Cardiff University: KESS2 East PhD in Public Health: Evaluation of errors in the delivery of care to patients with eye-related problems

23 August 2019
Source: Cardiff University

Application deadline: 9 September 2019   Start date: 1 October 2019 Duration: 3 years Funding body: KESS Level of study: Postgraduate research Award type: PhD studentship Number of studentships: One This PhD scholarship represents an opportunity to train to become a Public Health academic. The outcome of this collaborative project on eye-related patient safety will be to investigate and identify

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Fight for Sight: Examining the role of vitamin B3 supplementation in reducing and preventing retinal cell damage caused by glaucoma

20 August 2019

Fight for Sight is funding researchers at Cardiff University to examine the extent to which dietary supplementation of Nicotinamide – a form of vitamin B3 – can be used to reduce, and even prevent, retinal damage caused by glaucoma. This important research could help pave the way for new types of treatment for glaucoma, which are currently focused only on

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Nystagmus Network funding leads to discovery of new algorithm

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10 April 2019
Source: Nystagmus Network

A paper ‘An automated segmentation approach to calibrating infantile nystagmus waveforms’ relating to a research project by members of the Cardiff University team and others, which the Nystagmus Network funded, has been formally published. The report describes an algorithm which takes an eye-tracking recording and automatically separates it into its component parts (quick phases, slow phases and foveations*), allowing several

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How children with learning disabilities can miss out on eye care

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28 March 2019
Source: SeeAbility

An evaluation on the eye care needs of children in special schools in England has now been published in the peer reviewed international science journal PLOS ONE. Three of the four authors, including the lead author, are from SeeAbility’s clinical team – Lisa Donaldson Optometrist and Clinical Lead, Marek Karas Senior Optometrist and Donna O’Brien Policy and Research manager, supported by Dr

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Cardiff University: Traditional eye screening ‘ineffective’ for special schools

22 March 2019
Source: Cardiff University

A pioneering report co-authored by Dr Maggie Woodhouse has provided further evidence that traditional eye screening in special schools is ineffective in detecting vision problems for children with learning disabilities. The research, which was funded by the vision charity SeeAbility, concluded that full eye examinations are a more effective method for detection. The report aimed to present the findings of

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Understanding symptoms associated with eyelid spasms

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21 February 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight and the Dystonia Society are funding researchers from Cardiff University to identify the symptoms associated with blepharospasm, the involuntary tight closure of the eyelids. The Cardiff researchers, led by Dr Kathryn Peall, will investigate whether other non-movement symptoms such as changes to mood, sleep disturbances and information processing difficulties are associated with the disorder, and whether these

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National Eye Health Week 2018: Research funding will use iPads to identify the best method to manage nystagmus

28 September 2018
Source: Fight for Sight and Nystagmus Network

Fight for Sight and The Nystagmus Network have announced funding for three exciting nystagmus research projects at the Nystagmus Network Conference, which is taking place today during National Eye Health Week 2018. In total £30,000 in funding will be used for projects bringing benefits to children and adults living with the condition, which is characterised by involuntary and repetitive movements

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Nystagmus Network: Nystagmus research – a progress report

13 July 2018
Source: Nystagmus Network

The Nystagmus Network is funding equipment and testing to underpin nystagmus research taking place at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, in collaboration with the genetics research team at the University of Southampton. On behalf of the Cardiff team, Nikita Thomas reports: “Our study attempts to investigate how visual function in Idiopathic Nystagmus is related to the formation

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University of Bristol and Cardiff University: Study finds spending more time in education causes myopia (short-sight)

15 June 2018
Source: University of Bristol

Myopia, or short-sight, is one of leading causes of visual disability in the world. The global prevalence is rising rapidly and has reached epidemic levels in the developed countries of East and Southeast Asia. Now a new study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some light on why the length of time spent in education is a causal

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Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University: Family members’ experiences of informed consent and proxy decision making for research involving adults lacking capacity

14 February 2018
Source: University of Cardiff

Can you be involved?   Around 2 million people in the UK have significantly impaired mental capacity due to neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, acute medical emergencies such as stroke, or associated with learning or intellectual disabilities. Research involving people who have impaired decision-making capacity raises ethical and practical challenges, including the need for others to be involved in the informed

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