Read the latest news from our vision science laboratories and related clinical matters.
Mr Richard Adams
We were sorry to learn of the death of our Patron Mr Richard Adams on Christmas eve, 2016. Richard and his wife Elizabeth have been generous supporters of Gift of Sight since 2004 and have attended many of our events. We send our sincere commiserations to Elizabeth and her family at this very sad time.
Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka
Has a paper published relating to similarities between age-related macular degeneration and Alzheimers disease.
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Professor Andrew Lotery, Research director of Gift of Sight Appeal, receives prestigous NIHR Senior Investigator Award.
The National Institute for Health Research has awarded Professor Andrew Lotery, Research Director of Gift of Sight Appeal, a NIHR Senior Investigator Award. Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research. This results in several hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra research support to University Hospital Southampton where Professor Lotery undertakes his clinical research.
Over two hundred NIHR Senior Investigators have been appointed through annual competitions, informed by the advice of an international expert panel and further rounds of the competition are held to maintain numbers at this level. The Senior Investigator Directory, updated on 1 April each year, provides details of these individuals.
Senior Investigators attract additional NIHR Research Capability Funding to the main NHS organisation with which they hold a contract of employment or an honorary contract. They also :
•provide research leadership to the NIHR Faculty, promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care
•help in planning and speaking at events
•will host visiting fellows and mentor Trainees
•constitute a network of experts, able to provide advice to the Department of Health's Director General for Research and Development.
Professor Lotery said “This award is testament to the great clinical trial research we undertake in Southampton to improve vision outcomes for patients with diseases such as macular degeneration.
This work would not be possible without the added support of the Gift of Sight Appeal and therefore shows the value of the appeal. The award will help develop our clinical research programmes in Southampton further.”
Patients who attend Southampton Eye Unit are drawn from the whole of Hampshire and community support is very much appreciated.
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