UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Prof James Bainbridge

Prof James Bainbridge

Chair of Retinal Studies

Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2005

Research summary

James Bainbridge is a surgeon-scientist. His  aim is to reduce the prevalence of blindness using translational research to develop effective new treatments for retinal vascular and neurodegenerative diseases. He collaborates widely in multidisciplinary research programmes to develop new molecular and cellular therapies. His own programme of research extends from the laboratory investigation of mechanisms of retinal disease in experimental models, through preclinical development of novel therapies, to clinical trials of new medical and surgical interventions. In 2007 he performed the World's first gene therapy for inherited blindness and in 2012 Europe's first stem cell transplantation for macular degeneration.

Teaching summary

James Bainbridge is regularly invited to give lectures nationally and internationally. He has been primary supervisor for 11 PhD/MD students and has examined the theses of 7 PhD/MD students. At UCL he teaches undergraduate medical students and gives lectures as part of MSc courses for postgraduate students, including Clinical Ophthalmology, Biology of Vision, Gene and Cell Therapy, and Microvascular Biology. He is an Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor in the North Thames Deanery for postgraduate medical education, and represents Academic Ophthalmology for the London School of Ophthalmology Specialty Advisory Group.


University College London
PhD, Genetics | 2004
University of Cambridge
MA, Medical Sciences | 1994
University of Cambridge
BM BChir, Medical Sciences | 1993


James Bainbridge is Professor of Retinal Studies at UCL and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He trained in medicine at Kings College Cambridge and St Mary's Hospital Medical School London. He completed specialist training in clinical ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and, as a Wellcome Research Training Fellow, completed a PhD in Genetics at UCL. Supported by a Wellcome Advanced Fellowship he was appointed to Moorfields as Consultant Ophthalmologist in 2004. He was appointed to the Chair of Retinal Studies at UCL in 2011, and NIHR Research Professor in 2012.