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Scope Transatlantic Case Reports Award winner (2022)

Awarded Medical Research Council DTP Scholarship to read for DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences, NDCN (2020)

Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2018)

EuRetina Winter Meeting Best Poster Award (2017)

BMBCh, University of Oxford (2011)

Martin Wronker Prize (1st place First BM Final Examinations), University of Oxford (2008)

BA (Medical Sciences, Specialist topic Neuroscience), 1st Class, University of Oxford (2008)

Merit in Neuroscience, Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2007)

Ruofan Connie Han

MA Medical Sciences (Oxon), BMBCh (Oxon), FRCOphth

DPhil Student and MRC-DTP Scholar

Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology

Connie is currently in year five of her clinical specialty training in Ophthalmology at the Oxford Eye Hospital and in the final year of her DPhil in the MacLaren group, working on non-viral delivery methods for CRISPR sgRNA in the eye. She was educated at Oxford University (Magdalen College) and won the Martin Wronker prize at the end of her BA in Medical Sciences for the highest score achieved in Finals that year. During her undergraduate degree she undertook a research project with the laboratory of Professor Russell Foster, examining connexin expression in intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells of rodless/coneless mice. She graduated from Oxford in 2011 with several merits and her BMBCh. She began specialty training in Ophthalmology in 2015 but has continued to pursue research interests. Her work establishing testing protocols for mesopic microperimetry has won the EuRetina winter meeting Best Poster award in 2017. 


Connie’s interests outside medicine include travel, and she has volunteered and undertaken elective studies in India, Cuba, Guatemala, and Ghana, and spent two years working as a house officer and later as an ophthalmology registrar in New Zealand.


Recent publications

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RC Han, JM Jefferis, JP Taylor, NK Archibald, MP Clarke “A novel, muldisciplinary clinic for complex visual problems in older people” Eye 26 1536-1541 Dec 2012

RC Han, AP Person, “A toddler with intermittent mydriasis” Minerva, BMJ, 2016; 355: i5083

RC Han, TD Robson, I Yusuf, “Red Flags in Ophthalmology” Clinical Focus: Primary Care; 11 (2) 2017, 138

RC Han, JK Jolly, K Xue, RE MacLaren, ‘Effects of pupil dilation on MAIA microperimetry.’ Clin Exp Ophthalmol 45 (5) 2017 489-495

RC Han, JM Gray, J Han, RE MacLaren, JK Jolly, ‘Optimisation of dark adaptation time required for mesopic microperimetry.’ British Journal of Ophthalmology 2019: 103: 1092-1098

JK Jolly, JM Gray, AP Salvetti, RC Han, RE MacLaren "A randomised crossover study to assess the usability of two new vision tests in patients with los vision and, relationship of the measures to daily living tasks' Optometry and Visual Science 2019, 96 (6), 443-452

RC Han: Book Chapter 'Preparing for Clinical Exams' in Oxford Handbook for Medical Students, Oxford University Press 2019

RC Han, LE Fry, A Kantor, ME McClements, K Xue, RE Maclaren "Is subretinal AAV gene replacement still the only viable treatment option for choroideremia?" Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs 2021: 9: 13-24 

RC Han, RE MacLaren, “RNA gene editing in the eye and beyond – the neglected tool of the gene editing armatorium?” International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology, 2022; 372: 175-205

IH Yusuf, RC Han, SM Downes, SM Sharma “A nationwide survey of hydroxychloroquine retinopathy presenting to the hospital eye service in the United Kingdom” Eye 2022

RC Han, LJ Taylor, C Martinez-Fernandez, RH Henderson, DA Thompson, J Cehajic-Kapetanovic, RE MacLaren. “Is RPGR-related retinal dystrophy associated with systemic disease? A case series. Ophthalmic Genetics 2023.