Mr Matt Edmunds PhD MRCP FRCOphth

Mr Matt Edmunds

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology

Contact details

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham Research Laboratories
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Mindelsohn Way
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2WB

Matt Edmunds is a Clinical Lecturer in the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, College of Medical and Dental Sciences. 

Matt’s specialist interest within Ophthalmology is the immunology of Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy (also known as Graves’ Ophthalmopathy or Thyroid Eye Disease).

Matt is keen to promote awareness of Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy and has previously supported patient-focused sessions run by the Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust (TEDct) and British Thyroid Foundation (BTF).


  • FRCOphth, Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2015
  • FEBO, European Board of Ophthalmology 2015
  • PhD, University of Birmingham 2015
  • MRCOphth, Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2008
  • MRCP, Royal College of Physicians 2006
  • MBChB (with Honours), University of Birmingham 2002
  • BMedSci (with Honours), University of Birmingham 1999


Matt Edmunds graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2002, gaining the Queen’s Scholarship for joint first place in his medical school graduation year. During his medical training he gained a first class honours intercalated degree in Pharmacology. He undertook general medical training in Birmingham, Nottingham and Auckland, New Zealand, gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2006.  He has been a Specialty Registrar on the West Midlands Ophthalmology rotation since 2006 and gained Membership of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2008 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2015.

He was awarded a PhD in 2015 based on his thesis, entitled ‘Investigation of Candidate Biomarkers in Graves’ Disease and Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy’. He was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology in April 2014 and currently coordinates a portfolio of ongoing research projects focussed on thyroid-related ocular disease.

During his training, Matt has gained a number of regional, national and international awards including the Richard Collin European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS) Junior Award (2013), the Midland Ophthalmological Society (MOS) Junior Award (2013 and 2014), the Royal College of Ophthalmologists John Lee Award (2014) and the Birmingham Eye Foundation Roper-Hall Prize Medal (2014).


Postgraduate supervision

Matt is interested in co-supervising doctoral research students in the areas of orbital inflammatory disease, particularly Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy (also known as Graves’ Ophthalmopathy or Thyroid Eye Disease). 

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Matt on the contact details above, or the Head of the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, Professor Murray on



Ocular Immunology, Autoimmunity, T Lymphocytes, Fibroblasts, Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy, Clinical Trials 


The aim of Matt’s research is to investigate the utility of biomarkers which may permit the early recognition of Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy, an inflammatory condition of the orbit, closely associated with autoimmune thyroid disease, particularly Graves’ disease. The eventual goal is to translate fundamental immunological and imaging abnormalities in this condition into novel diagnostic techniques and therapies that will be of genuine benefit to patients. On this basis, he is keen to collaborate with other clinicians, researchers and groups with particular interest or focus on Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy in any form of clinical or basic science research.  In particular, Matt currently collaborates closely with the University of Birmingham Translational Thyroid Research Group.

Other activities

Lead organiser of Oculus FRCOphth Part 2 examination course (

Committee member of Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust (TEDct -

Peer reviewer for a range of ophthalmic and medical journals


Selected Relevant Publications:

 Edmunds MR, Mellington F, Ford RL, Torlinska B, Manavi K, Boelaert K. Clinical challenges of thyroid eye disease in HIV-positive patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2015;100:779-87. 

Edmunds MR, Huntbach JA, Durrani OM. Are ethnicity, social grade, and social deprivation associated with severity of thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy? Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2014;30:241-5. 

Chortis V, Edmunds MR, Littleton ET, Boelaert K. Autoimmune encephalopathy in the context of Graves' disease with ophthalmopathy. Clin Endocrinol 2014;81:936-7. 

Edmunds MR, Barry RJ, Denniston AK. Readability assessment of online ophthalmic patient information. JAMA Ophthalmol 2013;131:1610-6. 

Edmunds MR, Denniston AK, Boelaert K, Franklyn JA, Durrani OM. Patient information in Graves' disease and thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy: readability assessment of online resources. Thyroid 2014;24:67-72. 

Book Chapters:

Oxford Handbook of Ophthalmology (Editors: AK Denniston and PI Murray). ‘Orbit’. MR Edmunds, OM Durrani, 2014.