27 September 2018
Source: Action Against AMD
Fight for Sight is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new partnership to find a treatment for one of the world’s leading causes of blindness. Working with Blind Veterans UK, the Macular Society and Scottish War Blinded, the charities have launched a new collaboration to transform the funding of research to address age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The collaboration, called Action Against AMD, is a response to the increasing prevalence of sight loss among the world’s ageing population. AMD is by far the biggest cause of visual impairment in the developed world and the third biggest globally.
In the UK 600,000 people are living with late-stage AMD today, a figure set to double by 2050. In spite of this, only a small fraction, 0.2%, of public funding for research is spent on AMD.
Blind Veterans UK and Scottish War Blinded both support ex-service men and women with sight loss. They have not previously funded medical research but have decided to join the collaboration because most of their members are blind as a result of AMD. The Macular Society is the leading support and research charity specifically for people with macular diseases.
The aim of the partnership is to develop an intervention that prevents early stage AMD progressing to the point where people lose their sight. The charities have agreed to co-fund a three-year development project, worth £1m, to kick-start the generation of new funding streams to invest in the necessary research.
Read the full story on the Fight for Sight Website
Further information on the Action against AMD website