Why do research?

Franziska Bucher (UCL researcher)

Carrying out ophthalmic research offers the best opportunity to impact, transform and improve eye health for patients of Moorfields and across the globe. 

We are proud to be supporting a world leading and dynamic academic partnership of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Moorfields) and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (UCL). Our aim is to be the leading charity for research into eye health, supporting the pioneering work of Moorfields and UCL to make new discoveries and turn new knowledge into treatments to improve eye health and well being outcomes for patients of Moorfields and around the world.

Moorfields work with the biggest and best names in the business, combining their world leading ideas and brainpower with unparalleled patient access, uniting a global team of leaders, experts, institutions and clinicians all working together with a collaborative approach to drive vision research. We are fortunate to work with the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre and their Clinical Research Facility, details of these partners are below:

  • NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields and UCL aims to be the development site of choice for rapid-track delivery of new diagnostic methods and therapies.

The Biomedical Research Centre is dedicated to vision research. After two consecutive five-year terms starting back in 2007, we successfully received a new NIHR award in 2017 for another five years to support and further develop our research strategy. We 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.

Around our research, we have built infrastructure, we are growing strategic partnerships and collaborations and building capacity to support and consolidate all the links of the translational bridge. As a result, new treatment techniques and practices that improve patient health are being brought through to clinical and surgical practice as quickly as possible, thereby benefiting patients, as well as the NHS, universities and the UK as a whole.

  • NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

Established in 2012 its focus is on the medical care given to patients for the treatment of eye conditions. The unit is known as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Moorfields Clinical Research Facility (CRF), in partnership with UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

CRF's are dedicated, purpose-built facilities with specialist clinical research and support staff where universities and NHS Trusts work together on patient-orientated commercial and non-commercial early translational (experimental medicine) research studies. CRFs are designed to support high-intensity studies.

NIHR funding will meet the necessary recurrent NHS research infrastructure costs and NHS Support Costs for funded early translational (experimental medicine) research that needs to be undertaken in dedicated purpose-built Clinical Research Facilities. Such costs include: 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); and indirect costs within the NHS (e.g. accommodation and payroll).