Major funding boost for eye research at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have received a major funding boost for eye research from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), which has today announced the allocation of £800 million of government funding to biomedical research centres and units across the UK.
The joint biomedical research centre (BRC) for ophthalmology, based at Moorfields and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, has been awarded £26.5 million over five years, starting on 1 April 2012.
This sum is significantly higher than was anticipated and followed an application to the Department of Health earlier this summer, which was assessed by an international selection panel.
“We are delighted to have been awarded NIHR biomedical research centre designation,” say Moorfields’ director of research and development and director of the BRC Professor Peng Tee Khaw and director of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Professor Phil Luthert.
“We know from experience that eye research can really change lives and this substantial investment will allow us rapidly to develop and deliver more life-changing treatments for our patients.”
“Research sits at the heart of what Moorfields is all about, and will become ever more important as the population ages and eye disease becomes more prevalent,” adds Moorfields’ chief executive John Pelly. “This generous NIHR support is vital acknowledgement of the difference we can make to people’s lives and will help us to ensure that Moorfields remains where it should be – at the forefront of developments in eye care.”