Find out more about current nystagmus research.
Find out more about current nystagmus research.
The Nystagmus Network enjoys a long standing funding partnership with leading UK eye research charity, Fight for Sight. Continue reading “Our partnership with Fight for Sight”
Researchers from the University of Leicester have identified a new way of predicting the future vision of children with infantile nystagmus. The research, published in the journal Ophthalmology has developed a grading system for retinal development in infants and young children with the condition, providing an important tool for ophthalmologists to determine their future vision.
Continue reading “Research news”
The Nystagmus Network hosts and funds an annual UK nystagmus research conference each Autumn. The purpose of the event is to bring clinicians and academics together from the leading nystagmus centres of excellence to share their work, find new opportunities for collaboration and, crucially, make the most of available resources and funding.
Call for the Fight for Sight / Nystagmus Network Project Grants 2019-2020
Fight for Sight and the Nystagmus Network are pleased to offer a joint Project Grant award for up to £250,000 over three years.
Continue reading “Our biggest ever investment in research”
Fight for Sight needs your help as part of a ground-breaking survey into the experience of living with sight loss or an eye condition. By taking part in the survey you will be helping Fight for Sight to put sight loss on the map and help increase the amount of money going into eye research.
The Nystagmus Network is pleased to support the research of Ifigeneia Manitsa BEd, MSc, AFHEA (pictured), a Psychology Researcher at Kingston University London. Her research is about the social and academic inclusion of adolescents with and without visual impairments.Continue reading “Parents of adolescents with nystagmus: research participation opportunity”
Applications are now invited for a PhD Studentship to undertake clinical research to address visual impairment associated with nystagmus, focusing on quality of life or causes (including genetic), diagnostic testing / analysis or treatments.
The award is jointly funded by the Nystagmus Network and Fight for Sight.
An update of our post doctoral award
For those of you eagerly awaiting news, alongside charity trustees, of the outcome of 2019/2020 applications for the new post doctoral research project into nystagmus, jointly funded by the Nystagmus Network and Fight for Sight, we can now share with you the somewhat disappointing news that the project grant will not be awarded this year.
Sadly, although the applications received were strong and very much in line with research priorities laid out by the charity on behalf of the nystagmus community, the expert members of Fight for Sight’s Grant Assessment Panel found that no application met the stringent success criteria required in this very competitive research arena. A post doctoral award is highly prestigious and offered on a fully peer reviewed basis.
For the charity this was initially seen as a setback, but it also serves to highlight our faith in Fight for Sight to carry out due diligence on our behalf and the importance of wise investment in robust research projects which are most likely to yield tangible benefits for those living with nystagmus.
Two new research grants
In consultation with our funding partners, Fight for Sight, the Nystagmus Network has now decided to repurpose the hard won monies already committed to the post doctoral project into funding one post-graduate researcher to address visual impairment associated with nystagmus (a new PhD studentship) and, in addition, to provide a further grant award for a clinical research study focusing on quality of life and one or more of the following: cause (including genetics), diagnostic testing/analysis and treatments.
Funding future research
It is very positive news for the future of research for the Nystagmus Network to be funding PhDs, as it establishes a pipeline of work leading to breakthroughs into treatments for nystagmus.
New time scales
Following a rigorous application process, again overseen by experts at Fight for Sight, we expect to award our PhD nystagmus studentship in March 2021. The additional small grant will be awarded in September/October 2020 or March 2021.
Nystagmus Network Honorary President and chair of the charity’s research subcommittee, Vivien Jones, said:
“Through the new nystagmus PhD studentship we shall be bringing new brain power at a significant level to the nystagmus research table. We are also delighted to be continuing the small grant scheme which is an effective way of supporting research projects.”