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Pearse Keane

Dr Pearse Keane

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Associate Professor, Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL

Pearse is a retinal specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and a NIHR clinician scientist at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD and other complex macular diseases, and his research is focused on the application of new technologies to ophthalmology – from AI, to virtual reality, to advanced imaging. In 2016, Pearse was responsible for initiating the collaboration between Moorfields and Google DeepMind, with the aim of applying machine learning to OCT image analysis and in 2015, he was awarded a “Clinician Scientist” award from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) – the first ophthalmologist in the UK to receive such an honour. He predicts that the combination of AI with comprehensive, automated eye examination using binocular OCT will reinvent the eye examination for the 21st Century.

In 2020 Pearse was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship for his project entitled, “Enabling the Development and Application of AI in the NHS”. Pearse believes that AI has the potential to transform healthcare and both the UK – and ophthalmology – can lead the way.

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