Alexina Fantato, Clinical Research Manager

Alexina is a dedicated Senior Nurse who enjoys the challenge of working within a multidisciplinary team.  An experienced leader, motivated to set up and manage all levels of research projects ensuring each one is ethically approved, supported by contracts, finance and co-ordinated  by qualified staff.  Alexina is driven to build upon her own research experience as a Principal Investigator for a clinical trial of a device based on the theory of “Geste Antagoniste” to benefit patients with Blepharospasm, a Focal Dystonia.  Following publication of the results, the device known as “PressOp” is now available for these patients across the world. Nurse training and early career development in The Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service instilled a sense of pride, commitment and discipline. Upon joining the NHS Alexina undertook Ophthalmology training at Moorfields Eye Hospital and has enjoyed career development within the speciality ever since. The active interest in research emerged 10 years ago when, as Sister in charge of Outpatients and Eye Emergency in the Oxford Eye Hospital, Alexina was offered the opportunity with Professor Susan Downes, to establish ERGO. Alexina qualified as a Nurse Counsellor in 2004, a valuable skill in Ophthalmology for those patients coming to terms with a diagnosis and especially while managing a successful nurse led service for Blepharospasm patients which is acknowledged nationally. Alexina offers bi-annual study days for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals entering into this field of Ophthalmic Movement Disorders.