Sight loss affects over two million people in the UK and this figure is set to more than double within a generation. Much of this trend is due to the rising incidences of obesity and diabetes, which are major triggers of sight loss. The need to find new ways of treating and preventing eye disease has therefore never been greater.
Every year limited resources mean that National Eye Research Centre has to turn down more research projects than our charity can afford to support. This year our independent Scientific Advisory Committee scored one such research project into diabetic retinopathy very highly but we were unable to fund it immediately due to lack of funds. However, thanks to your generous support this project is now fully funded and David Bates, Professor of Oncology and Head of Cancer Biology, at the University of Nottingham is now proceeding with the recruitment of a PhD student to explore this crucial area of eye research. Here, he talks about diabetic retinopathy and how is research will target new treatments:
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness amongst working age people in the UK (more than 1.25 million people in the UK are registered with this debilitating condition) and we urgently need to find more effective treatments. For more information on diabetic retinopathy please watch our You Tube video:
On behalf of the 1.25 million people in the UK who are hoping for an effective treatment for this disease we thank you for your generous support.
National Eye Research Centre is grateful to The Masonic Charitable Foundation, The Robert McAlpine Foundation and its many individual supporters who supported our appeal and enabled this important piece of eye research to proceed.