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Monica Camparini was born on February 16th, 1964, Reggio Emilia, Italy
1990 M.D. Degree at the School of Medicine, University of Parma, Italy
1994 Degree in Ophthalmology at the School of Ophthalmology, University of Parma, Italy
Foreign language: English.
1995-2001: post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Parma, Italy, supported by the National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. (contract n° NO1-EY-5-2100): “Collaborative Italian-American Clinical Trial of Nutritional Supplements and Age Related Cataract", a collaboration between the NIH and the University of Parma.
1996: certification as “Lens photographer” and “Lens grader”at the Fundus Photograph Reading Center, University of Madison, Wisconsin (U.S.A.).

2001 appointed as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Parma.


Main scientific interest in age related eye diseases, particularly age related cataract and age related macular degeneration.

Involved from the beginning in the research program "Collaborative Italian-American Clinical Trial of Nutritional Supplements and Age Related Cataract", (P.I. Prof. Giovanni Maraini) supported by the National Eye Institute, NIH (Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.), she acts as supervisor and is responsible for photographic quality and grading assessment. This project is a randomized controlled clinical trial started in 1995, enrolling more than 1000 patients with a follow-up of at least 9 years, concluded in 2007. The main purpose of the study was the assessment of the effect of a multivitamin-mineral supplementation in preventing or slowing age-related cataract (see references for the results).

Since 2002 she is collaborating as consultant with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences di New Delhi (AIIMS) for epidemiological studies on age-related eye diseases in India. A pilot study (“INDEYE Feasibility study”) on the prevalence of eye diseases in a rural population in northern India has been completed in 2003 (see references). Hence, the LSHTM has approved a larger multicentric clinical study (“INDEYE study”, P.I. Prof . Astrid Fletcher), supported by the Wellcome Trust, UK. The results have been published in 2008 and 2009 (see references).
Since march 2008 she is also involved in a further project entitled: ‘A genetic component to the INDEYE study of cataract and age-related macular degeneration in India (INDGEN Study)’, that will be completed in 2010
In these studies, Dr. Camparini is responsible for the standardization of the tecniques of digital photography and grading of lens opacities, and for their quality control throughout the study.

Collaboration with the Institute of Haematology, University of Verona, Italy, for clinical and genetic studies in congenital cataracts, namely for the screening of the “hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract sindrome” (see references).

Development of a standardized photographic technique for the quantitative assessment of posterior capsule opacification (see references), and its application in a prospective randomized clinical study evaluating the effect of different intraocular lenses and surgical techniques on PCO development.

Development of a standardized method of visual acuity measurement and its validation (ETDRS-Fast), implementing adaptive psychophysical methods to logarithmic ETDRS charts. The results showed that the method improves the efficiency of standardized visual acuity measurement (see references).

Collaboration with the service of electrodiagnostics of the same Institute in Parma for the diagnosis and follow-up of inherited retinal diseases. Phenotipic-genotipic characterization is carried out in collaboration with other institutions, like the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples within a nation-wide multicentric study approved as a two-year PRIN research project

In the clinical setting, she is mainly dedicated to the diagnosis and therapy of macular diseases and vascular retinopathies. At the Institute of Ophthalmology (Azienda Universitaria-Ospedaliera of Parma) she is responsible for the Retinal Angiography service, the Photodinamic Therapy service and the anti-VEGF intravitreal injections service.

Within the field of retinal angiography and imaging, the phenomenon of retinal autofluorescence and its documentation with the scanning laser ophthalmoscope has been studied, leading to the development of non-invasive techniques for visualization of optic nerve head drusen and cystic macular edema.

Referee activity for several leading international ophthalmic journals, as Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Optometry and Vision Science.


As Assistant Professor, she has regular teaching appointments for the School of Medicine, the Residency in Ophthalmology program, and the School for Orthoptists and Assistants in Ophthalmology.

Training for photographic and grading assessment of cataract with the LOCS II/III and AREDS classification systems of ophthalmologists involved in epidemiological studies (Italy, England-India, France).

Invited lectures to courses on the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

Completion accademic year: 2019/2020

Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

Completion accademic year: 2017/2018

Completion accademic year: 2016/2017

Completion accademic year: 2015/2016


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