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Eye Therapy News

Professor Ali honoured for his contribution to research into retinal disease

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:27:36 +0000

              Professor Robin Ali, PhD, Professor of Human Molecular Genetics and Head of the Department of Genetics, UCL Institute of Opthalmology has been awarded the Pioneer Award for his work in proof-of-concept studies that have demonstrated the feasibility of using gene therapy and cell transplantation to treat dysfunction and degeneration of the cells […]

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Achromatopsia might not be as progressive as previously thought

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:17:16 +0000

A recent publication from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and the Medical College of Wisconsin indicates that for the majority of people with achromatopsia, the condition may not be as progressive as previously suggested. Data from this study by Aboshiha et al. demonstrated that for the majority of people with achromatopsia (a […]

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2 Lazy 2 Run? We’re biking it for blood cancer!

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:30:05 +0000

  On Sunday 31 August a group of not so elite athletes from the Gene and Cell Therapy group will be taking part in the London Bikeathon 2014 to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The 2 Lazy 2 Run CC will be cycling 52 miles – that’s more than a marathon, no mean feet […]

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The Art of Eyes

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:23:19 +0000

The eye is an object of great beauty as shown by the Ophthalmologist in their July/August 2014 issue. This month’s issue features a photo essay called The Art of the Eyes and includes examples of the work from a number research labs capturing the complex and beautiful detail of the eye and its cells. The essay includes images […]

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In memoriam

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:02:34 +0000

Dr Yoshiki Sasai (1962 – 2014) It is with great sadness today that we remember and pay tribute to our collaborator Dr Yoshiki Sasai. Yoshiki was a world leading stem cell researcher and Deputy Director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. Through his hard work and dedication over many years, Yoshiki […]

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Prizes and awards

The Gene and Cell Therapy Group is proud to announce the following awards and prizes:

2014:

Claire Hippert was awarded a $1,675 Travel Fellowship and complementary registration from the XVIth International Symposium on Retinal Degenerations (RD2014) - July 13 to 18 in Pacific Grove CA, USA in recognition of her accepted abstract entitled: 

  • Modulation of gliosis using shGFAP and shVimentin to determine its role in photoreceptor transplantation efficiency

Colin Chu was awarded a $1,100 InternationalTravel Grant and complementary registration from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to attend ARVO 2014 - May 4 to 8 in Orlando FL, USA in recognition of his accepted abstract entitled:

  • Peripheral vasculitis, ischemia and vascular leakage in uveitis as evaluated by ultra widefield fluorescein angiography

Jonathan Aboshiha was awarded a $1,100 InternationTravel Grant and complementary registration to attend ARVO 2014 - May 4 to 8 in Orlando FL, USA from the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Moorefields Eye Hospital NHS Trust in recognition of his accepted abstract entitled: 

  • Relative preservation of foveal outer retinal structure in infants with AIPL1 associated Leber's Congenital Amaurosis: implications for gene therapy

2013:

Philipp Herrmann was awarded a £681Travel Award to attend ARVO 2013 - May 5 to 9 in Seattle WA, USA from University College London in recognition of his accepted abstract entitled:

Colin Chu was awarded a £681Travel Award to attend ARVO 2013 - May 5 to 9 in Seattle WA, USA from University College London in recognition of his accepted abstract entitled:

2012:

Ulrich Luhmann was awarded the Retina Suisse Award 2012 in the category “Young Researcher” for the best talk at the Swiss Eye Research Meeting 2012, Bienne, Switzerland

Clemens Lange was awarded the Moorfields Eye Hospital Research Medal and the Edith von Kaula Young Investigator Research Award from the University of Freiburg


James Bainbridge was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship.

Rachael Pearson was awarded the the European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) Young Investigator award.

Ulrich Luhmann was awarded an ISER Travel Fellowship to support his attendance at the XX Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research. He was also awarded a Travel Fellowship to support his attendance at the XVth International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration (RD2012). Both meetings were held in Germany in July 2012.

Daniel Kampik and Clemens Lange were awarded ARVO International Travel Grants of US$1100 to support their visit to Fort Lauderdale for the ARVO 2012 annual conference.

Tassos Georgiadis was elected to the British Society of Gene Therapy board.

Kam Balaggan won the Fould's Trophy for the best Free Paper presentation at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Birmingham 2012.

2011:

Clemens Lange was awarded a travel grant to attend the ARVO 2011 conference by the UCL Graduate School.

Claire Hippert was awarded EUR250, sponsored by Sangamo, for submitting one of the top scoring abstracts for the ESGCT & BSGT 2011 joint meeting.

Scott Robbie, Mark Basche, Amanda Barber and Anastasios Georgiadis were awarded ARVO International Travel Grants of US$1100 to support their visit to Fort Lauderdale for the ARVO 2011 annual conference.

We would like to thank the following organisations for the support awarded during 2011: The Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital, The BBSRC, National Institute for Health Research BMRC for Ophthalmology, Medical Research Council and RP Fighting Blindness.

2010:

Prof. Robin Ali was awarded the ARVO/Pfizer Ophthalmics/Carl Camras Translational Research Award at the ARVO 2010 annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale. 

Clemens Lange received a highly commended award for his work on "Oxygen distribution and molecular mediators in proliferative diabetic retinopathy" at the NIHRBiomedical Research Centre Experimental Medicine Summer School in June 2010. 

Clemens also received a runners-up award for his poster on "Von Hippel-Lindau expression in the retinal pigment epithelium is essential for normal eye development and vascular homeostasis" at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology postgradute poster session and a UCL student conference fund travel award to support his visit to Fort Lauderdale for the ARVO 2010 annual conference.

Our Experimental Eye Research article Pharmacological disruption of the outer limiting membrane leads to increased retinal integration of transplanted photoreceptor precursors, West et al. 2008 was the "Top cited Article 2008-2010”

Ulrich Luhmann was awarded a $1057 RD2010 Young Investigators Award to attend the International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration to be held in Quebec, Canada in July 2010. 

Emma West and Kate Warre Cornish were each awarded an ARVO International Travel Grant of US$1100 to support their visit to Fort Lauderdale for the ARVO 2010 annual conference.

We would like to thank the following organisations for the support awarded during 2010: Special Trustees Moorfields Eye Hospital, Oxford Biomedica, GlaxoSmithKlein, National Institute for Health Research BMRC for Ophthalmology, The BRPS and Fight For Sight

2009:

Livia Carvalho, Anastasios Georgiadis, Ulrich Luhmann, Marija Mihelec and Scott Robbie were each awarded travel grants to attend the ARVO 2009 conference by the UCL Graduate School. Susie Barker was also successful in her application for a Research Project Funds grant. 

Prof. Robin Ali won an Alcon Research Institute Award for his outstanding contribution to advancing eye health.

Mr. James Bainbridge was awarded The Fincham Medal by the The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. This award is given to those who, whilst still in mid-career, are deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of visual science.

Prof. Robin Ali and Mr. James Bainbridge won a Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) Board of Directors Award at the Day of Science Conference for his outstanding achievements.

The European Uveitis Patient Interest Association awarded Peter Trittibach 3rd prize in the field of 'Experimental Uveitis' for his paper Lentiviral-vector mediated expression of murine IL-1 receptor antagonist or IL-10 reduces the severity of endotoxin-induced uveitis. P Trittibach, SE Barker, CA Broderick, M Natkunaraja, Y Duran, SJ Robbie, JWB Bainbridge, G-M Sarra, AD Dick and RR Ali Gene Ther.2008; 15 (22): 1478-88. 

Anastasios Georgiadis won a runner-up prize in the UCL Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2009 Biomedical and Life Sciences category for his poster on AAV-mediated shRNA and miRNA silencing of a photoreceptor gene in vivo.

Prof. Ali was awarded National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator status in recognition of his contribution to research and research leadership. 

Kam Balaggan came 1st runner up for the Allergan Research Fellowship award for the presentation: "Looking Beyond Anti-VEGF Pharmacotherapy: The Genetic Targeting of Aberrant Choroidal Neovascularisation".

We would like to thank the following organisations for the support awarded during 2009: The Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society and The BRPS

2008:

Rachael Pearson was awarded £5000 by Fight for Sight and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The prize is awarded to young ophthalmologists and scientists (under 40) working in the field of ophthalmology in recognition of the completion of a significant piece of research in an area that falls within the remit of the charity.

Mei Hong Tan was runner-up in the oral plenary presentation at the Medical Research Society Academic Meeting 2008 and was also awarded a Pushpa Chopra Travel Award.

Our Stem Cell group won the Poster Prize at the MRC Showcase Meeting in Bristol. 

Rachael Pearson and Ulrich Luhmann were each awarded an ARVO International Travel Grant of US$1000 to support their visit to Fort Lauderdale for the 2008 annual conference.

We would like to thank the following organisations for the support awarded during 2008: The Medical Research Council, European Union and National Institute for Health Research BMRC for Ophthalmology

2007:

Prof. Robin Ali was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Kam Balaggan was the winner of the Moorfield's Research Medal (Arthur Stelle Medal) 2007.

Prateek Buch was awarded a UCL Graduate School Travel award (£250) to support his attendance at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in November 2007

We would like to thank the following organisations for the support awarded during 2007: The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society, Fighting Blindness Ireland, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The BBSRC and The BRPS.

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