About The NIHR Moorfields BRCPlease click on the arrow icon [
About The NIHR Moorfields BRC
Our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has received a major five year funding award for eye research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), recognising the world-leading excellence of our partnership. This short video, demonstrating our ability to deliver this research and support research infrastructure across our site, was submitted as part of the 2016 NIHR bid to secure this funding.
Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, Moorfields’ Director of Research and Development and Director of the BRC, and Director of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Professor Andrew Dick:
“We are delighted to once again have been awarded a NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. This substantial investment in eye research will enable us to continue to rapidly develop and deliver life-changing treatments for our patients. With sight loss predicted to double by the year 2050, this vital funding for eye research has never been more important. This award recognises our world-leading excellence in translating basic research through to treatments and improvements for patients.”
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Eating for Eye Health
“Eating for Eye Health” is a public engagement project initiated by research students and clinicians at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital to raise awareness about nutrition and eye health, particularly for the older generation.
There is evidence that good nutrition can benefit eye health.
Through this project, we aim to explore simple ways of improving nutrition for the older generation, especially involving people who have received a diagnosis of "dry" age-related macular degeneration (AMD) for which there is currently no treatment.
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Living With Birdshot Uveitis
This film includes a series of short interviews with patients discussing what it is like living with the condition, Birdshot Uveitis.
Birdshot uveitis, also known as birdshot chorioretinopathy, birdshot retinochoroidopathy or simply referred to as birdshot, is a rare eye disease thought to be caused by an autoimmune response, though the exact trigger is still unknown. It is a chronic disease characterised by intermittent periods of inflammation within the eye which impact vision, and if uncontrolled can lead to blindness.
Birdshot is a relatively new disease, first discovered in 1949 and only recognised as 'birdshot' in 1980. The relative lack of knowledge and awareness of the disease has led to it being frequently misdiagnosed and to a severe lack of information and support for patients.
This footage was shown to the attendees of the Birdshot Day event in November 2015.
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Partnership with Patients
The NIHR has announced this short film as the winner of its 2016 New Media Competition.
The film, titled 'Partnership for Sight', was created by NIHR Clinical Lecturer Dr Mariya Moosajee with her team of researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and explains the team’s research into stem cell therapy for genetic eye disease. The film is narrated by Matthew Murrell, a patient who has been involved in informing the direction of the team’s research.
On winning the NIHR New Media Competition, Dr Moosajee said:
“I am absolutely thrilled to hear that the public and NIHR have awarded my team this prize. Losing your sight is one of the most feared health outcomes with an enormous impact on the individual and their family’s day-to-day life. Patients with genetic eye disease face this future with no treatment available to them. This prize highlights that the public understand the importance of research into blinding conditions and the positive impact it can have on quality of life. I am so pleased to be able to work with patients and give them hope for the future.”
The film previously won the third round of the ‘Communicating Research Competition’ held by the NIHR Moorfields BRC in 2015. More background information about the video can be found on the Communicating Research Competition webpage.
The annual NIHR New Media Competition invites researchers to raise awareness of their work through video to communicate their research and its impact on patients. For more information about this year’s National Institute for Health Research New Media Competition, please click here.
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Living with acanthamoeba keratitis
This film includes a series of short interviews with patients discussing what it is like living with the condition, acanthamoeba keratitis.
Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare infection of the cornea caused by a microorganism found in soil, air and water. This severely debilitating disease can lead to blurred or double vision, pain and even loss of vision. Contact lens wearers make up almost 85% of those infected. They are at particularly high risk due to the possibility of the organism being transferred to the eye when contact lenses are exposed to non-sterile water. This can occur through cleaning contact lenses with tap water or wearing them in the shower or while swimming, amongst other routes.
Patients diagnosed with this condition have developed a patient-friendly information leaflet produced to provide comprehensive details of this rare condition. This can be found on the Moorfields Eye Hospital website by clicking on the following link: