Prof Jamie Craig is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specializing in the care of glaucoma patients. He is a clinician-scientist with a strong track record in clinical and genetic research. As a NHMRC Practitioner-Fellow, he seeks to translate his laboratory-based research into clinical practice.
Specific research interests include the genetic susceptibility to all forms of glaucoma, congenital cataract, and diabetic retinopathy. He has skills in clinical diagnosis and disease management, as well as having made important discoveries on the genetic etiology of glaucoma and other ocular conditions.
He is experienced in patient recruitment, and has pioneered strategies to develop a National Registry of cases with extremely severe vision loss from glaucoma: The Australian and New Zealand Register of Advanced Glaucoma (ANZRAG). This work has led to genome-wide association studies for identification of genes associated with glaucoma susceptibility. A similar approach is now underway for blindness due to diabetic retinopathy: Registry of Advanced Diabetic Retinopathy in Australia (RADAR).
Having completed a D.Phil. in the analysis of complex traits by genome wide linkage approaches, he maintains a detailed understanding of strategies to enhance power by careful case selection, and the utilization of clinical information to refine analyses. Being responsible for direct patient care, he attaches a high priority to applying research outcomes to better models of patient care.