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Doing eye research offers the best opportunity to transform the lives of patients at Moorfields and people with sight loss across the globe. Our aim is to be the leading charity for research into eye health.

Moorfields work with the biggest and best names in the business, combining world-leading brainpower and resources with unparalleled patient access. 

Our network unites a global team of leaders, experts, institutions and clinicians, allowing them to work together to drive vision research.

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

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We are proud to support a revolutionary academic partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (UCL).

Their pioneering work aims to uncover and transform new knowledge into treatments that will improve eye health and well-being for patients all over the world.

It also allows them to deliver unrivalled eye education from world-leading experts, including a range of programmes and short courses, as well as a Bioscience Entrepreneurship MSc aimed at life science graduates looking to learn about the business of biotech.

NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

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The NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre is a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. The centre is funded by the Department of Health through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The Centre is dedicated to vision research and focuses on developing new diagnostic methods and treatments for eye diseases, improving the way we treat eye conditions.

They continue to prioritise areas where there is unmet patient need and where we have an outstanding track record of translational achievement and expertise at an international level.

After two consecutive five-year terms in 2007, the BRC received another NIHR award in 2017 to support and further develop our research strategy for five more years.

NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

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In 2012, the Research and Treatment Centre at Moorfields was awarded NIHR funding for a Clinical Research Facility (CRF) for experimental medicines. The unit is now known as the NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility, in partnership with University College London Institute of Ophthalmology.

Clinical Research Facilities (CRF’s) are dedicated, purpose-built facilities with specialist clinical research and support staff. Generally, CRFs are designed to support high-intensity research studies.

The NIHR’s Moorfields CRF focuses on the medical care given to patients for the treatment of eye conditions, including diagnostic testing, functional assessment, counselling, and tissue or blood donation.

The NIHR provides funding to support the experimental medicine research that needs to take place within dedicated, purpose-built CRF’s, like the one at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

This funding helps to provide:

  • research infrastructure staff (such as clinical and managerial leadership, data managers, and technical staff);
  • NHS support costs (e.g. clinical research nurses, pharmacy, pathology, radiology)
  • recurrent costs (e.g. consumables and travel);

By uniting these teams aim to remain the world’s most successful Hospital-University partnership in ophthalmology and to be the development site of choice for rapid-track delivery of new diagnostic methods and therapies.

As a result, they are making sure that new treatment practices to improve patient health are being brought through to practice as quickly as possible.

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