Other funding areas
In addition to the four areas above we also fund research into other eye conditions, like retinoblastoma, keratoconus and nystagmus. We currently invest in 50 projects to research into other areas.
For example, we are funding Professor Lako and researchers at Newcastle University who is using the latest pioneering stem cell techniques to develop a ‘model’ for a childhood eye cancer called retinoblastoma. Researchers believe that their findings will help to better predict those young patients whose sight could be saved as well as increasing the success of eye injections during chemotherapy.Read more about our research
Kalli McAllister had retinoblastoma as a child and now her daughter Autumn is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed at 10 months old during a regular eye test. Kalli and Autumn are supporting our research by donating their stem cells from blood samples.
“Autumn is lucky because her cancer was spotted early. However, there are so many kids and parents in the waiting room whose situation is far worse than ours. We’re supporting this research to develop better treatments and to raise awareness of the symptoms that parents should look out for - if we can help just one other child it will have been a success.”
What is it?
Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer which affects the retina, the light sensitive layer of the eye. This type of cancer mainly affects young children under the age of five.
Retinoblastoma can occur as an inherited and non-inherited condition, which can affect one or both eyes.
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