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Sheila West, PhD

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410 955 0096

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Primary research interestes are in the determination of factors for the prevention, treatment, and control of global blinding diseases. Major areas of research have focused on the following three areas: 1. risk factors for cataracts, and disparities in access to cataract surgery survices,and eye care services in general; 2. Strategies for control of trachoma, with research on surgery, antibiotics, and envrionmental factors that can be used for trachoma control-reserch also on laboratory detection of chlamydial infection, and immunoloical factors associated with progression. 3. Impact of visual loss on function in older persons, especially older minority populations.

Honors and Awards

1969 Member, Rho Chi Honor Fraternity

1971 Recipient, University of California Bowl of Hygeia

1988 Fight for Sight Award for Clinical Research on Ocular U.V. Effects

1993 Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator

1994 Recipient, Chibret Gold Medal from the International Organization Against Trachoma, for Work on Trachoma Control

1995 Carter Compton Collins II Lecturer, Optical Society of America

1999 Key-note speaker: Cataract Assessment Modalities and Epidemiology (CAME)-Club. Stockholm, Sweden

2000 Alta Lecture, Alta California Eye Research Foundation.

2001 Daniel G. Vaughan Memorial Lecture, Francis I Proctor Foundation

2001 Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Advisor Award

2001 Charles F. Prentice Medal Award winner, American Academy of Optometry

2001 Alcon Research Institute Awardee

  • trachoma cataract blindness visual impairment low vision gerontology
  • 178. West ES, Munoz B, Mkocha H, Holland MJ, Aguirre A, Solomon AW, Bailey R, Foster A, Mabey D, West SK. Mass treatment and the effect on the load of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in a trachoma-hyperendemic community. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005;46:83-87.

  • 179. West SK, Phuong Nguyen M, Mkocha H, Holdsworth G, Ngirwamungu E, Kilima P, Munoz B. Gender equity and trichiasis surgery in the Vietnam and Tanzania national trachoma control programmes. Br J Ophthalmol 2004;88:1368-1371. 180. West E, Mkocha H, Munoz B, Mabey D, Foster A, Bailey R, West SK. Risk factors for post-surgical trichiasis recurrence in a trachoma-endemic area. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005;46:447-453. 182. Alexander ND, Solomon AW, Holland MJ, Bailey RL, West SK, Shao JF, Mabey DC, Foster A. An index of community ocular Chlamydia trachomatis load for control of trachoma. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2005;99:175-177.

  • 184. Freeman EE, Munoz B, Bressler SB, West SK. Hormone replacement therapy, reproductive factors, and age-related macular degeneration: the Salisbury Eye Evaluation Project. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2005;12:37-45.

  • 185. Merbs SL, West SK, West ES. Pattern of recurrence of trachomatous trichiasis after surgery. Ophthalmology 2005;112;705-709.

  • 186. Burton MJ, Holland MJ, Makalo P, Aryee EA, Alexander ND, Sillah A, Fall H, West SK, Foster A, Johnson GJ, Mabey DC, Bailey RL. Re-emergence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection after mass antibiotic treatment of a trachoma-endemic Gambian community: a longitudinal study. Lancet 2005:365;1321-1328.

  • Nepal Trachoma Surveillance
  • The Natural History of the Progression of Atrophy Secondary to Stargardt Disease (ProgStar) Studies