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Applications sought for John Lee Primer Fellowship research grant

Fight for Sight and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists jointly offer the £60,000 research funding

19 Sep 2019 by Emily McCormick

Applications are now open for the John Lee Primer Fellowship which offers up to £60,000 to early career ophthalmologists to undertake vision-related research.

Offered jointly by Fight for Sight and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the fellowship was established to enable successful applicants to complete a PhD while also providing them with experience in a research environment.

Research applications should seek to better understand how eye conditions and diseases develop, how they can be prevented, how they can be detected earlier or how treatment can be improved.

Speaking about the benefit of the fellowship, head of research at Fight for Sight, Dr Rubina Ahmed, said: “By investing in the early-stage research careers of ophthalmologists, we hope to develop and strengthen their skills and enable them to continue their research alongside their clinical careers, to ultimately achieve outcomes that benefit patients.”

A previous recipient of the John Lee Primer Fellowship, Dr Darren Ting’s research findings have led to further funding for work that aims to identify a possible new antimicrobial treatment for eye infections. Speaking about what the early-stage funding meant to him, Dr Ting said: “Before I was awarded this funding, I had to carry out my research on an ad hoc basis around my clinical work, which can be tiring and less focused. My Fellowship Award allowed dedicated time at the bench to really develop my research project and target bigger questions.”

Applications are now open for this year’s fellowship, with shortlisted applicants to be invited to interview as part of the appointment process.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 7 November. For more information and to apply, visit the Fight for Sight website.

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