Marie Nelson, ophthalmology senior sister

Marie NelsonMarie is an experienced ophthalmology research sister. She provides leadership and coordination for the ophthalmology research team, undertaking a wide range of clinical trials into conditions affecting the eyes and eyesight. 


Supporting and delivering ophthalmology studies

Marie supports consultant ophthalmologists to undertake a wide variety of studies within the facility and the Southampton Eye Unit. She works closely with the professor of ophthalmology to review incoming eye studies, overseeing the set up and implementation of each project.

Mariecoordinates the day-to-day activity within the ophthalmology research team, ensuring appropriate medical and nursing cover is available for the smooth running of the research studies.

Working with eye patients

Marie also works closely with patients when recruiting participants to each of the research studies; she ensures that their experience of the research study is both pleasant and rewarding. She has seen the development of treatments now available on the NHS that were not available a few years ago that have transformed the outlook for thousands of patients with sight threatening conditions.

Personal research and career

Marie is listed as a co-investigator in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Journal for the IVAN study (, a large national study comparing treatments for wet macular degeneration (an eye condition). She enjoys sharing her knowledge of research and regularly contributes to study days for both doctors and nurses and has presented posters at UK Clinical Research Facility Network conferences.

In 2013 she will complete a Master’s degree in evidence based practice by undertaking her own research study.

Marie qualified as a registered nurse in Brighton in 1992 and has worked in a variety of settings including gynaecology, in the community, and at a head and neck unit.