Our Biomedical Research Centre is dedicated to vision research. After a five-year term starting in 2007, we received a new NIHR award in 2012 for another five years to support our strategy founded on six methodological research themes for research into the major common vision problems (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma) as well as rare eye diseases. We continue to prioritise areas where there is unmet patient need and where we have an outstanding track record of translational achievement and expertise at an international level.
We have built infrastructure around these themes, growing strategic partnerships and collaborations and building capacity to support and consolidate all the links of the translational bridge. As a result, new treatment techniques and practices that improve patient health are being brought through to clinical and surgical practice as quickly as possible, thereby benefiting patients, as well as the NHS, universities and the UK as a whole.