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A great interview on BBC South yesterday (6 March 2014) with Professor Andrew Lotery and a patient who has received gene therapy to treat a blinding eye disease.
Professor Lotery and his colleagues in Southampton collaborated on a study of gene therapy for a rare form of eye disease called choroideremia. This study led by Prof Maclaren in Oxford has shown promising results for treating choroideremia. It also shows that gene therapy can rescue the cells we use to sense light (photoreceptors). This suggests gene therapy could be eventually useful to treat other diseases such as age related macular degeneration.
The Gift of Sight Appeal raised the funds to provide the necessary equipment to allow Southampton to participate in the study.
Prof Lotery says “Thanks to the Gift of Sight Appeal, we were able to give patients from Wessex access to this exciting new clinical trial and also to many other others. I would encourage anybody to support the Gift of Sight Appeal as it is making such a huge difference in fighting blindness and giving patients the Gift of Sight.”
Details of the study published in the Lancet can be found here .
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HUGE THANKS to Waitrose, Portswood for selecting Gift of Sight as one of their 'Community Matters' charities for September and for the fabulous £640 received. Waitrose, Romsey included Gift of Sight for their December charities and donated a wonderful £400.
Shoppers in Chandler's Ford will have the opportunity to support us in March. What a fabulous scheme attracting a welcome donation but also, importantly, spreading the word about our research.
Patients who attend Southampton Eye Unit are drawn from the whole of Hampshire and community support is very much appreciated.
Concert given by Emma and Richard Scott-Copeland for XL1 Tangent Club, Southampton SO15 5UQ
4 April 2014 at 7.00pm
at King Edward VI School, Wilton Road, Southampton
Emma Scott-Copeland, an accomplished soprano and long term supporter of Gift of Sight, will give a concert at King Edward VI School. The programme will be light hearted and light refreshments and wine are included in the price of £12.50.
Southampton XL1 Tangent Club are raising funds for Gift of Sight for the year and this event will be included in their fundraising totals. Any enquiries regarding the Concert may be made either to Ailsa at Gift of Sight or addressed to Mrs Greta Paxton c/o Gift of Sight.
Three Course Buffet Supper 8 April 2014 7pm for 7.30pm
Kuti's Brasserie, 39 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP
Please contact Ailsa if you would like to join us at Kuti's on Tuesday 8 April for a three course buffet supper costing £20 per head. This is an informal evening to enjoy with your friends and an opportunity to meet some of the Research Team, who are always happy to discuss their work.
Rotary, New Forest Horse or Cycle Ride
17 May 2014
Please do sign up to this wonderfully organised event and raise funds for Gift of Sight. There is the opportuity to walk, cycle or ride through parts of Burley and over the past three years I have enjoyed helping the Rotary Club by acting as 'gate lady'. We would greatly appreciate it if you could sign up with your partner, the family or a group of friends and participate together. Please look at the New Forest Rotary Club website for further details.
SKYDIVE 2014 18 May 2014
If you would like to enjoy a tandem Skydive for Gift of Sight please 'sign up' with Ailsa. The jump will cost £225 (£50 deposit required on booking) with £200 sponsorship to be raised to support our research into blinding eye diseases. We already have 10 brave people signed up, including two sixteen year olds (who need the parent's permission). The team is made up of clinicians, University colleagues, friends and family. We're hoping it may be our largest group yet. If you are thinking of joining us please do look at the GoSkydive website. 26.02.14
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