Retina UK publishes unique insight into the experiences of people with inherited retinal conditions

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13 September 2019
Source: Retina UK

Evidence of the real-life experiences, challenges and expectations of almost 1,000 people affected by inherited sight loss conditions have been published by national sight loss charity Retina UK. The charity presented some of the key findings from its 2019 Sight Loss Survey when it was invited to represent its community during the recent NICE consultation for the gene therapy Voretigene

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Fight for Sight and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists invite applications for John Lee Primer Fellowships for research into sight loss

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13 September 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

In partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Fight for Sight is now inviting applications for its John Lee Primer Fellowships, offering up to £60,000 to support early career ophthalmologists to undertake ground-breaking vision research. The scheme is designed to enable successful applicants to go on to complete a PhD and will provide them with experience and exposure to a

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Researchers use artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis and treatment of birdshot uveitis

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25 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is funding research by scientists from universities and hospitals in Birmingham and London using artificial intelligence to extract ‘hidden’ information from retinal images of patients with a rare eye condition called birdshot uveitis. Their goal is to enable earlier diagnosis and more precise monitoring of changes in the eye linked with the condition – helping to protect

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New molecular ‘scaffolding’ could repair nerve damage in glaucoma

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16 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is funding scientists at the University of Cambridge to research how a new ‘molecular scaffolding’ could help restore vital nerve connections between the eye and the brain, potentially recovering the sight loss caused by glaucoma and other conditions, and even paving the way for future eye transplants. Professor Keith Martin, Professor James Fawcett and team will be

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Fight for Sight poll reveals Brits put their eyesight at risk through dangerous contact lens habits

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10 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Poll results released today by charity Fight for Sight highlight that many Brits are frequently putting their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habits, unaware that these could lead to a painful and sight-threatening eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. Of those Brits who wear contact lenses polled by YouGov on behalf of the charity, 56% admitted they’d worn their

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College of Optometrists, Podcast: Professor Pete Coffey on the London Project to Cure Blindness

8 July 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The Latest podcast from the College of Optometrists features Professor Pete Coffey on the London Project to Cure Blindness. During the podcast he talks about the future developments of stem cell research and describes the process.  Listen to the podcast here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/podcasts.html  The project: The aim in this project is to replace damaged and diseased retinal cells that lead to

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Investigating the influence of a protein in the development of age-related macular degeneration

3 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is announcing funding for researchers from the University of Manchester who aim to investigate the role of a protein in the development of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK. The protein is known normally to protect membranes and tissues around the body but its recent discovery on a special membrane (Bruch’s membrane)

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More research is needed to stop macular disease in its tracks

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25 June 2019
Source: Macular Society

National sight loss charity the Macular Society says the only way to stop hundreds of thousands of people losing their sight is to fund much more research. The charity, which is this week marking its fifth annual awareness week, has highlighted the small amount of money going into macular research, despite the number of people affected by the condition. Macular

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Fight for Sight: Boosting natural repair processes could be an alternative treatment in age related macular degeneration

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19 June 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight has announced funding for scientists at Queen’s University Belfast who hope to boost the capacity for damaged tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye to repair themselves – prevent or slow down sight loss for patients with age-related macular degeneration. The research, led by Professor Alan Stitt, Dr Reinhold Medina and Dr Imre Lengyel at

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Fight for Sight calls for new round of applications for its Small Grant Awards with charity partners

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13 June 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is partnering with five national charities with shared research interests to offer their Small Grant Awards, for which it is now inviting applications. Each Small Grant Award will be jointly funded by Fight for Sight and the respective charity partner, and will offer up to £15,000 to clinical or research scientists to conduct stand-alone research projects for

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