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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  • Behavioural characterization of the sub-acute MPTP mouse model of Parkinson’s disease

    Santoro, M., Melis, V., Moreau, P., Forrester, J., Riedel, G., Teismann, P.

    Scottish Neuroscience Group meeting 2014

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Crosslinked collagen hydrogels as corneal implants: effects of sterically bulky vs. non-bulky carbodiimides as crosslinkers

    Ahn, J., Kuffova, L., Merrett, K., Mitra, D., Forrester, J., Li, F., Griffith, M.

    Acta Biomaterialia, vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 7796–7805

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The high-risk corneal regraft model: a justification for tissue matching in humans

    Vitova, A., Kuffova, L., Klaska, I. P., Holan, V., Cornall, R. J., Forrester, J. V.

    Transplant International, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 453-461

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Uveitis in mouse and man

    Forrester, J., Klaska, I., Yu, T., Kuffova, L.

    International Reviews of Immunology, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 76-96

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Tumor necrosis factor polymorphisms associated with tumor necrosis factor production influence the risk of idiopathic intermediate uveitis

    Atan, D., Heissigerova, J., Kuffova, L., Hogan, A., Kilmartin, D. J., Forrester, J. V., Bidwell, J. L., Dick, A. D., Churchill, A. J.

    Molecular vision, vol. 19, pp. 184-195

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • MHCII ablation attenuates reactive gliosis and alters cytokine responses in the MPTP-model of Parkinson’s disease

    Teismann, P., Martin, H. L., Walker, C., Sathe, K., Mustafa, S., Mounsey, R. B., Forrester, J.

    AD/PD Conference

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Sympathetic Ophthalmia

    Forrester, J. V., Kuffova, L.

    Complications of Vitreo-Retinal Surgery. Wong, D., Lois, N. (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Biosynthetic Alternatives to Human Donor Tissue

    Griffith, M., Kuffova, L., Forrester, J. V., Lagali, N., Fagerholm, P., Gantxegui, N. G., Fuchsluger, T. A.

    Copeland and Afshari's Principles and Practice of Cornea. Copeland, R. A., Afshari, N. (eds.). Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, pp. chapter 66

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Intravenous ‘pulse’ Methylprednisolone for the Treatment of Inflammatory Cystoid Macular Oedema

    Kiew, S., Forrester, J. V., Chee, S., Kuffova, L.

    British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 96, no. 12, pp. 1531-1533

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • CD11b(+) Bone Marrow-Derived Monocytes Are the Major Leukocyte Subset Responsible for Retinal Capillary Leukostasis in Experimental Diabetes in Mouse and Express High Levels of CCR5 in the Circulation

    Serra, A. M., Waddell, J., Manivannan, A., Xu, H., Cotter, M., Forrester, J. V.

    American Journal of Pathology, vol. 181, no. 2, pp. 719-727

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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