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.

Developed entirely in-house by the artificial intelligence (AI) team at Moorfields, this will be hugely beneficial to clinicians caring for patients with GA, providing a reliable and fast way to assess the severity of geographic atrophy, how quickly it progresses and how well it is responding to treatment.

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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

European Aniridia Conference 2021

Event hosted in London with content managed and delivered by a team of highly distinguished experts from Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre.

Date: 6 August 2021

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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.

Date: 15 July 2021

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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.

Date: 30 June 2021

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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.

Published in Nature Medicine May 2021

Additional story on the BBC website

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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. They are:

Philipp Mueller

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

United Kingdom

Abstract title: Prevalence and Associations of Dome-Shape Macular Configuration – A Macular Curvature Study on UK Biobank data

Hend Ahmed

University College London

United Kingdom

Abstract title: Usability of AdaptDx for Dark Adaptation Testing in Choroideremia

If you would like to see the presentations this year, they will be in the Virtual Poster Hall . You can view the conference schedule here.

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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.

The findings were published in the journal Ophthalmology on 31 March 2021 and have been widely reported in the press, both in the U.K. and in the U.S.A.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Laser treatment for glaucoma – major new study

A further international trial has been announced following the LiGHT study, led by Professor Gus Gazzard, which has been investigating the use of laser treatment as an alternative to eye drops for glaucoma.

Read more about the new trial

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UCL Age Innovation Hub launched

Our colleagues at UCL are looking for your ideas about how technology could improve health and quality of life in our aging population .

Find out more about the hub and help shape the future of innovation

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We were proud to support the 2020 Bloomsbury Festival, much of which was held online. Interviews with BRC researchers and the new INSIGHT podcast series were broadcast on Bloomsbury Radio during the festival.

Read more about the festival, our podcasts and radio interviews

Research opportunities at Moorfields : ROAM

Moorfields launches new web application ROAM for patients and public interested in taking part in research at the trust.

Read the full story on the Moorfields website

The SPIRIT and CONSORT guidelines have been revised, to support more complete and transparent reporting of trials of artificial intelligence (A.I.).

Read the full story on the Moorfields website

PPIE Award 2020

BRC Award for researchers' work in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement


Ophthalmology in 2020: Gaining sight for sore eyes

Rare Disease Day 2020

Date: 4 March 2020

My Eye Site Event

Written by Jo Cammack, Research Fellow.

Date: 27 February 2020

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence article - featuring NIHR Clinician researcher Pearse Keane

Date: 18 February 2020

Charles Bonnet Syndrome Day

Date: 22/11/2019

Report by Judith Potts founder of Esme's Umbrella

Announcing INSIGHT: The new data hub for eye health

Date: 12/09/2019

Click here for The Guardian news article

Science Festival

Date: 01/07/2019

International Clinical Trials Day 2019

By Francesca Amalfitano

Date: 13/06/2019

Cornea Connect 2019

Date: June 03 2019

The Research Pathway; From Bench to Bedside

Date: 20th May 2019

Article by Nicola O'Connell

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How artificial intelligence is helping to prevent blindness

Machine learning is being used to automate the detection of eye diseases

Date: April 29th 2019

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Ophthalmologist Power List 2019

Date: March 28th 2019

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Living with Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Article by Nicola O'Connell

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Moorfields' young persons’ advisory group for eye and vision research

Date: 2nd March 2019

Location: St Lukes Community Centre

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First ever Charles Bonnet Syndrome Information Day - A report from Judith Potts

Date: 16th November 2018

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The Ophthalmologist

Date: June 2018

Article by Pete Jones: How data-driven VR/AR is driving new insight into visual impairments

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Women in Vision UK editorials

Dates: 26th April and 15th June 2018

Journals : Therapeutic Journal of Ophthalmology & Eye

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Nature Genetics - Researchers identify genetic variants that may predict glaucoma risk

Date: 21st May 2018

Journal: Nature Genetics

Click here for the full press release

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