Fulbright Fight for Sight Research Award

Fight for Sight is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the fourth Fulbright Fight for Sight Research Award.

This award in partnership with the Fulbright Commission will support pioneering research into the prevention of sight loss and the treatment of eye disease at any accredited US institution chosen by the awardee.

The first award under this scheme was awarded to Dr Daniel Lipinski, a previously funded Fight for Sight PhD student at the University of Oxford. Dr Lipinski is currently spending his Fulbright year in Professor Bill Hauswirth's laboratory at the University of Florida on the development of a viral vector to efficiently deliver genes to cone photoreceptors.

Dr Tiarnan Keenan, the holder of the second award is currently completing his Fight for Sight-funded Clinical Fellowship at the University of Manchester. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will be working with Dr Greg Hageman at the University of Utah and using his unique repository of over 12,000 human eyes to discover new treatment targets for age-related macular degeneration.

The third Fulbright Fight for Sight Research Award was awarded to Dr Hari Jayaram from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. With his award, Dr Hari Jayaram will be studying the behaviour of molecules known as microRNAs in glaucoma in the laboratory of Dr John Morrisson at the Casey Eye Institute in Oregon. These play important roles in both normal eye function and disease; however, their role in glaucoma is currently unknown.

The fourth award for £75,000 is offered for a period of 12 months beginning in the academic year 2014/15. Application forms are available from the Fulbright Commission.

The application process for this call opens on 15 August 2014, and applications are due on 31 October 2014.

For further details please contact Dr Dolores Conroy, Director of Research at Fight for Sight on 020 7264 3902 or email dolores@fightforsight.org.uk

Dr Mandeep Sagoo, a Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Barts and the London NHS Trust, received the Fulbright Award in 2005 enabling him to spend a year working at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia specialising in the management of eye cancer in adults and children.

He said of the experience: "Since the early stages of my career I have been interested in working in ocular oncology. Receiving the Fulbright Award provided an invaluable opportunity to work alongside prominent researchers in my field and to collaborate with research centres around the world."