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Moorfields Eye Hospital optometrist wins research award

Dr Reena Chopra received the George Giles postgraduate research prize from the College of Optometrists

Reena Chopra
Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital optometrist, Dr Reena Chopra, has been recognised for her work applying artificial intelligence to disease detection in ophthalmology with a national research award.

She received the George Giles postgraduate research prize from the College of Optometrists.

The award is one of four research excellence prizes given out each year by the College, with the aim of recognising outstanding contributions to research in the fields of optometry, optics and vision science.

Dr Chopra contributed to research, published in Nature Medicine, that investigated the use of deep learning technology to predict which individuals would progress to wet age-related macular degeneration.

The study found that the technology performed better than five out of six experts in predicting disease progression – demonstrating the potential of artificial intelligence in this field.

Dr Chopra said she was “delighted” to receive the research award.

“I hope that we can utilise the full possibilities of AI in clinical diagnostics in the near future,” she highlighted.

Dr Chopra discussed her research collaboration with Google DeepMind Health in an interview with OT in 2019.