Professor Kaoru Fujinami, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist

Scientist

National Institute of Sensory Organs, National Hospital Organization, Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo Japan 

UCL Institute of Ophtalmology, London, UK

1998-2004

     Nagoya University, School of Medicine, Aichi,    

     Japan

EDUCATION

Ophthalmic Genetics

- Phenotyping

- Genotyping

- Genotype-phenotype association/correlation

- Treatment

Electrophysiology

2013-2016

     Doctoral program, Retinal Cell Biology Group,  

     Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University        School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

     (Title: Investigation of inherited retinal disease)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

1995-1998

     Tokai High School, Aichi, Japan

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

National Institute of Sensory Organs, Tokyo, Japan                              
Laboratory of Visual Physiology/Ophthalmic Genetics, Division of Vision Research
Position: Laboratory head                                                         2017-present
・    Develop novel therapeutic approaches for inherited retinal disease
・    Clarify genotype-phenotype correlations for inherited retinal disease
・    Elucidate ancestor of inherited retinal disease
・    Develop novel protocols for electrophysiological assessment
・    Promote extended protocols for electrophysiological assessment
・    Apply artificial intelligence for clinical ophthalmology
  
Position: Visiting Principal Investigator                                                    2016-2017
・    Establish ABCA4 world-wide cohort to investigate the ethnic variability
・    Promote data-sharing system for East Asia Inherited Retinal Disease consortium
・    Clarify genotype-phenotype correlations for inherited retinal disease

Position: Investigator    2013-2016
・    Develop data-sharing system for Japan Eye Genetics consortium (JEGC)
・    Establish clinical diagnostic criteria/analysis pipeline for next generation sequencing for JEGC
・    Clarify genotype-phenotype correlations for inherited retinal disease

Position: Visiting Researcher                                                          2009-2013
・    Characterise macular dystrophy in a Japanese nation-wide cohort.
・    Genotype a Japanese cohort with inherited retinal disease
・    Clarify genotype-phenotype correlations for inherited retinal disease


University College London, London, UK                                       
Genetics, Institute of Ophthalmology 

Position: Honorary Professor                                      2020-present
・    Establish world-wide cohort of inherited retinal disease to investigate the ethnic variability
・    Develop Asian cohorts of inherited retinal disease
・    Develop deep-phenotyping assessments of inherited retinal disease
・    Develop novel therapeutic approaches for inherited retinal disease

Position: Honorary Research Associate (supervised by Prof Michel Michaelides)              2017-present                                   
・    Develop novel therapeutic approaches for inherited retinal disease
・    Clarify genotype-phenotype correlations for inherited retinal disease
・    Establish ABCA4 world-wide cohort to investigate the ethnic variability

Position: Research Associate (supervised by Prof Michel Michaelides)                  2016-2017                                                     
・    Establish ABCA4 world-wide cohort in collaboration with ProgStar studies
・    Develop data-sharing system under UK-Japan collaboration
・    Clarify genotype-phenotype correlations for inherited retinal disease

Position: Research Assistance (supervised by Prof Michel Michaelides, Prof Andrew Webster)      2009-2013
・    Phenotype and genotype a cohort with Stargardt disease
・    Identify genotype-phenotype association in ABCA4-associated retinal disorder
・    Investigate longitudinal natural history of ABCA4-associated retinal disorder
・    Promote therapeutic trials for ABCA4-associated retinal disorder
・    Validate electrophysiological assessment for the diagnosis/prognosis of Stargardt disease


Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK                                        

Inherited Retinal Diseases
Position: Honorary Consultant                                      2018-present
・    Development of novel therapies for inherited retinal disease
・    Phenotype patients with inherited retinal disease

Inherited Retinal Diseases
Position: Honorary Practice Manager (supervised by Prof Michel Michaelides)                 2017-present
・    Phenotype patients with inherited retinal disease

Position: Clinical Research Fellow (supervised by Prof Michel Michaelides, Prof Graham Holder, Prof Andrew Webster, Prof Anthony Moore, and Dr Anthony Robson)                         2009-2013                                                                             
・    Phenotype patients with inherited retinal disease


National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan               
Ophthalmology/Medical Genetics Center

Position: Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist                                          2020-
・    Division head, division of inherited eye disease

Position: Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon                                        2017-
・    Division head, division of ophthalmic genetics

Position: Consultant Ophthalmologist                                                   2013-2016
・    Faculty, division of vitreoretinal surgery
・    Faculty, division of electrophysiology
・    Faculty, division of ophthalmic genetics

Position: Resident (supervised by Prof Yozo Miyake and Prof Toru Noda)                  2006-2009                                                
・    General ophthalmology training
・    General training for electrophysiology


Nagoya First Red Cross Hospital, Aichi, Japan                                      
General Medicine
Position: Resident                                                                  2004-2006
・    General medical training

Division for Vision Research, National Institute of Sensory Organs

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UCL Institute of Ophthalmology associated with Moorfields Eye Hospital