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ARVO Attendees 2024

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) holds an annual meeting in which vision scientists at all stages of their careers are invited to share their latest research. We have awarded a travel grant to five researchers in order to aid them in attending the event, which this year takes place in Seattle, Washington, and presenting their research.

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03 May 2024

Announcing 2023/24’s Zakarian Award-Winners

Each year the Zakarian Awards are announced, whereby Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) award early-stage ophthalmologists the means to conduct research to further cures and treatments for sight loss. This year a total of £73,394 has been awarded to three individuals to gather pilot data, learn research skills and explore their potential as vision researchers. Below we explore who they are and what they’ll be working on.

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22 April 2024

Announcing 2023/24’s PhD Studentships

Each year we award grants to support supervisors and their students, as they lead to a PhD qualification and ideally, an exciting career in vision research. This year we have awarded £412,900 to three supervisors at University of Manchester, St George’s, University of London and Northumbria University, to build capacity in vision research.

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22 April 2024

Volunteer to cheer on our London Marathon Runners

Would you like to cheer for our runners at the London Marathon? We are very excited to get together at the marathon this year especially and will be supporting runners across Fight for Sight and Vision Foundation.

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18 March 2024

Revamp of UK-wide research tool could transform care of rare eye conditions

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29 February 2024

Five ways we’re funding research into rare eye conditions: Rare Disease Day

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28 February 2024

Running toward a brighter future: Tommy Salisbury

Tommy Salisbury is the inspiration behind the Family Fund set up by his Mum, Emma when Tommy was just five years old. Tommy is now 23 and the Fund is celebrating raising over £700,000 on behalf of Fight For Sight and shows no sign of slowing down. Nor does Tommy, who is about to embark on his second London Landmarks Half Marathon and his second London Marathon – all continuing to raise funds for potentially sight-saving research.

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21 February 2024

How Siegfried Wagner is using AI to unlock the connection between eye health and general health

While it’s often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, we’ve known for years that they provide much more than a mere glimpse into our emotional state. The eyes are, in fact, crucial gateways to discovering diseases lurking dormant within our body. For scientists at the vanguard of this work, like Dr Siegfried Wagner, that window is only going to get bigger. We spoke to him about the trajectory of his career and his enthusiasm for ‘oculomics’, the study of the association between changes in the eye and changes to overall health.

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14 February 2024

How to access Research Funding- experiences from the inside track

What’s it like applying for funding from an NGO such as Fight For Sight / Vision Foundation? Below we’ll introduce you to five people who know exactly what it’s like and they hope their experiences can help other researchers secure career-changing funding too.

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31 January 2024

Our own Finance and HR Assistant takes on London Marathon 2024

This year we’ve got a whopping 37 people running the London marathon for us, and in doing so raising funds and awareness to save sight and change lives. Excitingly, one of those runners will be our very own Jessica Norfolk, who works as our Finance and HR Assistant.  We caught up with Jess to find out about how she’s feeling about taking part in this iconic event.

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26 January 2024