New developments in the search for treatments for Stargardt disease

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10 March 2019
Source: Retina UK

Stargardt disease principally affects central vision, with onset usually occurring during adolescence or young adulthood, and is frequently caused by errors in a gene known as ABCA4. However, in many cases, no faults can be found in the sections of the gene that code for the building block ‘ingredients’ of the ABCA4 protein, meaning that there are no clues to

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BMJ Open: Impact of eye clinic liaison officers: a qualitative study in UK ophthalmology clinics

6 March 2019
Source: BMJ Open

Objectives:    To explore the impact of eye clinic liaison officers (ECLOs, also known as sight loss advisors) on the processes, functions and quality of ophthalmology clinics through the experiences of ophthalmology staff in the UK. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: UK hospital ophthalmology clinics. Participants:  Health and social care professionals in the UK. Results:  ECLOs who had a presence in

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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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Research to understand the role of nerve damage in keratoconus

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25 January 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight has today announced funding for research to investigate the causes of keratoconus. The condition, which usually affects young people, results in progressive damage to the cornea – the window at the front of the eye – and has a profound impact on vision and quality of life. Dr Mouhamed Al-Aqaba and his team of researchers at Nottingham

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BBC News: Brexit: Universities warn no deal is ‘biggest-ever threat’

4 January 2019
Source: BBC News

University heads are warning a no-deal Brexit is “one of the biggest threats” the institutions have ever faced. Higher education leaders have written to MPs to say it is “no exaggeration” to warn that it would take universities “decades to recover”. They say it would undermine scientific research and threaten universities’ £21bn contribution to the UK economy. See the full

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Just £5 to achieve your New Year’s resolution – tap into our January discount for challenge events

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1 January 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

If you have joined thousands of others in making a News Year’s Resolution to get fit or simply want a challenge, then look no further – Fight for Sight is offering an 80% reduction in registration fee for an exciting range of challenge events during 2019. For just £5 you can register for fantastic events including Vitality Big Half on

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70@70: The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme

13 November 2018
Source: The Department of Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has recognised the huge, and as yet untapped, potential contribution of senior nurses and midwives to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). In response to this, we are delighted to introduce ‘70@70: The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme’. The programme is aimed at Senior Nurse/Midwife clinical leaders with

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Longitudinal Transition Study results published. Funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust

9 November 2018
Source: University of Birmingham/Thomas Pocklington Trust

The University of Birmingham have published the results of a Longitudinal Transition Study, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, following the experiences of young people with vision impairment from secondary school into further education and employment. Findings from the study show that whilst participants are inching closer to the labour market, common challenges were identified: •Just over a fifth (21 per

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Papers for the 1st meeting of the Vision UK Research, Cures and Treatments Panel 17/09/18

17 September 2018
Source: Vision UK

Papers for the 1st meeting of the Vision UK Research, Cures and Treatments Panel 17/09/18  

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LSHTM to lead vital research into severe corneal infections in low and middle-income countries

6 September 2018
Source: LSHTM

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been awarded more than £3m by the Wellcome Trust for new research into severe corneal infections in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The work will be conducted by LSHTM’s International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), led by Professor Matthew Burton. Over a five-year period, the funding will allow an international

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