Matthew Burton is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Medicine and Professor of International Eye Health at the International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is also an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist in Cornea & External Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of severe corneal infections (microbial keratitis).
Matthew’s major research focus is on infectious causes of blindness, including fungal keratitis, bacterial keratitis and trachoma in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He works with research collaborators in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, The Gambia, Nepal and India. He is leading a programme of research around the development of diagnostics and treatment for microbial keratitis in low income settings. He is also the Director of the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, which supports training and research capacity development for eye health professionals in low and middle-income countries.