First recipients of primer fellowships announced

Fight for Sight announces the names of the researchers who will receive the new awards


Dr Darren Shu Jeng Ting and Dr Marianne Coleman have been named as the recipients of the first Fight for Sight Primer Fellowship Awards.

The fellowships, which were established in partnership with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal Society of Medicine, aim to attract eye health professionals into vision research.

Awarded a grant for one year, Dr Ting, an ophthalmologist specialist registrar from Sunderland Eye Infirmary, will undertake research at the University of Nottingham. The project will explore the development of new treatments for corneal infections.

As a research orthoptist at the University of Surrey, Dr Marianne Coleman’s research will seek to determine whether binocular vision and pupil response testing should be included in dementia-friendly eye testing guidelines.

Speaking about the inaugural fellowships, CEO of Fight for Sight, Michele Acton, said: “We are so pleased to make the awards to such high-calibre applicants. To stop sight loss we need to engage the brightest eye health professionals in research.”

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