N. ; Habtamu, E. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Kello, A.B. ; Gebre, T. ; Genet, A. ; Bailey, R.L. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Khaw, P.T. ; Gilbert, C.E. ; Emerson, P.M. ; Burton, M.J. ;
PLoS Med
The conjunctival transcriptome in scarring trachoma.
Burton, M.J.; Rajak, S.N.; Bauer, J.; Weiss, H.A.; Tolbert, S.B.; Shoo, A.; Habtamu, E.; Manjurano, A.; Emerson, P.M.; Mabey, D.C.; Holland, M.J.; Bailey, R.L.;
Infect Immun
Re-emergence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection after mass antibiotic treatment of a trachoma-endemic Gambian community: a longitudinal study.
Burton, M.J.; Holland, M.J.; Makalo, P.; Aryee, E.A.; Alexander, N.D.; Sillah, A.; Faal, H.; West, S.K.; Foster, A.; Johnson, G.J.; Mabey, D.C.; Bailey, R.L.;
A randomised controlled trial of azithromycin following surgery for trachomatous trichiasis in the Gambia.
Burton, M.J.; Kinteh, F.; Jallow, O.; Sillah, A.; Bah, M.; Faye, M.; Aryee, E.A.; Ikumapayi, U.N.; Alexander, N.D.; Adegbola, R.A.; Faal, H.; Mabey, D.C.; Foster, A.; Johnson, G.J.; Bailey, R.L.;
Br J Ophthalmol
See all Professor Matthew Burton's Publications