Pioneering retinal expert receives honorary degree


16-10-2019
Professor Rajiv Raman received the award of Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University

Internationally renowned retinal specialist Professor Rajiv Raman received the award of Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University Vice Chancellor, Professor Roderick Watkins, at a graduation ceremony at the Cambridge Corn Exchange yesterday (Tuesday).

Professor Raman is a pioneer in using Artificial Intelligence in the detection of diabetic retinopathy. In 2012, he was appointed Medical Director at the Choithram Nethralaya hospital in Indore, and since 2013, he has been Senior Consultant for Vitreo-retinal Services at Sankara Nethralaya, a not-for-profit charitable eye hospital in Chennai. He is one of the most innovative retinal specialists and researchers currently working in India.

Professor Raman successfully identified the link between Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and the use of smokeless tobacco products, and has worked on projects to identify genetic risk and protective factors for diabetic retinopathy and AMD.

More recently, Professor Raman has been working alongside a US-based team from Google – to develop and validate a Deep Learning-based automated retinopathy referral algorithm.

Professor Watkins said: “As one of the leading researchers in diabetic retinopathy – which is one of a key research areas in our Vision and Eye Research Institute – he will be instrumental in enabling ARU to expand our collaborative activities across India and worldwide.

“As an outstanding researcher and pioneer, and one of Asia’s most innovative retinal specialists, Professor Raman will be an inspirational role model for our researchers and students of medicine and vision sciences.”

 

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