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Congratulations To Joshua Ramsay-Smith who has now raised over £800 to support eye research by taking part in a sponsored 'day without sight'.
A major grant from one of our funders, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, launched a significant piece of research into diabetic retinopathy under Professor David Bates at the University of Nottingham. Thank you to everyone who made this research possible by contributing to our appeal and best wishes to Malhi Naseeb whose PhD research is being funded by our grant.
We are pleased to announce the publication of our Spring 2017 Newsletter with articles on:
This week (12 - 18 March 2017) is World Glaucoma Week ( #WorldGlaucomaWeek )
A good friend of ours would like to stage an exhibition of art by blind, partially sighted and visuall impaired artists in Gloucestershire.
Here's what she has to say:
"Are you an artist with sight problems?
I have a bold plan and I need your assistance.
I am looking for blind, partially sighted and visually impaired artists, like myself. I plan to arrange an exhibition for artists – sculptors, painters, photographers – to show and sell our work and to raise money for research within Gloucestershire.
Two of the UK’s leading eye research charities, National Eye Research Centre and Fight for Sight, have joined forces to co-fund two important new studies, in Leeds and in London. Inherited retinal dystrophies are the main cause of blindness in adults aged 16-64 in England and Wales. The aim is to develop treatments that halt sight loss in these devastating conditions.
Following on from a successful world’s first Phase I gene therapy trial for choroideremia, Professor Robert MacLaren and his team at Oxford University and the Oxford Eye Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital have started a Phase II trial enrolling 30 patients.
Our Chief Executive, Mike Daw (pictured in the recording studio), spent World Sight Day on 13 October giving radio interviews on the critical underfunding of research into eye disease, sight loss and blindness. We've produced a synopsis of the 'best bits' in this video:
This week (19 - 25 September 2016) we celebrate National Eye Health Week.
This week (12 - 18 September 2016) is Remember a Charity in Your Will Week.
Like many charities, National Eye Research Centre depends on the generosity of people who remember us in their Wills to fund a large proportion of our vital eye research programme.
Arriva London recently achieved a Platinum Quality Mark from the Institute of Fundraising for its employee payroll giving programme and decided to celebrate by painting platinum one of their buses that operates the 141 route from Palmers Green to London Bridge. The bus sports the Payroll Giving in Action logo and the logos of the charities they support down the sides.
We thought you might find this interactive video on the effects of ageing on our vision interesting:
Few people would take a holiday in the sun without packing sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays. But only a handful would consider the danger the sun poses to their eyes. For most people, sunglasses are more of a fashion statement than a way to protect their sight. Indeed, a recent survey by Vision Express found that only a third of us check the protective rating of the lenses.
We are very pleased to be collaborating with Fight for Sight in the joint funding of an award of up to £15,000 for research into the causes of eye disease, the developments of treaments and the prevention of sight loss.
The closing date is 17:00hrs on Wednesday 24 August 2016. Late submissions will not be entertained.
Applications must be made on the Fight for Sight online application system where full terms and conditions can also be found.
It was with great sadness that it was announced at our annual garden party on Sunday 3 July by HRH Prince Michael of Kent that he would be stepping down as our Patron after 25 years of service with the charity. We are indebted to Prince Michael for all the support he has given us for over a quarter of a century. He reminded the garden party attendees that in its thirty year history the charity has invested over £14m in vital eye research programmes and thanked those present for their loyal and valuable support.
Some exposure to sunlight is essential for the synthesis of Vitamin D, necessary for the healthy maintenance of skin and bone. However, over-exposure to the ultra-violet rays in sunlight is dangerous and can produce melanomas (cancers), including of the eye (uveal melanoma). This complex but fascinating infographic from Raconteur charts where we are most likely to be under- or over-exposed to the sun's rays.
The fabulous Lynn Ripley completed the Virgin London Marathon in an amazing 4h:13m despite suffering setbacks like a sprained ankle and a chest infection in her final days of training just before the event. That's dedication for you! She has raised £1,027 for National Eye Research Centre and we are very proud of her.
A massive thank you to Thornbury Rotary Club who raised £4,000 from their fantastic swimarathon event.
Pictured are Ben Bradley (centre, President of Thornbury Rotary Club) presenting a cheque to Mike Daw (right, Chief Executive of National Eye Research Centre).
We are pleased to announce that our call for major grant applications for 2017 is now open.
This year we are formalising the triage process that we have operated for the past two years.
In order to accommodate the extra stage that a formal triage process requires we have to bring forward the closing deadline for an abridged triage application to 31 October 2016.
A top British eye surgeon is planning to perform the UK's first transplant using an artificial cornea.
Sheraz Daya has said he will carry out the complex operation within a year - pending approval from British and EU authorities.
The artificial cornea will be made from lab-grown collagen, tissue that is naturally found in the human body.
Our Spring newsletter is out now. You can download it here
Today we spent a very productive few hours with Ben Howlett MP discussing our common interest in raising awareness of the underfunding of eye research in the UK despite the projections that sight loss will double from affecting two million people currently to more than four million in less than 35 years.
Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw (pictured left) delivered an inspirational lecture at our inaugural Sam Gaussen Memorial Lecture on 15 February 2016.
On 12 February 2016 National Eye Research Centre celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
In its proud 30 year history the charity has invested over £14m in research into eye disease, sight loss and blindness.
Please help us raise more by donating to our 30th anniversary appeal. We are seeking 1,000 donations of £30 each to help us raise our appeal target of £30,000.
A BBC news item has highlighted the shortage of corneas for the UK corneal transplant programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35410148
We are proud to announce that we have joined VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration and co-operation between organisations across the eye health and sight loss sectors, as a new member organisation.
We are proud to announce that we have passed our AMRC audit for operating to the best principles of peer review in medical and health research. This demonstrates the quality of the work that we do to ensure that we fund only the best research applications in the field of ophthalmology as recognised by an independent panel of research scientists for their expertise in eye research. The current membership of our Scientific Advisory Committee can be viewed here.
Uveitis is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in the working age population. Research is urgently needed to understand and to develop more effective and safer treatments for this debilitating eye disease. The James Tudor Foundation has recognised this need and generously granted us 50% of the costs of a research project at the University of Bristol to fund a PhD research post to undertake this research. However, the offer is time-limited and we have to raise the remaining 50% (£39,000) quickly in order that their grant offer does not lapse.
NIHR have released a grant call for "Self-monitoring for age-related macular degeneration"
More details at http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/hta-commissioned
We have recorded our appeal for our BBC Radio 4 appeal. At BBC Broadcasting House in London our Ambassador and Paralympic skier, Jade Etherington recorded the appeal which will be broadcast on Sunday 23 August at 7:55am. It will be repeated at 9:26pm and again on Thursday 27 August at 3:27pm.
We enjoyed a great day at our garden party today; the weather was glorious, we were entertained to the sounds of the Terry Hill Big Band and we enjoyed a sumptuous cream tea. Thank you to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden for hosting us and to all our supporters for making the day so special and raising much needed funds for eye research. Thank you to Tortworth Nurseries for their plant stall, Wotton Auction Rooms for providing valuations and Smith & Williamson Investment Management for their sponsorship.
We are very proud to have been able to purchase a UVA cross linking lamp for the treatment of Keratoconus at St James's University Hospital in Leeds, thanks to generous donations made by The Three Horseshoes pub in Oulton and the Leeds Convalescent Society.
The Royal Blind Society are holding a Vision Impairment Professionals Event in Bristol on 26 May.
We are enormously grateful to the outgoing Mayor of Chippenham, John Scragg, who chose National Eye Research Centre as his mayoral charity of the year during his term of office.
Earlier in the year we were delighted to hear that John Scragg, Mayor of Chippenham, had nominated National Eye Research Centre as his Mayoral Charity of the Year.
Cam Kennedy, the famous comic strip artist, is auctioning a piece of his original Star Wars artwork for National Eye Research Centre on ebay.
The piece is from Dark Empire2 - Book1 - page19
Support a great cause by bidding for a fantastic piece of original art!
Citadel Stamps have kindly launched a stamp appeal on our behalf. Please save your used stamps and raise money for National Eye Research Centre, please send them to the PO box address shown in the picture.
Blind athlete, Jade Etherington, winner of several Paralympics medals for guided alpine skiing, has signed up to become an ambassador of National Eye Research Centre’s inSIGHTS to a healthy future campaign, which is calling for steps to be taken to tackle critical funding in eye health research.
National Eye Research Centre launched its Insights for a Healthy Future at a Parliamentary Reception hosted by Stephen Williams MP at the House of Commons on Wednesday 4 February 2015. The manifesto calls for more investment in eye research based on recent findings by National Eye Research Centre that:
Thank you to the World Shirdi Sai Baba Organisation who held their 'luncheon in the dark' fundraiser at Dan le Noir restaurant on 23 November and raised £450 in support of National Eye Research Centre.
We have launched our own You Tube channel. Here you can watch National Eye Research Centre funded scientists talking about their essential research and explaining why your support is so vital. You can also watch videos from the patient's perspective, explaining how research led to treatments that restored their sight.
Our star supporter, Ian Richmond, will be running the Weston Super Mare half marathon in support of National Eye Research Centre on Sunday 2 November.
Scientists have found a possible treatment for the most common form of blindness using special stem cells found on the front surface of the eye.
Professor Andrew Lotery, of the University of Southampton and a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital, said: 'These cells are readily accessible, and they have surprising plasticity, which makes them an attractive cell resource for future therapies.
This week (Monday 22 - Sunday 28 September) is the fifth National Eye Health Week.
Eye care charities, like National Eye Research Centre, plus other organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
A big thank you to Hannah who is running the Bristol Half Marathon for us on 21 September. Hannah said, "I have chosen to support National Eye Research Centre because it is one very close to my heart as my younger sister has been a patient at the Bristol Eye Hospital for the last 6 years and undergone 9 operations! I would very much appreciate your support." Indeed you can support Hannah by making a donation on her JustGiving page. Thanks Hannah and good luck, to you and your sister.
Please support this amazing runner, Pawel Lee when he takes part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon on 28th September 2014 for the National Eye Research Centre.
"The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running is a notable fixture on the running calendar. There are great marathons around the world, many of them particularly marked by their settings, and the Loch Ness ranks right alongside them.
Haine and Smith, a leading chain of opticians with outlets across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire have donated two pipettes to National Eye Research Centre to assist eye research in the University of Bristol Medical School.
Our garden party on Sunday 13 July was a great success. Almost 300 people helped to raise over £4,000 to fund more eye research into distressing diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). After walking around the extensive grounds admiring the beautiful plants we enjoyed a cream tea, courtesy of Inside Out Catering, to the sounds of the Terry Hill Big Band, who were fabulous.
Researchers from Oxford University say they've made a breakthrough in developing smart glasses for people with severe sight loss.
The glasses enhance images of nearby people and objects on to the lenses, providing a much clearer sense of surroundings.
They have allowed some people to see their guide dogs for the first time.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People says they could be "incredibly important".
This year's APPG on Medical Research Summer Reception A Healthy Future for UK Medical Research took place on 16 June 2014 at the House of Commons.
In today's Daily Mail Professor John Marshall warns of the dangers to eyes of using low energy bulbs.
Ian Richmond raised £380 for National Eye Research Centre by completing the Bristol 10k on Sunday. And he did it in the great time of 47 minutes 32 seconds, and still managed to look this cool afterwards!
Here are some photos of our intrepid team who ran the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday. Well done to all of them for raising so much for vital eye research.
A big thank you to Nicola Hazell who ran the Virgin London Marathon for us and raised £688.58 for National Eye Research Centre plus an equally big thank you to her employer Santander UK who have match funded Nicola's sponsorship. Nicola said, "I decided to raise some money for the National Eye Research Centre as both my Grandma and husband’s brother had glaucoma, plus when my sister was 16 she had an accident with her eye and as a result now has partial sight in it.
The trustees of National Eye Research Centre have taken the step of incorporating the charity – it is now a charitable incorporated organisation (or CIO), rather than a charitable trust. This type of corporate vehicle is expressly designed for charities such as ours, which are expanding their activities, employing their own staff and becoming more than simply a grant-making charity. While the type of entity has changed, we will continue to support the same valuable research, exactly as we have done in the past, but with the added benefit of a corporate structure within w
The BBC Radio 4 series 'In Our Time' broadcast on 27 February 2014 features a fascinating discussion on the history of our understanding of the eye.
It's a fascinating listen!
Why is the survival rate for Retinoblastoma, a deadly but generally treatable cancer of the eye, so much lower in Africa than in Britain? National Eye Research Centre wants to raise £80,000 to fund reasearch to find out. Find out more here.
National Eye Research Centre today proudly unveils its new website. It has a much cleaner look and feel and, unlike the old version, it adapts to the new screen sizes of phones and tablets. We are also hosting it on a new domain www.nerc-charity.org.uk to emphasise our charitable status. Please let us know what you think of our new website, what you like and what you don't, if there's stuff you'd like to see that isn't there or that you can't find, any errors or typos.
The first clinical trial of a gene therapy for an inherited cause of progressive blindness called choroideremia has shown very promising initial results which have surpassed expectations of the Oxford University researchers leading the study.
Read more at: