Professor John Forrester

Professor John Forrester

Emeritus Professor

Professor John Forrester
Professor John Forrester

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The University of Aberdeen Room 4.24 Institute of Medical Sciences
AB25 2ZD
Tel:  01224 437507


Professor Forrester received his MD, ChB from Glasgow University, Scotland in 1970.  In 1980 he received his MD also from the University of Glasgow.  Between 1979-1984 he was Consultant Ophthalmologist/Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology at Glasgow University.  In 1984 he was appointed to his current post, Cockburn Professor of Ophthalmology University of Aberdeen/Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, NHS Grampian.

He has over the years received 16 awards and Visiting Professorships including the London Hospital Prize for Original Research in Ophthalmology in 1977, the Duke Elder Medal and the Ida Mann Medal in 1991.  He received the Spinoza Professorship in Amsterdam in 1998 and the Kimura Lectureship as Visiting Professor (UCSF) University of California, San Francisco in 2004.

His main areas of research are Diabetic Retinopathy, Angiogenesis, Endothelial Cell Function, Ocular Immunology, Uveitis, Autoimmune Disease, Imaging in Ophthalmology, Wound Healing and Corneal Transplantation and has published over 260 papers.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Physicians of Edinburgh, Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He was Chairman of the RCOphth Medical Ophthalmology Training Sub-Committee and the RCOphth Diabetic Retinopathy Guidelines Committee and a member of the MRC Advisory Board.  He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology 1992-2000.  He is currently an Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Ophthalmology, European Journal of Ophthalmology and Current Eye Research.



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  • Tomographic reconstruction of the retina using a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope

    Vieira, P., Manivannan, A., Lim, C. S., Sharp, P., Forrester, J. V.

    Physiological Measurement, vol. 20, pp. 119

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Cytokine regulation of RANTES production by human retinal pigment epithelial cells

    Crane, I. J., Kuppner, M. C., McKillop-Smith, S., Knott, R. M., Forrester, J. V.

    Cellular Immunology, vol. 184, no. 1, pp. 37-44

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Choroidal dendritic cell function is regulated by the retinal pigment epithelium

    Forrester, J. V., Crane, I., Liversidge, J., Lumsden, L., Mekillop-Snmhr, S.

    Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 38, no. 4

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Nitric oxide accelerates the onset and increases the severity of experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis through an IFN-gamma-dependent mechanism

    Hoey, S. A., Grabowski, P. S., Ralston, S. H., Forrester, J. V., Liversidge, J.

    The Journal of Immunology, vol. 159, no. 10, pp. 5132-5142

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A fully automated comparative microaneurysm digital detection system

    Cree, M. J., Olson, J. A., McHardy, K. C., Sharp, P. F., Forrester, J. V.

    Eye, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 622-628

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • What determines the site of inflammation in uveitis and chorioretinitis?

    Forrester, J. V., Liversidge, J., Dick, A., McMenamin, P., Kuppner, M., Crane, I., Hossain, P.

    Eye, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 162-166

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • CD59 and CD48 expressed by rat retinal pigment epithelial cells are major ligands for the CD2-mediated alternative pathway of T cell activation

    Liversidge, J., Dawson, R., Hoey, S. A., McKay, D., Grabowski, P., Forrester, J. V.

    The Journal of Immunology, vol. 156, no. 10, pp. 3696-3703

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the orbits using a binocular surface coil

    Deans, H., Redpath, T. W., Smith, F., PAREKH, S., Forrester, J. V.

    British Journal of Radiology, vol. 61, no. 728, pp. 665-672

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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