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Get involved with the Institute today and watch new discoveries unfold. Through our partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we’re driving our research forward and moving closer to achieving that holy grail of personalised medicine.

Now is an exciting time to be researching the human eye. At the Institute of Ophthalmology you can feel that excitement. Within our walls are innovators, discoverers, scientists and clinicians, all clamouring for the answers to some of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time.

Every day we’re driving through new therapies, inventing drugs and striving to make a real difference to patients’ lives. What makes this such a productive place is our special relationship with Moorfields, one of the world’s most prestigious eye hospitals. For our researchers, it opens up so many possibilities.

It gives us the opportunity to gather real-time data from a wide range of patients with an even wider range of conditions. It also allows us to start clinical trials faster and get innovative new therapies to the people who need them the most. This means our researchers get to see real progress in their work and tangible improvements to people’s lives.

Here are some of our stories:

Andrew Dick

Role: Duke Elder Chair & Director of Institute Ophthalmology
Specialty: Immunology and personalised medicine

Andrew explains how exciting it is for students to be surrounded by innovators, discoverers and clinicians - all working together to make a difference.

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Anthony Khawaja

Role: Consultant ophth surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and senior research associate at UCL IOO
Specialty: Glaucoma

Anthony talks about his fascination with the link between people’s DNA code and the likelihood of them developing eye diseases in the future.

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Pearse Keane

Role: Consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and NIHR clinician scientist at UCL IOO.
Specialty: Medical retina and AMD

Pearse discusses his visionary work that explores the potential of technologies like AI and VR to improve sight for patients around the world.

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Julie Daniels

Role: Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapy location at UCL IOO & Moorfields
Specialty: Stem-call research

Julie reveals the pivotal work she and her team are doing with stem cells to help restore vision to children with the rare condition aniridia.

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Mariya Moosajee

Role: Consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and heads up a research team at UCL IOO
Specialty: Genetic eye disease

Mariya talks about her ground-breaking work using zebra fish and stem cells to test whether small molecule drugs can override nonsense mutations.

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Pete Coffey

Role: Professor of Visual Psychophysics at UCL IOO & Moorfields
Specialty: AMD retinal transplantation

Pete talks about his passion for clinical-based research and his incredible work to restore sight by replacing cells at the back of the eye.

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