Moorfields ophthalmologist to host exhibition at Science Museum

Science of Sight will explore research and discoveries in sight and genetic eye conditions

Dr Mariya Moosajee

Moorfields consultant ophthalmologist, Dr Mariya Moosajee, will share research discoveries with children and adults at London’s Science Museum in August through demonstrations such as how to grow an eye in a petri dish.

As well as presentations from the genetic eye disease (GED) specialist, the Science of Sight exhibition will display sensory pieces of art from the BlindArt collection at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Dr Moosajee explained to OT that visitors will be encouraged to touch, smell and listen to the exhibits to demonstrate that art can be created and enjoyed by people with vision impairments.

“It’s exciting that we are able to access so many people of all ages and showcase some of our innovation and research,” she said.

“We want to highlight that learning about the science of the eye and some of the conditions that affect it is accessible to everyone whether you have full sight or not. That extends into art as well, and I have an especially keen interest in ensuring that it can be enjoyed by everyone. We will be showing the science behind that too,” Dr Moosajee added.

The Moorfields GED specialist will be joined by a team of scientists, researchers, artists and patients at the three-day event, which will feature demonstrations, talks and science exhibits such as a model eye and brain, scent and sound boxes, and tactile blood cells.

Speakers include: Marcus Inniss, who has usher syndrome and is partially deaf and blind; Annie Fennimore, a blind artist; Suki Chan, a film maker; and Alexandra Contil-Lacoste, a senses artist.

The exhibition, which is part of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live series, takes place from 8–10 August at the Science Museum in London. It is supported by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.