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A Seahorse bioanalyser will give us new insight into a wide range of eye conditions. But we need your help to make it a reality.

There are around 260 million light-sensing cells in your eyes. Every one of them plays a critical role in enabling you to see. And every one of them is powered by thousands of tiny batteries’ called mitochondria.

To test treatments and therapies for sight loss, researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology need to be able to study mitochondria. And to study mitochondria, they need a piece of equipment called a Seahorse. 

The behaviour of mitochondria is a key factor in almost every eye condition – from age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma to many of the rarer genetic disorders. That’s why so many of these incredible researchers need access to a Seahorse in order to progress their work. 

We need your help. By helping to fund this vital piece of equipment, you’ll be helping them take their research to a whole new level – and bringing us a step closer to ending sight loss for everyone.

In our group meetings, the Seahorse was the piece of equipment that just about every specialist in the room said they needed most.

Dr Emily Eden, lecturer, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

There are only a handful of Seahorse bioanalysers in the country, mostly in biochemistry and cancer labs. But they’re in huge demand, so researchers have to join the queue every time they want to access one. That means constant delays to our vital sight-saving research. 

Without a Seahorse at the institute, hugely important research into major eye conditions is being delayed and hampered. Your donation will help us to purchase a Seahorse to support our researchers and their work.

A Seahorse costs £159,000. It’s a lot of money. But if we invest in the equipment now, it could lead to breakthroughs which benefit patients at Moorfields and all over the world.