Prof Colin Willoughby is Professor of Ophthalmology in Ulster University and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (2018 – present) and an Honorary Clinical Professor, University of Liverpool (2018 – present).
His clinical practice includes the management of glaucoma and cataract surgery. He trained in Liverpool and Canada and has worked as a clinical-academic in Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Liverpool, and Ulster University.
Prof Colin Willoughby is a clinician-scientist and heads a research group investigating the molecular pathology of glaucoma with interests in the genetics of glaucoma, mitochondrial dysfunction in glaucoma, gene-based therapies for glaucoma related fibrosis and microRNA regulation of trabecular meshwork pathophysiology. He also works with image scientists and biostatisticians on AI for disc assessment in glaucoma. The main aim of his research is to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of glaucoma. Prof Colin Willoughby has published over 100 published articles and reviews (cited over 3900 times) and 5 book chapters. He lectures nationally and internationally on glaucoma, corneal diseases, and genetics.