Scientist Supporting the Fight for Sight at London Marathon

04 April 16

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Heather Fanning

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Going the distance for eye research

London scientist Dr Amanda Carr, 39, will go the distance for the UK’s main eye research charity Fight for Sight, at the Virgin London Marathon, on Sunday 24 April.

Amanda, who works at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, will be joining thousands of runners to take on the gruelling 26.2 mile challenge across London city.

Amanda is interested in finding out why patients go blind using induced pluripotent stem cells. Her work has seen her collaborate with Shin-ichi Ohnuma, on a Fight for Sight funded project, which is investigating the effects of Asporin on eye cell development.

Amanda said: “For the past 10 years I have been a scientific researchers involved directly in ophthalmic research. In my work I have had the opportunity to speak to many patients with various eye diseases, and for these people, basic scientific research may be the only way to increase the understanding of their diseases and identify new treatment areas and ways to prevent blindness. That’s why I was keen to support Fight for Sight, so they can continue to help fund eye research projects.”

By completing the marathon it ticks this off her bucket list of 12 things to do before turning 40, which also includes flying a plane, cycling around the velodrome and hang gliding.

Catherine Woodhead, Director of Fundraising at Fight for Sight, said: "We would like to wish Amanda the best of luck with her training and for choosing to raise awareness and vital funds for Fight for Sight. Good luck with the rest of the challenges too – what a great way to mark her milestone year.”

To support Amanda and Fight for Sight, please visit here or text CARR76 £5 to 70070.