Gift of Sight benefits hugely from the generosity of people like you and we take every measure to spend your money wisely, on areas of research that will generate direct impact for patients. We also use this philanthropic money to leverage other research grants where large organisations look for us to match their grant. We could not do our work without your support. Every pound you are able to give helps take us one step closer to finding better treatments for the very many of us, young and old, threatened by the loss of their sight.
Gift of Sight is currently funding:
One senior research fellow who joined us from another academic institution. His interest is in inherited retinal degenerative diseases.
Two postdoctoral fellows with Project titles of 'The role of Amyloid Beta protein in age-related macular degeneration' and 'Re-booting RPE lysosomes as a novel treatment for retinal degeneration'.
Two laboratory research technicians who also have their own projects.
We also help with part funding some positions but this would lead to a lengthy list. Our researchers and technicians are asked to contribute to our regular Gift of Sight Newsletters to keep us updated with the progress of their studies.
A generous legacy donation from Mrs M H Nicholas funded our first research orthoptist in 2014 and the team in Southampton has grown considerably since that time. Daniel Osborne, one of the paediatric research orthoptists in Southampton Eye Unit has received a 2019 HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship. This will enable him to apply for a PhD studentship in two years time. Dan says that he has been encouraged by an active research team to consider a career in research. He also won our first Gift of Sight Clinical award which helped support his application for this fellowship. A fabulous result!
'Our purchases' .
Kowa nonmyd 7 Fundus Camera
Supporting our clinical trials team. This new camera provideds high quality retinal imaging and will be used for images of patient's eyes in the clinical trials unit.
N'site Heidelberg Software : Purchased for the clinicians at Southampton Eye Unit.
This equipment enhances the diagnosis of optic neuropathies for patients and Dr Helena Lee says:
'I thought you would like to know that the new Heidelberg Nsite software that was purcahased by GOS was installed today and it is already making a big difference in the investigation and management of the neuro-ophthalmic patients. As it happens our big monthly combined neuro-ophthalmology clinic was running this am and we used the software on nearly all of the patients. It was so useful that the neurology team want to switch over to using the Heidelberg scanner.
Plusoptix Auto Refractor
Purchased for children's eye research. This equipment reduces clinic viisit times for children from over 90 minutes ato 20/30 minutes. A win-win for the children and for orthoptists who can fit in more patients and take less of their time, whilst collecting data which will help in clinic and with research.
Liebherr GG5210740 lockable freezer
DNA samples need to be kept at -80ºC in a lockable freezer. Our laboratory technicians have an amazingly well documented system to keeping these samples which are anonymised in accordance with ethical requirements.