UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

Here you will find information about Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Two people sitting down at the Patient Day Cornea Connect event

Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) is about building meaningful partnerships between researchers, patients and the public in order to shape health research.

By carrying out a range of different engagement activities, the Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) hopes to foster new relationships with patients and the local community, leading to a better understanding of how to meet the needs of patients, as well as spreading the word about the IoO's cutting-edge research.


Here are some examples of engagement activities at the IoO:

  • We organise condition-specific events for patients and their families at the Institute of Ophthalmology, such as Cornea Connect
  • We take interactive activities linked to eye research out into the community, such as this science festival held by St Bart's and Queen Mary.
  • We collaborate with patient groups and charities to put on events, activities and workshops, such as this Choroideremia Research Foundation regional family day
  • If you are a patient or community group and are interested in working with us on an activity, or would like to find out more about PPIE at the Institute, please email iooppie@ucl.ac.uk

The Institute of Ophthalmology is supported by the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) PPIE team.

There is a wealth of information on their website regarding involvement and the ways patients and the public can shape the research carried out across the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including the Moorfields BRC Research Community.

Information, toolkits and opportunities for staff and students

If you work or study at the IoO, you can find out more about our monthly PPIE meet-ups, join the PPIE mailing list and see a list of funding opportunities on the PPIE intranet page: