Public and Patients
The first meeting of our new Cross Innovation Hub took place recently with an event designed to bring clinicians and researchers together to foster new partnerships in vision research. Around 35 people attended, hearing about the collaborative success of The London Project and taking part in 'speed matching' and networking sessions.
13 December 2022
On 16 November – Charles Bonnet Syndrome Awareness Day – an event took place at the Palace of Westminster focusing on the condition, supported by the NIHR Moorfields BRC. The evening was hosted by Rupa Huq MP and organised by the charity Esme’s Umbrella, which provides information about Charles Bonnet Syndrome and encourages research into the condition.
24 November 2022
We are delighted to announce that the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has been awarded £20 million funding for a new five-year period starting from December 2022.
14 October 2022
Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of culture, arts, science, literature and debate in London's knowledge quarter. For our third year of involvement with the Festival, we focus on two themes: techniques for coping with Charles Bonnet Syndrome and the links between air pollution and eye health.
20 to 22 October 2022
A study funded by NIHR Moorfields BRC has shown that people who wear reusable contact lenses are nearly four times as likely as those wearing daily disposables to develop a rare sight-threatening eye infection.
23 September 2022
Gene therapy has partly restored the function of the retina’s cone receptors in two children who were born completely colour-blind, reports a new study led by UCL researchers. [UCL News site]
24 August 2022
A recently published paper describes a new computer programme called ‘Automorph’, which analyses photographs of the back of the eye. It allows researchers to process these images much more quickly and efficiently, and could lead to faster ways of diagnosing many diseases that cause changes in the eye, including conditions affecting the whole body.
5 September 2022
We are delighted to report that Prof. Patrick Yu Wai Man was recently appointed Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Cambridge, having been funded by the NIHR Moorfields BRC since his appointment at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2014.
4 July 2022
The Oriel project has taken another important step forward with the granting of planning permission for the new hospital, research and education building on St Pancras Way in the London Borough of Camden. The building will also provide a new home for the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre.
15 August 2022
Members of the public are being asked to examine and evaluate high-resolution images of the potentially blinding eye condition, uveitis, as part of a UCL-led project aimed at ensuring children with the disease are diagnosed and treated far more quickly.
24 May 2022
A new tool for showing the risk factors in developing keratoconus to clinicians and to aid discussions with patients has been designed by a team at Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
23 May 2022
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 has recognised UCL as the top university in the UK for the quality and impact of its research in medicine, health and life sciences. The success – with major contributions from the Faculty of Brain Sciences, including the Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO). The NIHR Moorfields BRC has played an important role in this achievement through its support of life-changing research at the IoO.
The Ophthalmologist Power List 2022 has been published, naming seven NIHR Moorfields BRC researchers among the hundred most influential people working in ophthalmology today.
8 April 2022
The NIHR has appointed Professor Sobha Sivaprasad, NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre clinician researcher, as one of 30 new NIHR Senior Investigators.
4 March 2022
The NIHR Moorfields CRF has received a new five-year funding term to facilitate novel therapies and technologies to preserve sight.
28 February 2022
The results of the LiGHT Study, an NIHR-funded trial comparing different treatment options for glaucoma and ocular hypertension, have led to an update to the national guidelines for NHS care in England. In a major shift, SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty) is now recommended as the primary option to lower internal eye pressure, replacing eye drops as the standard treatment.
24 February 2022
A team led by Professor Ted Garway-Heath at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital has been awarded a major grant for a major four-year clinical trial to test the effectiveness of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, as a treatment for glaucoma.
22 February 2022
The Economist has made a short film about the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in healthcare entitled ‘How A.I. can make health care better’. It explores how A.I. is transforming the way patients are diagnosed and treated, and is making it easier and cheaper to test new medical procedures.
16 February 2022
A patient at Moorfields Eye Hospital has been able to detect electronically generated visual signals with her blind left eye, thanks to a successfully implanted microchip. She is the first UK patient to receive this new device as part of the PRIMAvera study, a Europe-wide clinical trial for the new technology.
21 January 2022
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL have opened a pop-up diagnostic hub at Brent Cross in North London. The new space, previously a shop, enables some people to be seen closer to their homes, providing a convenient way for them to access diagnostic eye care.
As the year draws to a close, the team at the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre reflect back on a year of extraordinary research, a return to in-person events, and a new BRC manager.
A Moorfields Eye Hospital Patient will be the first person in the world to be supplied with a fully digitally created 3D printed eye. He first tried the eye in early November alongside a traditionally made acrylic prosthetic. Now he goes home as the first person with this digitally scanned and printed prosthetic.
25 November 2021
A team led by Dr Konstantinos Balaskas at Moorfields Eye Hospital Ophthalmic Reading Centre and Clinical AI hub has developed a fully automated, deep-learning model that can detect and quantify geographic atrophy using standard eye scans.
The INSIGHT PPIE team took part in the Bloomsbury Festival 2021. The festival took place across a week and is focussed on science and art, two of our favourite subjects. The theme this year was Shining Light and we thought we would shine a light on the subject of machine learning and the use of data in healthcare and research.
Hosted in London, the conference was managed and delivered by a team of highly distinguished experts from Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre.
6 August 2021
Together with our partners at Moorfields Eye Charity, we are delighted to announce that Dr Patrick Yu Wai Man has been awarded our first Advanced Fellowship for his work to evaluate patient outcomes and therapies for inherited diseases affecting the optic nerve.
Partial recovery of visual function in a blind patient after optogenetic therapy using light sensing proteins, first found in algae.
This is the first reported case of partial functional recovery in a neurodegenerative disease after optogenetic therapy.
New research led by Prof. Paul Foster and the UK Biobank Eye and Vision Consortium shows an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration linked to air pollution. The study was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
Over 500 people attended the online patient information event on 16th November, marking Charles Bonnet Syndrome awareness day and 5 years since the launch of Esme's Umbrella.
The Gene Vision website has been created by researchers, clinicians and patient charities to provide a trustworthy open-access resource for information on Rare Genetic Eye disease.