Paul Foster

Professional career


 October 2011 - date          Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology & Glaucoma Studies

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

October 2007 - date          Faculty Member, National Institute for Health Research

(Moorfields & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Research Centre)

Jan 2011 – date                  Senior Fellow, UCL Core Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre Faculty



 December 2010 - date           Honorary Professor

Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University


Peoples’ Republic of Chin


MOST CITED PAPERS (as of 8th May 2012- Thompson Web of Science figures)

  1. The diagnosis and classification of glaucoma in prevalence surveys. Foster PJ, Buhrmann R, Quigley HA, Johnson GJ. Br J Ophthalmol2002;86:238-42.

Cited 347 times, averaging 35 times per year

  1. The prevalence of glaucoma in Chinese residents of Singapore- A cross-sectional population survey in Tanjong Pagar district. Foster PJ, Oen FT, Machin DS, Ng TP, Devereux JG, Johnson GJ, Khaw PT, Seah SK. Arch Ophthalmol2000;118: 1105-11.

Cited 232 times, averaging 21 times per year

  1. Prevalence and risk factors for refractive errors in adult Chinese in Singapore. Wong TY, Foster PJ, Hee J, Ng TP, Tielsch J, Chew SJ, Johnson GJ, Seah SKL. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2000;41:2486-2494. NOTE: PAPER RANKS # 41 IN THE IOVS ALL-TIME CITATION FREQUENCY TABLE (ACCESSED 9th June 2011)

Cited 229 times, averaging 17 times per year

  1. Glaucoma in Mongolia. A population-based prevalence study in Hövsgöl Province, Northern Mongolia. Foster PJ, Baasanhu J, Alsbirk PH, Munkhbayar D, Uranchimeg D, Johnson GJ. Arch Ophthalmol 1996;114(10):1235-1241.

Cited 194 times, averaging 13 times per year

  1. Glaucoma in China- How Big is the Problem? Foster PJ, Johnson GJ. Br J Ophthalmology 2001;85:1277-82

Cited 158 times, averaging 14 times per year

  1. Incidence of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma in Singapore. An island-wide survey. Seah S.K.L, Foster P.J, Chew PTK, Jap A, Oen F, Fam HB, Lim ASM.   Arch Ophthalmology 1997;115(11):1436-1441.

Cited 106 times, averaging 7 times per year

  1. Central corneal thickness and intraocular pressure in a Mongolia population. Foster PJ, Baasanhu J, Alsbirk PH, Munkhbayar D, Uranchimeg D, Johnson GJ. Ophthalmology 1998;105:969-973.

Cited 112 times, averaging 7 times per year

Variations in ocular biometry in an adult Chinese population in Singapore: The Tanjong Pagar Eye Survey. Wong TY, Foster PJ, Ng TP, Tielsch JM, Johnson GJ, Seah SKL. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2001;42:73-80

Cited 90 times, averaging 8 times per year

  1. YAG laser iridotomy treatment for primary angle-closure in East Asian eyes. Nolan WP, Foster PJ, Devereux JG, Uranchimeg D, Johnson GJ, Baasanhu J. Br J Ophthalmol 2000;84:1255-59.

Cited 78 times, averaging 6 times per year

  1. Prevalence and clinical characteristics of glaucoma in adult Chinese: A population-based study in Liwan District, Guangzhou. He MG, Foster PJ, Ge J, Huang WY, Zheng YF, Friedman DS, Lee PS, Khaw PT. Invest Ophth Vis Sci 2006; 47(7):2782-2788.

Cited 74 times, averaging 12 times per year


Singapore National Eye Centre Merit Award for Research         1997

Moorfields Eye Hospital Research Prize      2001

Ronald Lowe Lecture and Medal, (ANZGIG)  Australia & New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group      2007

Visiting Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University & Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Guangzhou, Peoples’ Republic of China       2010

Frank Claffy Memorial Lecture & Medal, University of Sydney     2011

Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology       2012

RCOphth Foulds Trophy to Anthony Khawaja for best presentation in Congress for work based on HRT data in EPIC Norfolk      2013

Funding Awarded to Research Consortia

I was ophthalmology lead advisor on the development of an eye and vision enhancement module for UKBiobank. I led the team which developed the eye component of the project and wrote the relevant section of the proposal submitted to the special UKBiobank joint panel of the MRC, Wellcome Trust and Department for Health. The eye module was funded for £ 2.35million. Data collection began in mid 2009, and has generate >110,000 persons data on eyes and vision. Macula OCT was collected for the first time on a large community cohort (88,000 people). My group at Moorfields/UCL Institute of Ophthalmology provided the quality assurance services for the project on behalf of UKBB.

I was a co-applicant on the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC2)grant awarded for core activities, funded by the Wellcome Trust for £ 16 million.

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