Fight for Sight enters partnership for AMD research

The UK eye research charity has joined forces with the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland

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A leading UK eye research charity has partnered with the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) in Scotland to support research into age-related eye diseases in the country.

Through the Fight for Sight partnership, funding of £200,000 has been made available for a Scottish-led biomedical research project into age-related eye diseases.   

As a result, applications are currently open for projects that investigate conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataract.

The application process will be run by Fight for Sight. All applications for the joint award should be from lead applicants with tenured posts at recognised Scottish universities, NHS hospitals or research institutes.

Collaborative applications from within Scotland are also welcome, the charity confirmed, although the grant will be with the lead applicant's institution. The research should also be of clinical importance relevant to the Scottish population and be broadly translational, showing a clear pathway to patient benefit.

Director of research at Fight for Sight, Dr Dolores Conroy, said: “We're confident that Scottish-led research funded through this partnership with the CSO will contribute to a better understanding of age related eye diseases that will lead to new treatments for patients.”

Senior research manager at CSO, Dr Alan McNair, added: “CSO is delighted to partner with Fight for Sight in this exciting research funding initiative. Age-related eye diseases can severely impact patients and those close to them. Research is essential if we are to develop effective new treatments for these conditions.”

Applications close on 2 November. For more information, visit Fight for Sight’s website.