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Usha Chakravarthy

Short CV

Current Profesor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Royal Victoria Hospital (The Belfast Trust) and Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
1993-1999 Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant, Ophthalmic Directorate, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
1990-1993 Vision Research Lecturer, Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
1986-1989 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
1982-1986 Senior Registrar, Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
1980-1982 Registrar, Eye Hospital, Southampton
1978-1980 Senior House Officer, Surgical Rotation, Amersham General Hospital, Bucks

Scientifc Interest

  • Age-related visual performance
  • Choroid & retinal neovascularization
  • Antioxidants


  • Fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow of The American Academy
  • Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • EVER
Usha Chakravarthy
Usha Chakravarthy

Research Group

Clinical studies and Genetics
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The Queen’s University of Belfast

BT12 6BA Belfast
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Phone: + 44 2890 633954
Fax: + 44 2890 330744


Chakravarthy Laboratory

Key Publications

  1. Wong T, Chakravarthy U, Klein R et al.
    The Natural History and Prognosis of Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration A Systematic Review of the Literature and Meta-analysis.
    Ophthalmology 2008 Jan;115(1):116-26.
  2. Hogg RE, Woodside JV, Gilchrist SE, Graydon R, Fletcher AE, Chan W, Knox A, Cartmill B, Chakravarthy U.
    Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Are Strong Risk Factors for Choroidal Neovascularization.
    Ophthalmology 2007, epub ahead of print.
  3. Beatty S, vanKuijk F, Chakravarthy U.
    Macular pigment and age-related macular degeneration. Longitudinal data and better techniques of measurement are needed.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Mar;49(3):843-845 .
  4. Hughes AE, Patterson CC, Esfandiary H, Hogg RE, McConnell V, Silvestri G, Chakravarthy U.
    Neovascular age-related macular degeneration risk based on CFH, LOC387715/HTRA1, and smoking.
    PLoS Med. 2007 Dec;4(12):e355
  5. Moutray T, Alarbi M, Mahon G, Chakravarthy U.
    Relationships between clinical measures of visual function, fluorescein angiographic and OCT features in patients with subfoveal CNV.
    Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Mar;92(3):361-4.
  6. Karnon J, Czoski Murray C, Simith K, Brand C, Chakravarthy U et al.
    A preliminary model based assessment of the cost-utility of a screening programme for early age-related macular degeneration.
    HTA monograph. Health Technol Assess. 2008 Jun;12(27):1-146.
  7. Dherani MK, Murthy GV, Gupta SK, Young I, Maraini G, Camparini M, Price GM, John N, Chakravarthy U, Fletcher A.
    Blood levels of vitamin C, carotenoids and retinol are inversely associated with cataract in a north Indian population.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Aug;49(8):3328-35.
  8. Beirne RO, Zlatkova MB, Chang CK, Chakravarthy U, Anderson RS.
    How does the short-wavelength-sensitive contrast sensitivity function for detection and resolution change with age in the periphery?
    Vision Res. 2008 48;1894-901
  9. Augood C, Chakravarthy U, Bentham G et al .
    Oily fish consumption, dietary DHA and EPA intake, and associations with neovascular age -related macular degeneration"
    American Journal of clinical Nutrition. 2008 Aug;88(2):398-406.

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