Dr Aman Chandra

Research Associate

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Medicine

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Ophthalmology , Vision and eye research

Research Supervision:Yes

Aman Chandra is a consultant ophthalmic & vitreoretrinal surgeon, ophthalmic research and governance and audit lead at the Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Research Associate at ARU Vision and Eye Research Unit.

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Background

Aman’s clinical training was at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London) and the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital (Melbourne). His PhD thesis was entitled “Genetic Associations of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments & Ectopia lentis”, for which he was awarded the Syme Medal from Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

His research interests continue to focus on retinal diseases and zonular disease. He has been awarded in excess of £100,000 in research grants in the past, and has acted as primary investigator on numerous clinical trials over the last decade. He has collaborators across USA, India, Australia and UK.

Aman is Ophthalmology Council member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Awards and Scholarships Lead at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and immediate past research lead for the British & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS). He developed BEAVRS's first annual research grant and its affiliation as a non-commercial partner of the NIHR. He presided over the review and awarding of the first four years’ grants.

He is a section editor for Eye, and reviews over 50 manuscripts annually. He also reviews for IOVS, British Journal of Ophthalmology, European Journal of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology.

He has supervised MD and BSc students.

Research interests

  • Retinal disease
  • Zonular disease

Teaching

Aman has a deep interest in training and runs a number of clinical courses at ARU, national and international meetings. He is a member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh). His teaching includes:

  • Developing and running the annual Clues from the Cutter vitreoretinal surgery course
  • Surgical Trainer: Microsurgical Skills Course (Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK)
  • Simulation Trainer (European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, Switzerland)
  • Surgical Liquid Devices course (Euretina)
  • Faculty on Get it Flat course for vitreoretinal surgeons (American Society of Retinal Specialists)

Qualifications

  • MFSTEd, Faculty of Surgical Trainers of Edinburgh
  • FRCSEd, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • PhD, “Genetics of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment & Ectopia Lentis", University College London, Institute of Ophthalmology. Awarded Syme Medal (RCSEd 2015)
  • FRCOphth, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • MRCSEd, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • MRCOphth, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • MBBS, Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals Medical School (University of London)
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, King’s College London

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Americal Society of Retinal Specialists
  • Euretina (European Society of Retinal Specialists)
  • British & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)
  • British Medical Asscociation
  • Section Editor (Retina), Eye
  • Council member (Ophthalmology), Royal Society of Medicine
  • Awards & Scholarships Lead, Education Subcommittee, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Immediate Past Research Lead & Board member, British & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons)
  • Previous: Section Editor (Retina): Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology (Scientific Journal of Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmology)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Major Ophthalmology Grant: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fight For Sight: Small Project Award
  • Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Ethicon Travel Award
  • Pfizer Travel Award

Selected recent publications

Journal articles

Chandra, A., Romano, M. R., Ting, D. S., Chao, D. L., 2020. Implementing the new normal in ophthalmology care beyond COVID-19. European Journal of Ophthalmology.

Chandra, A., Haynes, R., et al., 2020. Personal Protective Equipment for Vitreoretinal Surgery during COVID-19 pandemic. Eye, Jul;34(7), pp. 1196-1199.

Akram, H., Dowlut, M. S., Karia, N., Chandra, A., 2020. Emergency retinal detachment surgery during COVID-19 pandemic: a national survey and local review. Eye, Sep 22:, pp. 1-2.

Naderi, K., Allen, F., Dowlut, S., Karia, N., Chandra, A., 2020. The risk of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment following anterior vitrectomy during cataract surgery: with versus without pars plana vitrectomy. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthal, Nov; 258(11), pp. 2425-2429.

Fotis, K., Alexander, P., Sax, J., Reddie, I., Kang, C. Y., Chandra, A., 2019. Macular Detachment for the Treatement of Persistent Full Thickness Macular Holes. Retina, Oct;39 Suppl 1, S104-S107.

Chandra, A., Smith, J., Wang, B., Sandhu, S., Allen, P., 2017. Post Vitrectomy Endophthalmitis in Victoria. Australia Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthal., 6(1), p. 104.

Chandra, A., Lai, M., Mitry, D., Bannerjee, P., Kumar, N., Wickham, L., 2017. Ethnic variation in Idiopathic macular hole surgery. Eye, 31(5), pp. 708-12.

Johnson, T., Chandra, A., Hewitt, A., 2016. The Genetics of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment. Ophthalmic Genetics, Jun;37(2), pp. 121-129.

Chandra, A., Patel, D., Aragon-Martin, J. A., Pinard, A., Collod-Beroud, G., Comeglio P., et al., 2015. The Revised Ghent Nosology; Reclassifying Isolated Ectopia Lentis. Clinical Genetics, Mar;87(3), pp. 284-7.

Chandra, A., Banerjee, P. J., Davis, D., Charteris, D.G., 2015. Ethnic variation in Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment. Eye, Jun;29(6), pp. 803-7.

Koukkoulli, A., Chandra, A., Sheth, H., Okhravi, N., Verma, S., Sullivan, P., et al., 2015. Bridging the Gap: Theory-Based Design of a Microsurgical Skills Course for Ophthalmology Residents. Journal of Surgical Education, Jul-Aug;72(4), pp. 585-91.

Chandra, A., Mitry, D., Wright, A., Campbell, H., Charteris, D. G., 2014. Genome-wide association studies: applications and insights gained in Ophthalmology. Eye, 28(9), pp. 1066-79.

Chandra, A., Arno, G., Williamson, K., Sergiounotis, P. I., Preising, M. N., Charteris, D. G., et al., 2014. Expansion of Ocular Phenotypic Features Associated With Mutations in ADAMTS18. JAMA Ophthalmology, 132(8), pp. 996-1001.

Chandra, A., Charteris, D., 2014. Molecular pathogenesis and management strategies of ectopia lentis. Eye, 28(2), pp. 162-168.

Chandra, A,. Jones, M., Cottrill, P., Eastlake, K., Limb, G. A., Charteris, D. G., 2013. Gene expression and protein distribution of ADAMTSL-4 in human iris, choroid and retina. The British Journal of Ophthalmology, 97(9), pp. 1208-12.

Chandra, A., Aragon-Martin, J. A., Hughes, K., Gati, S., Reddy, M. A., Deshpande, C., et al., 2012. A Genotype-Phenotype Comparison of ADAMTSL4 and FBN1 in Isolated Ectopia Lentis. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 53(8), pp. 4889-4896.

Chandra, A., D'Cruz, L., Aragon-Martin, J. A., Charteris, D. G., Limb, G. A., Child, A. H., et al., 2012. Focus on Molecules: ADAMTSL4. Exp Eye Res, Nov(104), pp. 95-96.

Chandra, A., Aragon-Martin, J. A., Sharif, S., Parulekar, M., Child, A., Arno, G., 2012. Craniosynostosis with Ectopia Lentis and a Homozygous 20-base Deletion in ADAMTSL4. Ophthalmic Genet, Mar-Jun 2013;34(1-2), pp. 78-82.

Chandra, A., Charteris, D. G., Yorston, D., 2011. Posturing after macular hole surgery: a review. Ophthalmologica, 226 Suppl 1, pp. 3-9.

Chandra, A., Jazayeri, F., Williamson, T. H., 2011. Warfarin in vitreoretinal surgery: a case controlled series. The British Journal of Ophthalmology, 95(7), pp. 976-978.

Book chapters

Chandra, A., Trabousli, E., 2021. Ectopia Lentis and Marfan Syndrome. In Ashworth, J., Black, G., Leroy, B. (eds), 2021. Practical Genomics for Clinical Ophthalmology (Elsevier, in press).

Fotis, K., Chandra, A., 2020. Macular Holes. In Azarbod, P., Khaw, P. T. (eds) 2020. Key Clinical Topics in Ophthalmology, (London: JP Medical Publishers).

Chandra, A., Charteris, D. G., 2016. Ophthalmic Abnormalities in Marfan Syndrome. In Child, Anne H. (ed), 2016. Diagnosis and Management of Marfan Syndrome, (New York: Springer).

Pandey, S. K., Thankur, J., Werner, L., Apple, D. J., Chandra, A., 2013. Ophthalmic Viscosurgical Devices. In Dutta, L. C., Dutta, N. K. (eds), 2013. Modern Opthalomology (3rd ed), Volume 1 (New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers).