Lt Col Richard Blanch
Richard Blanch is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in the British Army and an Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He has a particular interest in ocular trauma and works closely with the National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (NIHR SRMRC) – a national centre for trauma research – where he leads the clinical research aiming to understand the causes of poor eyesight after injury and to improve the visual outcomes after retinal injury.
Richard completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2013 looking at the mechanisms of apoptosis after retinal injury and his current laboratory work is directed towards understanding and preventing retinal cell death after trauma and in other conditions including glaucoma. His clinical research with the NIHR SRMRC is investigating scarring processes within the eye, which cause poor outcomes after retinal detachment. He has received funding from the Ministry of Defence, Fight for Sight, Blind Veterans UK and the Drummond Foundation.
Richard is keen to engage people with eye research and has organised and participated in parts of the British Science Festival and in school outreach events.