Department of Biological and Medical Sciences


  • July 2nd, 2020. Following on from the success of the previous Genetics of Ocular Development meeting held in Oxford in 2019, a second meeting was scheduled to take place on Monday 7th-Tuesday 8th September 2020 in Paris, once more organised by Nicky Ragge, Jean-Michel Rozet, Patrick Calvas and Nicolas Chassaing. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meating will now be held as a virtual event on Monday 7th September 2020. This will be a fantastic opportunity for basic scientists involved in eye development research and clinicians involved in the care of families affected by developmental eye anomalies to meet together, listen to each others' interesting work, share ideas and provide the basis for future collaborations.

    September 7th, 2019. Professor Ragge hosted the first edition of the Genetics of Ocular Development (GoOD) meeting in Oxford. During this excellent meeting high quality research was presented and eye development researchers from basic and clinical fields as well as clinicians involved in the care of families affected by these eye anomalies met, shared ideas and forged new collaborations.

    August 31rd, 2019 Together with Dr Nicolas Chassaing and Prof Patrick Calvas, Professor Nicky Ragge has edited a special issue of the journal Human Genetics on the Genetics of Ocular Development. This issue brings together high quality research on eye anomalies including anophthalmia, microphthalmia, and coloboma, from researchers throughout the world. 

    August 23rd, 2019. Professor Ragge and international collaborators published their research on FBXW11, a new gene involved in eye, brain and limb development. The paper was published in a leading genetics journal. More information can be found here.

    November 9th, 2018 Australian National Radio has broadcasted an interview with Professor Nicky Ragge. During this interview she talks about the genetic basis of conditions where children are born with structural defects of the eye, and how progress of medical science means we can now dream of treating these children in the future. 

    June 6th, 2018 Together with collaborators from France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK, Professor Ragge has published a new study about the BCOR gene. In here she describes how alterations in this gene can cause different but similar conditions in males and females. The paper is titled 'Expanding the Phenotype of the X-linked BCOR microphthalmia syndromes' and was published in the journal 'Human Genetics'.

    February 9th, 2017 The Molecular Genetics of Human Eye Development team has teamed up with other research groups in Madrid, Spain and Toulouse, France to describe new variants in the GJA8 gene. This research has just been published in the journal 'Human Genetics' ( New GJA8 variants and phenotypes highlight its critical role in a broad spectrum of eye anomalies).

    November 7th, 2016 Professor Nicola Ragge and her team have just published a new paper titled ‘Identification and functional characterisation of genetic variants in OLFM2 in children with developmental eye disorders’ in the scientific journal ‘Human Genetics’.