UHSussex consultant gets prestigious scholarship to the States

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Yusrah Shweikh

A consultant from University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust has swapped Brighton for Boston after receiving a scholarship for a research sabbatical at Harvard University in the United States for a year.

Yusrah Shweikh moved out to Massachusetts in August after being awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award, one of the most prestigious programmes in the world.

She was selected to work with collaborators at Harvard University and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital on enhancing glaucoma risk prediction using genetic analysis and machine learning. 

Yusrah said: “It has been a long-term ambition of mine to dedicate time to glaucoma research and I’m excited to work with such talented collaborators at Harvard and Mass Eye and Ear.

“Through our work, we hope to enhance glaucoma risk prediction using a combination of genetic analysis and machine learning. This has great potential to reduce morbidity from this blinding condition. I am very grateful to University Hospitals Sussex for the unrelenting support I have received.”

Maria Balinska, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “Our vision is a world where there are no obstacles to learning, understanding and collaboration. Today there are many global challenges to overcome, and the world needs compassionate leaders to tackle them. This cohort of awardees will be placing cultural engagement at the heart of their experiences as they undertake ambitious study and research programmes in the US: I am filled with hope for the wonderful collaborations that will ensue.”