Research published in Molecular Therapy develops a gene therapy approach for glaucoma in the lab

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25 March 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness for which there is currently no cure. In a lab setting, the researcher used a gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genetic information when transferred into eye cells using a harmless virus. By switching off a gene called aquaporin 1, researchers found that the gene therapy prevented the build-up of fluid –

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International team delivers research breakthrough for leading cause of blindness

7 February 2020
Source: Queen Mary University of London

Researchers have identified a new protein linked to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that could offer new hope for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which affects over 600,000 people in the UK alone. The research team, made up of scientists from Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University, and Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, found

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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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Fight for Sight survey on personal impact of sight loss is now live

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24 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Leading eye research charity Fight for Sight has launched a survey to gather broader insights into the personal impact of sight loss and eye conditions. The charity is inviting those affected by sight loss – either personally or indirectly via someone they care for – to participate in the survey and strengthen the case for urgently needed eye research funding.

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Fight for Sight Launches ‘20 Voices’ Campaign to Highlight Personal Impact of Sight Loss

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14 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight is today launching the ’20 voices for 2020′ campaign, sharing the stories of 20 people whose lives have been impacted by sight loss. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of the personal impact of sight loss in the UK and the possibilities of science to make a difference. Fifteen-year-old Rose Roberts is lending her

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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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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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School of Health Sciences at City University London: Exploring support for family members and friends of people with visual impairment

30 October 2019
Source: School of Health Sciences at City University London

Name of principal investigator/researcher: Dr Ahalya Subramanian Would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether you would like to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take time to read the following information carefully, and discuss it

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Science Direct: Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

8 October 2019
Source: Science Direct.

Amanda N.Frencha, Regan S,.Ashby, Ian G.Morgan, Kathryn A.Rose Highlights •  Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to become myopic. •  This protection appears to be due to time outdoors, rather than engagement in sport. •  Effect sizes suggest that more time outdoors could reduce myopia in children. •  Dopamine release may be stimulated by bright outdoor light,

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