Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The clinical Department of Ophthalmology of RCSI is based at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), Dublin, Ireland with laboratory facilities in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics at the RCSI Medical School. As Head of Department and Chair of Ophthalmology, Professor Murphy has developed a research programme in ocular immunology, specifically investigating disease mechanisms in herpes simplex keratitis, primary Sjogren’s Syndrome and HLA-B27-associated uveitis.

The RVEEH is the National Centre for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease in Ireland. It is the only centre in Ireland with dedicated sub-speciality corneal and ocular immunology services. Approximately 100 CT are performed annually at RVEEH by Prof Murphy and his colleague Mr Billy Power. A full range of surgical procedures are performed including full-thickness, deep anterior lamellar and posterior lamellar CT. A close association between the clinicians at RVEEH and the Eye Bank of Ireland has existed for decades and collaborative research in the area of corneal stem cell biology has been on-going for the last 8-10 years between the two institutions. Numerous clinical studies are underway in the Clinical Research Department of RVEEH. This department is managed by the RVEEH Research Foundation, which provides all the clinical facilities required for eye research projects, including nursing, administrative and technical support, photography, electrophysiology, retinal scanning and a wide variety of other modalities of ophthalmic imaging.

  • Prof. Conor C Murphy (MB BCh BAO MMedSc FRCSI FRCOphth PhD) is Professor of Ophthalmology and Head of Department at RCSI and is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), Dublin, Ireland. He is a chief examiner of the postgraduate training examinations in ophthalmology in Ireland and Director of Education and Research at RVEEH. He undertook his clinical and research training in Dublin, Bristol, Liverpool and Perth, Australia. This included a PhD in ocular immunology and uveitis and clinical fellowship training in cornea, external disease and uveitis. He has published widely on this ocular immunology and inflammation in the peer-reviewed literature and is currently supervising 5 MD and MSc students investigating ocular immunology and inflammatory eye disease. His specific research interests include the molecular immunology of herpes simplex keratitis, anterior uveitis, giant cell arteritis and primary Sjogren’s Syndrome.