£100,000 glaucoma research grant opens for applications

The organisations offering the grant are seeking applications for research into improving glaucoma management

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Applications are now open for the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists joint research grant.

Worth £100,000 and offered annually, the grant has been running for almost 20 years and is designed to fund research into glaucoma.

Previously the grant has funded research into stem cell treatments as well as big data in patient risk stratification. Last year’s recipient was Dr Victor Hu from the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for a study titled Detecting glaucoma using a combination of low-cost, portable and easy to use tests.

The organisations have highlighted that currently there are 700,000 people living with glaucoma in the UK and this is set to rise by 22% over the next decade.

Through the grant, the IGA encourages applications for patient-orientated research covering the improvement of glaucoma management.

Speaking about the grant, chair of the IGA, Professor Philip Bloom, said: “The importance of research awards in the field of ophthalmology cannot be overstated. Research has led to improved technology and innovative methods of service delivery that are helping to improve the way we deliver care. We’re proud to have played a role in this, and we’re excited to see what new studies will be proposed in this grants round.”

Applications close on 1 February 2020 and can be submitted on the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ website.

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