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Moorfields Eye Hospital gains major funding for patient research

Awarded by the National Institute for Health Research

18 November 2016

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received a major five year funding award for clinical research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), recognising the world-leading excellence of our clinical research.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) has been awarded £5.3m 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.

Moorfields Private Consultant Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, who is also the director of research and development at Moorfields Eye Hospital and director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) said:

“We are delighted to once again have been awarded NIHR Clinical Research Facility funding. This substantial investment in eye research will enable us to continue to fast track innovative research for the benefit of our patients and people with sight loss around the world. 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 the translation of groundbreaking experimental medicine research into sight saving treatments.”

David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital said:

“This award is recognition of the world class research we deliver at Moorfields in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. It will make a tremendous difference to our research programme and will ensure that we can continue to deliver the best possible treatment and care to our patients. I would like to congratulate our staff on achieving this award”.

Partnership for sight

NIHR Clinical Lecturer Mariya Mossajee and her team of researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology are working with patients, in particular those with genetic eye disease, to find a cure to prevent them from losing their vision and going blind.

For further information about the clinical research facility
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Please contact press.office@moorfields.nhs.uk or call 020 7566 2628.

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