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Topcon Supports Poppy Study

Topcon is supporting the Pharmacokinetic and Clinical Observations in People Over Fifty (POPPY) with their retinal photography (RP) sub-study with the provision of a six month retinal camera loan, the TRC-NW8F with Fluorescein Angiography.

The POPPY study is an observational cohort study looking at HIV and ageing and the RP sub-study is looking at whether there is accelerated cerebrovascular and cardiovascular ageing in people with HIV.

This is an important area for research now that the life expectancy of people living with HIV is approaching that of the general population, because of the advances in treatment that have occurred in the past 20 years. POPPY is also sponsored by Imperial College London and funded by a consortium of pharmaceutical companies (click here to find more). 

“Measuring the calibre of central retinal vessels is a way of assessing vascular health and stroke risk in the general population (particularly in those with diabetes and high blood pressure). There is already some evidence pointing towards an increased risk of stroke in older people with HIV, although this is still inconclusive”. Commented

Dr Lewis J Haddow, Senior Clinical Research Associate, Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research, University College London

The Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research is part of UCL’s research department of Infection and Population Health. They have a large portfolio of studies of HIV, tuberculosis, influenza blood-borne viruses and sexually transmitted diseases, encompassing clinical, behavioural, public health and basic science research. (See more here)

The RP sub-study is taking place at the Moorfields Eye Hospital and HIV clinics in London and it is carried out by Dr Tunde Peto MD, MHealthEd PhD, FHCO and her team in 2014 and 2015.