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College Funds New Reasearch into ARMD

College of Optometrists funds new research into Age-related Macular Degeneration

August 2012

The College of Optometrists has awarded two new Research Fellowship Awards.  One of the Research Fellowships awarded by the College will provide £30,000 funding for a cutting-edge research project into Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The project, run by Matthew Cufflin, lecturer at Bradford University and member of the university’s Visual Optics Research Group, will develop the use of advanced retinal imaging to improve the understanding of how AMD develops.

Matthew said: “This award will help us to significantly develop retinal imaging capabilities by allowing us to capture high resolution images.  This will help to develop new treatments for dry age-related macular degeneration and, in future studies, other retinal diseases. This study aims to learn more about the pattern of geographic atrophy progression, providing an understanding of the changes that occur throughout the condition at a time when novel treatments are being developed. I feel honoured and pleased to be chosen as one of the recipients of the College of Optometrists 2012 Research Fellowship Awards.”

The College of Optometrists has awarded the second Research Fellowship Award to Graeme Kennedy, a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Graeme’s research project aims to enhance the understanding of shape processing, and the effect that Glaucoma and Macular Disease have on this.

Mike Bowen, Director of Research at the College, commented: “As a College we are committed to supporting the development of optometry research. We were impressed by the calibre of all the applications and I’m confident that the research the College is funding will not only help improve the science and evidence within optometry but also lead to improvements in treatments for patients in future.”

The annual Research Fellowships Awards, introduced in 2008, are designed to provide support for post-doctoral researchers to consolidate their research skills and help their transition from post-doctoral research trainee to proven independent investigator.

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