UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Prof Jugnoo Rahi

Prof Jugnoo Rahi

Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2003

Research summary

I lead the Vision and Eyes Group based at GOS ICH, a unique multi-disciplinary population health sciences research group.  Our interests are in visual health, eye disease and visual impairment in childhood and in the early life origins of and life course influences on chronic complex eye conditions and visual health in adult life. Through our research we aim to enhance understanding to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and to inform service and policy decisions nationally and internationally.

Our research comprises both discovery science and translational research and encompasses classical, life course, clinical and genetic epidemiology and biostatistics alongside health services research. 

We have two broad and integrated themes:  

The first comprises investigations of the frequency, natural history, aetiology, treatment or outcomes of the main blinding diseases of childhood, which are individually uncommon and of particular interest at NIHR Specialist BRCs at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOS)/GOS Institute of Child Health UCL (ICH) and Moorfields eye Hospital/Institute of ophthalmology UCL (IO). 

The second comprises both life course and genetic epidemiological research on common but potentially less visually disabling disorders of children/childhood onset which nevertheless carry significant health, social and personal costs.

Our research has created opportunities to undertake methods development and application of epidemiological and statistical approaches appropriate to ophthalmology and visual sciences, where data are hierarchical/clustered and many quantitative phenotypes have ‘non-normal’ distributions.

 By undertaking much of our research by establishing new national clinical ophthalmic research networks, we have facilitated timely translation of findings into practice and helped create a research infrastructure for future collaborations.

 Our research programme was selected as one of 12 ICH UCL Impact Case Studies in REF 2014.


University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1998
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1994
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Doctorate, Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists | 1992
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma | 1990
Royal College of Physicians
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma of Child Health | 1989
University of London
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery | 1986


 I am an ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an epidemiologist with a joint appointment at the GOS Institute of Child Health UCL (ICH) and the Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) UCL.

After clinical training in London in paediatrics and in ophthalmology, I undertook academic training, completing masters and doctoral studies in epidemiology supported by sequential Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowships held jointly between the UCL GOS ICH and IO.  

In 2010 I was promoted to the UK’s first chair in Ophthalmic Epidemiology. This unique joint post, straddling GOS ICH and IoO, reflects the integration of my academic & clinical roles and the cross-disciplinary and translational nature of my research.

I lead the Vision and Eyes Group and also the Ulverscroft Vision Research Group (UVRG) at GOS ICH. The latter is an inter-disciplinary initiative supported by a major ongoing charitable donation from the Ulverscroft Foundation enabling core scientific posts and clinical and non-clinical doctoral training fellowships. 

Other current roles:

Head of Population, Policy and Practice Research and Teaching Department GOS ICH 2019-, one of the five Departments at GOS ICH

Chair, Academic Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOPhth) 2018-

Chair, British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit Executive Committee 2019-

Member, Paediatric Subcommittee RCOphth 2007-

Selected Awards

RCPCH Young Investigator of the Year’ (SPARKS medal) 2002

AcademiaNet - Expert Outstanding Female Academics 2015

NIHR Senior Investigator 2018

David Owen/Ulverscroft and RCOpth Prize for Best Research in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (Inaugural award)  2019  Jointly  awarded to Dr Lola Solebo (lead author) and the British Congenital Cataract Interest Group

VISION UK Astbury Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Sight Loss Sector 2019

British Medical Association ‘Women in Academic Medicine Role Model’ 2020