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NIHR-supported researcher Professor Yu Wai Man has been appointed Chair of Ophthalmology in Cambridge

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

Professor Patrick Yu Wai Man

Prof. Yu Wai Man

Members of the public participate in project to analyse images of Uveitis in children

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

Keratoconus risk calculator developed by team at Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

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

UCL leads the UK in health research according to the REF 2021

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.

Moorfields NIHR researchers feature on The Ophthalmologist Power List 2022

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

NIHR appoints Professor Sobha Sivaprasad as Senior Investigator

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

New five-year funding award announced for NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

The NIHR Moorfields CRF has received a new five-year funding term to facilitate novel therapies and technologies to preserve sight.

28 February 2022

Rare Disease Day 2022

The NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre marks Rare Disease Day on 28 February 2022 by highlighting two projects related to rare eye diseases: the Eye2Gene research project and the gene.vision website. Read more

28 February 2022

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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

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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 speaks to NIHR-supported researcher Dr Pearse Keane for video on A.I. in healthcare

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

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Moorfields patient receives bionic chip implant in blind eye

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

Image shows testing machinery at new eye hub

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.

2021 – a year of triumphs, challenges and change at Moorfields BRC

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.

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Moorfields patient receives the world's first 3D printed eye

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

Keratoconus patient day 2021

The NIHR Moorfields BRC hosted an event for patients participating in the Keralink trial and their parents, Keratoconous patients, relatives, friends and healthcare professionals.

Date: 27 November 2021

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Artificial Intelligence breakthrough in the diagnosis of geographic atrophy at Moorfields & UCL

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.

ALICE the Robot Visits Bloomsbury

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.

European Ainiridia Conference 2021

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

NIHR and Moorfields Eye Charity launch first joint Advanced Fellowship

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.

Read more on the Moorfields Eye Charity website

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European Ainiridia Conference 2021

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

NIHR and Moorfields Eye Charity launch first joint Advanced Fellowship

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.

Read more on the Moorfields Eye Charity website

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Gene Vision Chat Bot launch

Gene Vision site launches new Chat Bot and we have created a film to explain it.

https://vimeo.com/568527543


30 June 2021

Insights into INSIGHT podcast - Series 2

The second series looked beyond the use of data and AI in eye research, swinging the lens back on ourselves to explore the world as we think we know it.


15 July 2021

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BRC ARVO 2021 Travel award recipients

The NIHR BRC at Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is pleased to announce the winners of this years ARVO travel award.

Partial recovery of visual function in a blind patient after optogenetic therapy

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.

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BBC Two documentary 'DNA Family Secrets' features genetic testing at Moorfields


The episode (first airing Tuesday 16 March 2021) features a young Moorfields patient and his family as they discover whether gene therapy could help him with his sight loss. The programme follows the family as they undergo genetic testing in Professor Mariya Moosajee’s clinic at Moorfields City Road, and his subsequent treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Dr Anthony Khawaja (left) and Dr Sharon Chua (right)

NIHR Moorfields BRC study links low to moderate alcohol consumption with lower risk of cataract surgery


A new observational study has found that low to moderate alcohol consumption, especially of wine, is associated with a lower risk of requiring surgery for cataracts. However, the nature of the study means it does not prove a direct causal effect between alcohol and a reduced risk of cataracts.


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NIHR funds first UK-wide population study of all forms of childhood visual impairment


A new epidemiological study carried out with NIHR support provides detailed information on the prevalence of different visual impairments, as well as associated conditions and environmental factors. The findings are vital for assessing the visual health of the population and planning effective health services.

NIHR researchers contribute to major new Lancet Commission on Global Eye Health


A newly published report in The Lancet Global Health journal sets out the huge unmet need for eye care around the world, which by 2050 will see 1.8 billion people living with untreated vision impairment. By tackling the barriers to treatments in low- and middle-income countries using existing, cost-effective interventions, the report estimates the boost to global economic output would be almost £300 billion a year – as well improving quality of life for millions of people.

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Professor Mariya Moosajee

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021


Our colleagues and partners at UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and Women in Vision UK spoke to two women who work under the Moorfields BRC banner, as part of celebrations marking this annual UN inititative to promote the incredible work of women in science.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome – new study showing impact of pandemic on symptoms coincides with Coronation Street storyline featuring the condition


A new study showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Charles Bonnet Syndrome symptoms coincides with a Coronation Street storyline featuring the often frightening condition. In the soap Johnny, an established character, develops scary, silent hallucinations. The UCL study highlights the isolation of the condition.

As remote consultations surge, home eye tests prove effective


Researchers from NIHR Moorfields BRC, Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, working with colleagues at UCL, Essex and Cambridge universities wanted to find out if a simple, paper-based eye test could be used by eye patients at home...

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) linked with air pollution

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.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome Patient Information Event

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.

Gene Vision website launched

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.