Science of Sight
Tuesday 8th August 2017
About the event
An exhibition was launched on 8th August 2017 at the Science Museum, London. The exhibition ‘Science of Sight’, part of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live series, was visited by thousands of people each day!
Dr Mariya Moosajee, a Clinician-Scientist and Consultant Ophthalmologist, showcased examples of pioneering science such as growing an eye in a petri dish and a model eye and brain. Furthermore, artwork from the BlindArt Collection at Moorfields Eye Hospital was displayed at this three-day event. Exhibits included scent and sound boxes and tactile blood cells. Scientists, patients and artists joined Dr Moosajee to demonstrate that art is accessible for those with visual impairments and how science can explain why.
Dr Moosajee and her team educated visitors by sharing her own research and discoveries in sight and genetic conditions of the eye. Children and adults interacted and learnt from this innovative exhibition.
(Credit: Optometry Today)
Dr Mariya Moosajee
Dr Mariya Moosajee
Dr Mariya Moosajee is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Genetic Eye Disease at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She leads a research group at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and her specialist interest is understanding the molecular basis of eye development and genetic eye disease, using relevant disease models, human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived retinal cells and medical bioinformatics. Through dissecting the molecular and cellular pathways of disease, Dr Moosajee and her team have identified therapeutic targets and developed treatment strategies, including nonsense suppression therapy, which is applicable to a wide range of inherited eye disorders.
The video below was created by Dr Moosajee and her research team specifically for the exhibition and highlights the different stages of growing retina cells in a petri dish:
The Science of Sight event was well-received by the media. Many publications, outlets and patient groups wrote about the event as well as Dr Moosajee's work in their literature.
Science of Sight was covered across social media platforms, with highlights shown below and in the forthcoming summary. Tweets from @MoorfieldsBRC achieved:
- 16.7K impressions throughout the event
- 60 link clicks
- 19 re-tweets and 31 likes