UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Miss Lola Solebo

Miss Lola Solebo

Principal Clinical Research Fellow

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
7th Aug 2013

Research summary

As an epidemiologist, my interests lie around the "Who, What, Why, How" of childhood eye and vision disorders - developing and undertaking the studies we need to understand who is at risk and the determinants (why?) of those risks, what outcomes are and the determinants of those outcomes, and understanding how we translate these findings into changes in clinical practice and health policy. 

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8933-5864

TEDx Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/dr_lola_solebo_through_the_eyes_of_a_child

Childhood Uveitis Signs and Symptoms Studies (ChUSS)

These studies aim to understand the determinants of outcome for a rare, potentially blinding childhood inflammatory eye disease: Uveitis: 

The childhood uveitis imaging studies are improving how we phenotype, monitor and treat disease. These studies are partnered by a Citizen Science Zooniverse Study, and developing networks of image scientists able to inform biomarker development in other disease areas. 

The UveQ study is developing a child-report eye symptom score. 

UNICORNS, the Uveitis in childhood national prospective cohort study, is also undertaking the work necessary to harmonise datasets for childhood eye disease - work which is necessary for multi-centre rare eye disease studies. In the UK, collectively, rare disease is the commonest cause of childhood blindness.  


Worldwide, cataract is the leading cause of avoidable childhood blindness. IoLunder2, an internationally unique national observational longitudinal study, has established a unique cohort of children undergoing cataract surgery, and findings are informing practice and policy: 


Childhood Vision Screening

Findings from our NSC commissioned systematic review into childhood vision screening informed the national Childhood Vision Screening programme. 


I am a member of the National Screening Committee's Vision Screening Advisory Group and contributed to the development of national resources to support commissioning and delivery, and am also a member of the World Health Organization's Paediatric Eye Care Interventions Development Group. 


The British Childhood Visual Impairment Blindness study is providing detailed epidemiological data, necessary for planning and evaluating population health and clinical strategies and services. 

Key findings  


I fell in love with Epidemiology at medical school after hearing about John Snow, and fancied myself as a future medical detective. 

I was a PhD student at UCL ICH, and have stayed because of the warmth, generosity and cross-disciplinary nature of the staff and students here, and the quality and impact of our output – as well as the strong relationships between ICH, GOSH and the other UCL partners such as the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields.

As lead of the Institute's Race Equity Group, I'm proud to be part of a team which formulates and supports the implementation of actions which address the challenges of inequality in academia. 

My partner and I are parents to two elemental forces disguised as human girls https://medscilife.org/stories/dr-lola-solebo/