Charity Fight for Sight announces strategy to continue the eye research pipeline throughout covid-19 crisis and beyond

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6 April 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight has announced its latest project funding and its plans for continuing its efforts to advance eye research in the current global health crisis and beyond. The charity is doing everything in its power to maintain business as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to award research funding as planned over the next

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Sight loss charity urgently appeals for government support amid coronavirus crisis

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2 April 2020
Source: Macular Society

A charity supporting elderly people with macular disease is one of many urgently appealing to the Chancellor to provide financial support during the coronavirus crisis. The Macular Society, which provides practical and emotional support to tens of thousands of people with the most common form of blindness in the UK, says its income is threatened but it cannot abandon its

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Research published in Molecular Therapy develops a gene therapy approach for glaucoma in the lab

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25 March 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness for which there is currently no cure. In a lab setting, the researcher used a gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genetic information when transferred into eye cells using a harmless virus. By switching off a gene called aquaporin 1, researchers found that the gene therapy prevented the build-up of fluid –

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Special eye tests could identify which people living with dementia are most at risk of a fall

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12 March 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

New research, jointly-funded by Fight for Sight, has found that special eye tests could help identify which people living with dementia struggle most with judging distances, which is known to increase the risk of falling. It is hoped that the findings will help people with dementia to get the most accurate result for depth perception tests, and in turn for

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New gene therapy could lead the way for possible treatment for Stargardt disease

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10 February 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

A leading Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford has shared the details of his research which could pave the way for a new treatment for sight loss condition Stargardt disease. In the latest episode of eye research charity Fight for Sight’s podcast Eye Research Matters, Professor Robert MacLaren discusses his pioneering research into using gene therapy to treat

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International team delivers research breakthrough for leading cause of blindness

7 February 2020
Source: Queen Mary University of London

Researchers have identified a new protein linked to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that could offer new hope for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which affects over 600,000 people in the UK alone. The research team, made up of scientists from Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University, and Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, found

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AOP Voice of Optometry survey opens with new charity incentive

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6 February 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has lauched the fourth Voice of Optometry survey – an annual questionnaire that raises the profile of optometry and eye health. Optical professionals are given a unique opportunity to share their views and experiences of working in the sector. Results are then used by the AOP to promote positive stories in the media that increase

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Fight for Sight calls for new round of applications for its PhD Studentship Awards with research partners

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6 February 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight is encouraging potential PhD supervisors to apply for their PhD Studentship Awards, offering up to £100,000 each. This year, Fight for Sight is pleased to partner with Versus Arthritis to fund a project addressing arthritis and visual impairment. Fight for Sight and the Masonic Charitable Foundation are pleased to continue their joint funding on

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Fight for Sight survey on personal impact of sight loss is now live

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24 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Leading eye research charity Fight for Sight has launched a survey to gather broader insights into the personal impact of sight loss and eye conditions. The charity is inviting those affected by sight loss – either personally or indirectly via someone they care for – to participate in the survey and strengthen the case for urgently needed eye research funding.

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Researchers to use cutting-edge technology to investigate genetic links in age-related macular degeneration

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20 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight is funding researchers from the University of Manchester to investigate the genetic risk of the UK’s leading cause of blindness, age-related macular degeneration. Researchers led by Dr Rachel Taylor will use a combination of cutting-edge technologies – including molecular ‘tools’ from bacteria – to analyse the impact of gene changes identified in families where

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