Read the latest news from our vision science laboratories and related clinical matters.
Congratulation to Eloise Keeling (Ellie) on the publication of her work in PubMed . A great piece of work and well done from us all.
A recent press release which can be viewed here gives details of a clinical trial which will be taking place in Southampton in due course.
Stargardt’s disease, also known as Stargardt‘s macular dystrophy, affects the area of the retina called the macula and causes a reduction in central vision.
It is the most common form of juvenile macular degeneration and affects around one in 10,000 children who suffer a gradual decline in vision which leads to blindness in adulthood. The press release gives full details.
The study has been funded by the European Union. However there are still many additional steps to be taken before the study begins. These steps include completion of the study protocol and obtaining ethics approval. To ensure the best possible outcome from the study all of these steps take time and therefore the project is unlikely to start until the end of 2018 or possibly in 2019, once the protocol has been finalised on who might be eligible for the study.
If you would like to register your interest in this project please email Catrin.Watkins@uhs.nhs.uk
Albinism and Age-related macular degeneration
Mr Jay Self (Consultant Ophthalmologist) and members of the vision research team are interested in discovering why, to their knowledge, Albinism and Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have never been seen in the same patient, although AMD affects 1/3 of people over the age of 75.
Also the retina loses function in older animals with Albinism but, apparently, not in humans.
If anyone reading this post is aged over 60 and has Albinism, please contact Jay by email at J.E.Self@soton.ac.uk . If you know anyone who meets this criteria please do share our message with them and ask them to make contact with Jay. Thank you.
Professor Andrew Lotery - press release 19 April 2017
Congratulations to Professor Andrew Lotery and everyone in the clinical research teams
on being selected as runners up for 'research team of the year' by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Heroes Awards.
Professor Lotery also won the 'Clinical impact through research' award for delivering a research study which has led to a change in clinical practice locally. 27.03.17.
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