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Dr Becky Thomas

Dr Becky Thomas

Senior Research Officer, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 205678 ext 8157

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links


Dr Rebecca Thomas is a Senior Research Officer and Informatics Lead in the Diabetes Research Unit Cymru. In addition, Dr Thomas is the Co-programme Director for the MSc Diabetes Practice course. Dr Thomas has worked at Swansea University Medical School for 8 years and obtained her PhD from Cardiff University School of Medicine in 2015. Dr Thomas’s PhD thesis explored the Epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy and optimal screening intervals using data from the Diabetic Eye Service Wales (DESW) using parametric survival analysis.  

Areas Of Expertise

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Screening
  • Data analysis
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • Meta-analysis

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
MSC Diabetes Practice

Dr Thomas is the Co-Programme Director for the MSc Diabetes Practice programme. Dr Thomas together with colleagues from the Diabetes Research group developed this programme to provide the knowledge and skills required for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in diabetes.


Diabetic Retinopathy

Her main area of research is Diabetic Retinopathy covering topics such as epidemiology, screening and prevention of retinopathy and exploring new technologies and cost-effective changes for visualising the retina and treating retinopathy. In addition Dr Thomas also has experience of using large linked databases through the Secure Anonymised information linkage (SAIL) gateway for diabetes and retinopathy research. Future studies will focus on AI and retinal image analysis for the early detection and prevention of other conditions such as stroke cardiovascular disease and dementia. Dr Thomas has also been involved with the International Diabetes Federation and is a member of the IDF Diabetes Atlas committee. Additionally She has been involved in the setup and development of diabetic retinopathy screening programmes in countries such as Mauritius, Trinidad and Bermuda

Award Highlights
Royal College of Physicians Prize for Excellence in patient care

Dr Thomas was part of the team awarded the Royal College of Physicians Prize for Excellence in patient care in the International category in 2018.


University of Leicester 

Liverpool University 

Moorfields Eye Hospital 

Chinese University of Hong Kong 

McMasters University Canada 

International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI) Lyon 

St George’s University Hospital 

King’s College London