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Sightrisk Ltd. is a vision science company based in Waterford, Ireland, which provides online analytical tools to eyecare professionals in order to identify people who are at risk of developing age-related eye diseases.

Sightrisk Ltd. is a vision science company based in Waterford, Ireland, which provides online analytical tools to eyecare professionals in order to identify people who are at risk of developing age-related eye diseases.

Prof.John M. Nolan PhD, Fulbright Scholar, Howard Fellow

Prof.John M. Nolan

Prof. Nolan is a senior scientist, with special interest in nutrition and macular pigment. As well as being Director and CEO of Sightrisk, he is Director of the Institute of Vision Research, Whitfield Clinic, Waterford (www.ivr.ie) and the Macular Pigment Research Group, Waterford Institute of Technology. His PhD study, entitled "Determinants of macular pigment in healthy subjects", was the largest cross-sectional study of its type in the world.

Following his PhD studies on macular pigment, Prof. Nolan was awarded a Fulbright scholarship where he spent the 2005-2006 academic year working at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA, working with Professor Max Snodderly. In May 2010 he was awarded a Howard Fellowship by the Howard Foundation at Cambridge University, UK.

He is a key opinion leader on the subject of macular pigment and AMD, and has been invited to speak at over 40 international scientific conferences and has published over 30 scientific peer reviewed publications on the topic. He is a member of Hohenheim Consensus Committee. Prof. Nolan is a proud Tipperary hurling supporter (All Ireland Champions 2010) and enjoys middle and long distance running (PB Marathon 3:29:42, PB 10k 37:47, PB 5 mile 29:53, PB 5k 18:10).

Graham O’Regan BSc (Applied Physics) BSc FSMC FCOptom, Optometrist

Graham O’Regan

Graham O’Regan studied mathematics, physics and statistics at Lanchester Polytechnic (now The University of Coventry) before going on to qualify in Optometry at UWIST Cardiff (now The University of Wales) in 1977. Graham is principal optometrist for Cotswold Eyecall (www.cotswoldeyecall.co.uk) a specialist domiciliary practice based in Gloucestershire, UK, which provide home visits and vision screening services to the elderly and housebound.

He is also founder and director of Chicken and egg (www.chickenandegg.com), a contemporary enterprise which creates innovative psychophysical vision tests, particularly for laptop, iPAD and internet applications. These include portable visual field tests, AMD specific tests including contrast and glare assessment, and macular pigment screening.  Tests for glaucoma suitable for the iPAD and internet have also been developed. The software is in use in practices across the UK, France and in Australia and New Zealand.

Currently, his time is divided between his domiciliary work in and around the Cotswolds and continuing developments with Sightrisk and Chicken and egg. He is also a regular contributor to ‘Optician’ journal. He is married; his son is now a physics teacher and his daughter a research assistant for the CREST research project in Waterford, Ireland.

Graham enjoys visiting the Loire Valley in France with his family, and ‘summer holiday work’ at a friend’s Practice in Lerwick, Shetland Isles.

Other interests include walking, cycling and canoeing, and classic cars.

Professor Stephen Beatty FRCOphth MD Consultant

Professor Stephen Beatty

Professor Beatty is an Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, and has been involved in research into age-related macular degeneration (AMD) since 1998. He has a special interest in vitreo-retinal surgery, and has had published over 80 peer-reviewed publications. The main focus of his research is AMD, with emphasis on exploring ways of delaying, or possibly even preventing, its onset through dietary modification and/or supplementation.

He is Director of the Macular Pigment Research Group, one of the world’s leading research group into macular pigment, and Director of the Institute of Eye Surgery, Whitfield Clinic, Waterford. He is a key opinion leader on the subject of AMD and macular pigment, and has been invited to speak at over 15 international scientific conferences. In 2010 he was awarded the title of Professor from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Beyond his interests in this growing area of research, Professor Beatty has a keen interest in the Irish language, and enjoys middle-distance running.

Robert Kuchling DVM, Managing Director

Robert Kuchling

Robert Kuchling is an experienced marketing expert with a strong scientific background. He studied Veterinary Medicine at Humboldt University, Berlin and graduated with a  Diploma Degree in Veterinary Science. After four years of research work in Molecular Biology and Virology he moved into the pharmaceutical industry.  Having over 15 years’ experience working with an international pharmaceutical company in the areas of export and international marketing, in 2010 he established his own company in Germany, ebiga-VISION (www.ebiga-vision.com), which is dedicated to prevention of chronic eye diseases.
 
ebiga-VISION provides German ophthalmologists with state-of-the-art tool kits for prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These kits include genetic AMD testing, macular pigment measuring device, and the Sightrisk AMD Calculator.
 
In 2011 he joined the Sightrisk team as Managing Director to support the marketing efforts and distribution of the growing company. Robert is based in Berlin, Germany. He is married and has four children. Robert enjoys theatre, opera and visiting the Baltic Sea.