MOORFIELDS Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received a funding boost for its vital eye research.

Moorfields NIHR Clinical Research Facility will receive £5.3 million over five years, starting from April 2017, from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, Director of Research and Development at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, said the hospital was delighted to once again have been awarded NIHR Clinical Research Facility funding.

“This substantial investment in eye research will enable us to continue to fast track innovative research for the benefit of our patients and people with sight loss around the world,” he said.

“With sight loss predicted to double by the year 2050, this vital funding for eye research has never been more important. This award recognises our world-leading excellence in the translation of groundbreaking experimental medicine research into sight saving treatments.”

David Probert, Moorfields Eye Hospital Chief Executive, said the award recognised the world class research delivered at Moorfields in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

“It will make a tremendous difference to our research programme and will ensure that we can continue to deliver the best possible treatment and care to our patients,” he said.

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