Professor John Forrester

Professor John Forrester
Professor John Forrester

Professor John Forrester


Emeritus Professor


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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  • 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
  • A role for PP1/NIPP1 in steering migration of human cancer cells

    Martin-Granados, C., Prescott, A. R., Van Dessel, N., Van Eynde, A., Arocena, M., Klaska, I. P., Gornemann, J., Beullens, M., Bollen, M., Forrester, J. V., McCaig, C. D.
    PloS ONE, vol. 7, no. 7, e40769
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Regenerative approaches as alternatives to donor allografting for restoration of corneal function

    Griffith, M., Polisetti, N., Kuffova, L., Gallar, J., Forrester, J. V., Vemuganti, G. K., Fluchsluger, T. A.
    The Ocular Surface, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 170-183
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Randomized Trial of Tacrolimus versus Tacrolimus and Prednisone for the Maintenance of Disease Remission in Noninfectious Uveitis

    Lee, R. W. J., Greenwood, R., Taylor, H., Amer, R., Biester, S., Heissigerova, J., Forrester, J. V., Dick, A. D.
    Ophthalmology, vol. 119, no. 6, pp. 1223-1230
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Persistent inflammation subverts thrombospondin-1-induced regulation of retinal angiogenesis and is driven by CCR2 ligation

    Chen, M., Copland, D. A., Zhao, J., Liu, J., Forrester, J. V., Dick, A. D., Xu, H.
    American Journal of Pathology, vol. 180, no. 1, pp. 235-245
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • TLR9 ligand CpG-ODN applied to the injured mouse cornea elicits retinal inflammation

    Chinnery, H. R., McLenachan, S., Binz, N., Sun, Y., Forrester, J. V., Degli-Esposti, M. A., Pearlman, E., McMenamin, P. G.
    American Journal of Pathology, vol. 180, no. 1, pp. 209-220
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • MHCII and the innate immune system: what is their role in Parkinson's disease?

    Teismann, P., Martin, H., Sathe, K., Mustafa, S., Forrester, J.
    Society for Neuroscience
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • DC electric stimulation upregulates angiogenic factors in endothelial cells through activation of VEGF receptors

    Bai, H., Forrester, J. V., Zhao, M.
    Cytokine, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 110-115
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • T cell responses in experimental viral retinitis: mechanisms, peculiarities and implications for gene therapy with viral vectors

    Zinkernagel, M. S., McMenamin, P. G., Forrester, J. V., Degli-Esposti, M. A.
    Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 275-284
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


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