Mr Robert Henderson
Medical Advisory Board
Mr Henderson is a dual trained Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon working at both Great Ormond Street Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
He initially undertook his Registrar ophthalmology training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and completed a highly prestigious fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (Sick Kids). Following this he trained at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne before coming back to Moorfields for a final year. He founded the Vitreo-retinal unit at Great Ormond Street with his colleague Mr Chien Wong, and it is now the UK referral centre for infants with retinovascular disease.
Mr Henderson’s MD research was on the molecular genetics of early onset severe retinal dystrophies and he recruited patients for the first human retinal gene therapy trial. He is now setting up a research programme on paediatric retino-vascular disease: understanding the molecular mechanisms, and developing novel therapies in collaboration with colleagues at the UCL Institutes of Child Health and Ophthalmology. Having a greater understanding of the role of Norrin protein in retino-vascular development is very much a part of that research profile.