Professor Tara Moore BSc (First Class Hons), Ph.D, NTF, FHEA, FFFLM (Hon), FRSA, FRSB, FRSM
Professor Tara Moore, PhD and Harvard graduate with a wealth of experience of working in Universities and laboratories across UK, Europe and USA has made tremendous advances in progressing novel diagnosis and treatment for blinding eye diseases helping new research findings translate toward the clinic and patients in a personalized medicine approach.
In the early days as a graduate Tara was awarded prizes for the best in year and top ranking student during her degree at Queen’s University of Belfast. As a young academic Tara’s work was recognised through distinguished teaching and research awards as an independent researcher in Ulster University. At a national level Tara received a Rising Star award and National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, UK, for her role in developing innovative teaching to raise educational standards for postgraduate medical education and sub specialism training in areas such as refractive surgery and forensic and legal medicine. Achievements in this area during her career resulted in nomination and election to Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine Royal College of Physicians (RCP) – the highest accolade this organisation can bestow on an individual. In addition, recently the teaching course Tara founded to address standards for lens and laser refractive surgery worldwide was recognised by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and is now a fully endorsed and co-badged RCOphth educational course recommended for all surgeons wishing to undertake refractive surgery.
Tara also plays a key role in implementation of the Athena SWAN charter having a positive impact on career satisfaction, opportunities for training and development, knowledge of promotion processes and fairness in the allocation of workload as well as equality in pay. Through outreach beyond her own institute and local region Tara also takes on the role as motivational speaker at school and university events to promote girls into Science, is lead for Ulster University’s mentoring scheme, and is a mentor for the New York Academy of Science 1000Girls, 1000Futures initiative from the Global Stem Alliance.
Tara’s research activities are disseminated worldwide through her contribution to guest lectures and workshops and a recent charitable trip to the Amazon River allowed many indigenous people to not only receive sight saving eye surgery but also through blood and sample collection a gene responsible for blindness was discovered by Tara and her research team. Presently novel treatment development is underway to allow eye drops to be developed to prevent the debilitating blindness developing in the Amazonian people as well as other people worldwide exposed to high levels of sunlight. Tara’s research team are likewise moving gene editing and gene silencing treatments for corneal dystrophies and other autosomal dominantly inherited eye diseases closer to clinical translation. Excellence in research in the area of diagnostics and partner therapeutics in ophthalmology and has led to Tara’s recent appointment as Director of Research and Development for the leading ophthalmic genetic diagnostic company, Avellino.
The culmination of Professor Moore’s contribution to health, well-being and safety and improving people’s lives whilst inspiring others to see the opportunities to make a difference through science was recognised with the prestigious WISE award presented by HRH Princess Anne and most recently a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship.
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