British Council for Prevention of Blindness Grant Programme

6 April 2016
Source: British Council for Prevention of Blindness

Closing date: 7 October 2016       Grants are offered for research projects that further the goals of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’, in the following categories: Fellowships leading to the award of PhD or MD – up to £63,333 per year over 2 or 3 years. Research grants – up to £60,000 Research Mentorship Awards – up

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RNIB Cymru: Fears about declining numbers of teachers for children with vision impairment in Wales

22 March 2016
Source: RNIB Cymru

Research by RNIB Cymru has raised concerns about the declining numbers of Qualified Teachers for the Visually Impaired (QTVIs) in the country.  The finding reveal that the number of teachers holding the teaching qualification for this speciality has been slowly decreasing as teachers get closer to retirement age and are not replaced. In Wales there are nearly two thousand children

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Kings Fund: Bringing together physical and mental health. A new frontier for integrated care

8 March 2016
Source: Kings Fund

A number of factors have made it difficult to respond to the relatively recent debate regarding physical and mental health needs. These difficulties include the institutional and cultural barriers, separate payment systems for physical and mental health care, and the trend for increasing sub-specialisation in professional education. As a result, people using services commonly find their physical and mental health needs

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Patients with High-Risk Macular Degeneration Show Improvement with High-Dose Statin Treatment

7 March 2016
Source: Harvard Medical school

A phase I/II clinical trial at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that some patients taking high doses of atorvastatin (cholesterol-lowering medication) had complete resolution of lipid deposits in the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and though effective treatments are available for the wet AMD, they are currently

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Fight for Sight: Understanding the mechanism of rare blinding disorder passed from parents to their children

29 February 2016
Source: Fight for Sight

Scientists have identified a key mechanism that damages the cornea in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy, a rare blinding disorder, which is passed from parents to their children.

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SENSE: Lord Blunkett unveils report that finds disabled children are missing out on play opportunities vital to their development

26 February 2016
Source: SENSE

A report by the national deafblind charity, Sense, today reveals the severe restrictions facing disabled children in accessing play. The report identifies failings at every level that result in disabled children missing out on play opportunities that are vital to their emotional, social and physical  development. A lack of attention by government, insufficient funding at a local level and negative

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Brien Holden Vision Institute: Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

12 February 2016
Source: Brien Holden Vision Institute

Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, with up to one-fifth of them (1 billion) at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue, says a study published in the journal Ophthalmology this week. 5 billion to be short-sighted (myopic) by the year 2050 One in ten at risk of blindness Myopia

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