New molecular ‘scaffolding’ could repair nerve damage in glaucoma

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16 July 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Understanding how immune cells cause scarring in wet age-related macular degeneration

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31 May 2019
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A study funded by research charity Fight for Sight aims to understand the role that our own immune cells play in the development of macular scarring. This scarring can cause irreversible sight loss in more than half of patients with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), the leading cause of sight loss in the UK. The knowledge

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‘Organ-on-a-chip’ opens the door to new treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases

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24 May 2019
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Eye research charity, Fight for Sight, is funding the development of an ‘organ-on-chip’ that for the first time will be used to help investigate glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Dr Darryl Overby and Dr Sam Au from Imperial College London, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Duke University, will build upon the latest bioengineering technology to

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Macular Society launches second training course for eye care professionals

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10 May 2019
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Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society has given a boost to eye care professionals wanting to learn more about macular disease by launching a brand-new free course to its online training package. ‘The emotional impact of a diagnosis of AMD’ is the second course it has made available through the web-based training programme. Alongside the first course, ‘An Introduction

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