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New study reveals 7.2% of people over 50 in the Republic of Ireland have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Scientists in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have, for the first time, described the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the Irish population. The study was carried out by the Macular Research Pigment Group (MPRG) in the Vision Research Centre in WIT as part of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA). The study… Read more »

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State of the art research facilities unveiled at Waterford Indtitute of Technology Vision Research Centre

On Friday last, February 20, Mr Paudie Coffey TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, officially opened two state-of-the-art laboratories at Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) €4 million Vision Research Centre, which houses the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG). The Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) was established in 2002 by Mr Stephen… Read more »

International Rare Disease Day 2015

Fighting Blindness is happy to partner with The European Organisation for Rare Diseases – EURORDIS – and its 667 member organisations globally to celebrate International Rare Disease Day 2015 on Saturday, February 28. This year’s theme is Living with a Rare Disease, recognising the estimated 30 million patients in Europe, as well as their families, friends… Read more »

Mitochondrial Transfer and “three-parent embryos”

Recent reports in the UK and Irish media have focused on a recently proposed change to the genetics laws in the UK to allow mitochondrial replacement. This new technique could provide an option for women with mitochondrial DNA mutations to enable them to give birth to healthy children.  The procedures use donated mitochondrial DNA whilst… Read more »

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Sporting Gala Dinner 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fighting Blindness Sporting Gala Dinner in The Conrad Hotel,Dublin last night!   This is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and we are very grateful to all who came along and supported the event. Once again the evening was a huge success with rugby and… Read more »

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Kells Head Shave Raises €6,235 for Fighting Blindness!

Nell and Johnny Mongey from Kells organised a sponsored head shave in O’Connor’s Bar in Kells on December 23 to raise funds for research into treatments and cures for blindness. Johnny took part in the head shave along with 14 of his friends, including Meath footballer Mickey Newman. Each brave participant raised their own sponsorship… Read more »

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Revolutionary Optogenetics Approach For Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)

A revolutionary optogenetics approach for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) has just been published. In this paper, our  Medical and Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) member Prof John Flannery (pictured above right) and recent Retina Speaker Prof Gustavo Aguirre (pictured above left) demonstrate how they can restore the light response to the blind retina using a photoswitch delivered by… Read more »

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Another Great Year At The Glendalough Trail!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Glendalough Trail 2014, this year’s event was our biggest yet and we are hugely grateful for your support. Three hundred people took part in this year’s event; 210 in the usual 15.5km run and 91 in the 10km run / walk, which was introduced for the… Read more »