Our research

Fight for Sight funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease in adults and children. Each year, we provide a range of funding opportunities for research teams based in the UK who are attached to recognised academic or medical institutions. You can read summaries of our research projects below.


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Can we repair ‘misfolding’ proteins in a common type of retinitis pigmentosa?

Looking for substances that can make the light-detecting pigment rhodopsin more stable.

October 14 - September 18
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How do faults in the RPGR gene cause X-linked retinitis pigmentosa?

Laying the groundwork for developing a cure for severe inherited blindness using gene editing technology

January 17 - January 18
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Planning a gene therapy clinical trial for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa

At the leading edge of gene replacement therapy for inherited eye disorders.

October 15 - September 18
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Making a vital component of gene therapy for retinitis pigmentosa that can be used in clinical trials

Improving on a treatment that works well in animals with a natural form of severe sight loss

October 13 - September 16
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Investigating the unexpected role of transport motors inside light-detector cells

A new line of research that could lead to developing treatment for inherited retinal disorders

October 16 - September 19
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Developing a safe 'designer drug' to correct the genetic faults behind inherited eye disorders

A clever approach to treatment that could potentially restore sight

December 13 - December 16
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How does scarring in the retina affect the chances of successful cell replacement therapy?

A look at the differences between inherited eye disorders

October 15 - December 17
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Using virtual reality to test new treatments in real world situations

A pilot study to improve clinical trials for people with severe sight loss.

March 16 - September 17
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The RP Genome Project

Top genetics research institutes working together.

September 14 - August 18
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How do connections in the retina re-wire after damage to the light-sensors?

Laying the groundwork for successful stem cell transplants.

November 15 - September 16
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