Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have 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.
The joint biomedical research centre (BRC) for ophthalmology, based at Moorfields and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, has been awarded £19 million over five years, starting on 1 April 2017.
This announcement follows an application to the Department of Health earlier this summer, which was assessed by an international selection panel.
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 said:
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.
Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, said:
The UK has so often led the world in health research – from the invention of the smallpox vaccine to the discovery of penicillin and the development of DNA sequencing. Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised medicine. We are supporting the great minds of the NHS to push the frontiers of medical science so that patients in this country continue to benefit from the very latest treatments and the highest standards of care.