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Published: 17 April 2018

Fight for Sight announces recipients of first ever Primer Fellowship Awards

Fight for Sight has announced the first recipients of its Primer Fellowship Awards.

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In its mission to stop sight loss, Fight for Sight wants to attract outstanding trainee eye health professionals to undertake vision research. The Primer Fellowship Awards have been established in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The Royal Society of Medicine and provide funding for individuals to undertake research for one year.

The first recipients are:

Dr Darren Shu Jeng Ting, an ophthalmologist specialist registrar from Sunderland Eye Infirmary 

Dr Ting has been awarded the Fight for Sight / John Lee, Royal College of Ophthalmologists Primer Fellowship Award to undertake research at the University of Nottingham. He is seeking to develop new treatments for corneal infections. Given growing concerns about antibiotic resistance, his research will focus on the development of novel human-derived hybrid antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) which have shown promise as potential therapeutic agents.

Dr Marianne Coleman, a research orthoptist at the University of Surrey

Dr Coleman has been awarded the Fight for Sight / The Royal Society of Medicine Primer Fellowship Award to undertake research at the University of Surrey. Her research will help determine whether binocular vision and pupil response testing should be included in dementia-friendly eye-testing guidelines. More accurate diagnosis of visual problems could significantly improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

Michele Acton, CEO of Fight for Sight, said: “We are so pleased to make the awards to such high-calibre applicants. To stop sight loss we need to engage the brightest eye health professionals in research. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with both The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The Royal Society of Medicine.”

Professor Paul Bishop, Chair of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Academic Sub-Committee, said: “Primer Fellowship Awards are an exciting new development providing a new route for ophthalmology trainees to enter into an academic career track. We are delighted that the first round has been a success and would like to encourage trainees to consider applying for these awards in the future”.

Mr Christopher Bentley, President of the Ophthalmology Section at The Royal Society of Medicine, said: “'The RSM is one of the country's major providers of postgraduate medical education. I am delighted that the Ophthalmology Section is able to support a young vision scientist through our exciting new collaboration with Fight for Sight.”

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