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Maltese ophthalmologist awarded Ph.D. in London

Francis Carbonaro was recently awarded a Ph.D. in Medicine from Kings College, University of London, making him the first Maltese ophthalmologist to be awarded a PhD in ophthalmic research.

His research focused on the genetic epidemiology of glaucoma. Dr Carbonaro examined hundreds of pairs of twins at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Twin studies can be used to determine the relative importance of genes and environment in disease.

Dr Carbonaro has numerous publications in peer-review journals and is regularly asked to review manuscripts for journals such as the British Journal of Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He has been awarded several prizes for his research including, the Dermot Pierse Prize for Best Overall Presentation by the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr Carbonaro graduated in medicine and surgery from the University of Malta in 1999. He moved to the UK in 2003 to pursue his training in ophthalmology.

He was awarded membership of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of London in 2006.

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