ORBIS Associate Ophthalmologist Funding Award 2019, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)
(supporting a one week visit to Myanmar for adult and paediatric cataract surgery)
Merton Graduate Scholarship 2019-20
International travel grant, 2019 - ARVO Foundation
Oral presentation prize at the Midland Ophthalmological Symposium - Midland Ophthalmological Society, 2015
National Alcon Glaucoma Competition Winner 2015 - Alcon.
Ophthalmology Travel Bursary 2014 - Royal Society of Medicine.
Ethicon Foundation Fund 2013 - Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Best Overall Research Prize 2013 - UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS).
Best Overall Poster Prize - European Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (EPOS) Annual Meeting, 2013
Sir William Lister Travel Award 2012 - Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Ophthalmology Annual Presentation Prize 2012 - Royal Society of Medicine.
McCartney Prize in Ophthalmic Pathology 2011 - Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Best Cataract Surgery Presentation Prize 2010 -UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS).
Duke Elder Examination Prize in Ophthalmology 2009 - Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Best Poster Prize 2009 - Royal Society of Medicine
Wolfson Foundation Intercalated Degree Scholarship - Royal College of Physicians.
Essay Prize in Rheumatology 2007 - Arthritis Research Council
MBChB(Hons) MRes MRCP(UK) PG Dip Ed FRCOphth
DPhil Student and MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow
Imran is currently undertaking a DPhil at the University of Oxford under the joint supervision of Professor Robert MacLaren and Professor Peter Charbel Issa. His research focusses on the development of a gene therapy treatment for a currently untreatable form of inherited retinal degeneration which results in blindness. His DPhil is funded by the Medical Research Council, UK.
Imran is an honorary Specialist Registrar in Ophthalmology at the Oxford Eye Hospital, having completed 6 years of ophthalmic surgical training. He graduated from Manchester Medical School in 2009 with Honours, and completed a Masters in Research degree with Distinction. He has published over 60 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and has won 15 prizes at national or international level including the Duke Elder Prize in Ophthalmology in 2009. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP).
Imran is a co-editor of the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Medical School (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has an interest in medical education having completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at the Oxford Learning Institute. He has tutored at Magdalen College, Oxford University for 6 years and has visited Kwale District Eye Centre in Kenya annually over the past 7 years as part of a visiting team to provide clinical skills training and provides ongoing support in clinical research studies. He is the co-founder of the Oxford FRCOphth Part 2 course, and is the co-host of EyeJC, the ESCRS online journal club. Imran participated in an ORBIS mission to Myanmar in 2019 to support a programme of cataract surgery. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Merton College Graduate Scholar 2019-20.
Imran is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and was part of the RCOphth guideline development group that made new recommendations for hydroxychloroquine retinopathy screening in the UK (2018 & 2020). He is leading a national epidemiological study of this disorder. He sits on the Research Committee for the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS).
Baseline retinal testing is no longer recommended for hydroxychloroquine users in the United Kingdom
YUSUF I. et al, (2021), Rheumatology
Yusuf IH. et al, (2021), Eye
Yusuf IH. et al, (2020), Eye
Yusuf IH. et al, (2020), JAMA Ophthalmology
Cell-Mediated Inflammatory Response to AAV Gene Therapy in the Retina
Chandler LC. et al, (2020), MOLECULAR THERAPY, 28, 515 - 516