College Research Excellence Awards

28 August 2011

It is not too late to submit an application and/or nomination for one of the College’s Research Excellence Awards. The Awards recognise achievements and celebrate outstanding contributions to research in the fields of optometry, optics and vision science. This year the following Awards are available: The Arthur Bennett Prize (open to non-College members as well as members) For outstanding research,

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2011 - RE Awards - Guidelines
2011 - RE Awards - Guidelines
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Boost for services for local blind people as Greenwich charity joins forces with Royal London

25 August 2011

Blind and visually impaired people in Greenwich are set for improved services following the announcement of the merger of Blind Independence Greenwich (B.I.G) and the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). The merger will ensure that all the existing B.I.G services such as advice sessions, classes in Braille and other skill, and regular social activities, will be guaranteed for

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The Low Review, Call for Evidence

22 August 2011

In the 2010 Spending Review the Government announced its intention to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, soon to become Personal Independence Payment, from people living in state-funded residential care. There has been a wide ranging debate over the impact of the removal of these payments. The purpose of this review is to hear from the widest possible

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Reforming the assessment for Employment and Support Allowance – make your views count

8 August 2011

We have major concerns about the fairness and effectiveness of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). WCA is the test that is being used to assess who is eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a vital source of income for people who have limited capability for work because of illness and disability. You have a crucial opportunity to help improve

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Social Care changes – we really want to hear your views ……

21 July 2011

As you may know major changes to the way social care services are delivered are a high priority for government. This year is very important as a white paper will be issued laying out proposed new policy and new laws are planned to be introduced next year. Action for Blind People will be working with colleagues across the VI sector

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Fight for Sight Awards for Eye Research

21 July 2011

Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding world class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease, is pleased to announce that its 2012 grants round is now open and is inviting applications for the awards described below. Fight for Sight PhD Studentships: Applications are invited from PhD supervisors for studentships of up to

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Nystagmus Network Press Release: Nystagmus stories target schools and hospitals

2 July 2011

Nystagmus Network (NN) has published two story cards about Northwick the bear with nystagmus to help children, teachers and others understand what it’s like to have this unusual eye condition. One story card is for schools, the other for hospitals. The stories are based on the series “Tales of Northwick” written by NN information and development manager John Sanders. The

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Study Demonstrates Electrical Stimulation Therapy Safe and Well-Tolerated in Early Stage Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients

30 June 2011

Okuvision GmbH, an innovator in the field of electrical stimulation therapy (EST) for retinitis pigmentosa patients, announced the presentation of data from the company’s first sham-controlled pilot study. The study included 24 patients suffering from early and intermediate stage retinitis pigmentosa who were separated into three groups and received EST at varying strengths for 30 minutes per week for six

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