DHSC issues guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR

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27 March 2020
Source: NIHR

Until further notice, the NIHR Clinical Research Network is pausing the site set up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS and social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies. This will enable our research workforce to focus on delivering the nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies or enabling redeployment to frontline care where necessary. These studies are enabling

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BBC News: Gene therapy to halt rare form of sight loss

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18 February 2020
Source: BBC News

A new gene therapy has been used to treat patients with a rare inherited eye disorder which causes blindness. It’s hoped the NHS treatment will halt sight loss and even improve vision. Matthew Wood, 48, one of the first patients to receive the injection, told the BBC: “I value the remaining sight I have so if I can hold on

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Vision UK Research Cures and Treatments Panel Statement on the funding of Clinical Eye Research

30 January 2020
Source: Vision UK

Almost two million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK and this figure is predicted to double to four million by 2050. However over 50% of this sight less could be avoided. This would not only have a huge impact – both financially and emotionally – on the lives of millions but save millions of pounds in

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NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative: Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award

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29 January 2020
Source: NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Award is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It will make £140million available over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. The Award

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Macular Society: Are you a relative, partner, friend or carer of someone with a visual impairment?

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27 January 2020
Source: Macular Society

Researchers at City, University of London are working on a research study to explore whether family and friends of visually impaired people are receiving the right support, advice or information from healthcare professionals or charities. If you are a relative, partner, friend or carer of someone with a visual impairment, they would like to hear from you. As a volunteer

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Circadian Therapeutics Research Project: Recruitment

22 January 2020
Source: Circadian Therapeutics

Blind Veterans UK and Circadian Therapeutics are seeking vision-impaired individuals between 18 – 70 years to participate in a research project exploring experiences of sleep and daily rhythm disruption. Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire (online or by phone) to understand more about vision status, health, and sleep. If you wish, your responses from this questionnaire may also

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BBC News: NHS pressures ‘put medical breakthroughs at risk’

8 January 2020
Source: BBC News

Future medical advances are at risk because NHS pressures are hampering the ability of staff to take part in vital research, leading academics say. The Academy of Medical Sciences said the number of doctors involved in research had fallen, while budgets had been frozen. It said despite shortages of staff on the front line, more priority still needed to be

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NIHR Signal: A patch or eye drops are similarly effective for the treatment of “lazy eye” in children

30 December 2019
Source: NIHR Signal

Both the use of a patch or atropine eye drops are equally suitable methods for improving clarity of vision (visual acuity) in children and young adults with amblyopia (a “lazy eye”). Amblyopia is a cause of poor vision in childhood that usually affects only one eye, resulting in the individual relying more on the good eye. The standard methods of

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ARU: Poor sight causes people to overstep the mark

18 December 2019
Source: Anglia Ruskin University

Visually-impaired risk falling by stepping higher and more slowly over objects People with vision impairment are more cautious when stepping over obstacles when walking – but increase their risk of falls, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) asked participants with simulated blurred vision to negotiate a 10cm-high obstacle on

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Blind Veterans UK, Oxford University, and Circadian Therapeutics are seeking vision-impaired individuals between 18 – 70 years to participate in a research project exploring experiences of sleep and daily rhythm disruption

29 November 2019
Source: Blind Veterans UK

Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire (online or by phone) to understand more about vision status, health, and sleep. The questionnaire will also assess eligibility to participate in Part 2 of the research study: including 4-weeks of at-home sleep and daily rhythm monitoring, followed by a 2-night stay at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Brighton to measure

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