Ophthalmology Research Group aim for greater impact

07 January 2017

Left-right: Sarah Graves (Research Nurse), Tim Matthews (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Sue Southworth (Research Nurse), Alastair Denniston (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Susan Mollan (Consultant Ophthalmologist).

Left-right: Sarah Graves (Research Nurse), Tim Matthews (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Sue Southworth (Research Nurse), Alastair Denniston (Consultant Ophthalmologist), Susan Mollan (Consultant Ophthalmologist).

After a very successful 2016, the Ophthalmology Research Group at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) is now looking to make an even greater impact this year.

The group celebrated a landmark last year, when they were among those recognised by the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Hospitals Birmingham (QEHB) Chief Nurse Award.

Introduced by Executive Chief Nurse, Philip Norman, the award recognises innovative, patient-focused research that will generate direct benefits for patients and their treatment and experience.

The prize includes a share of a £4,000 award to promote research ideas ‘from the ground up’ and is the latest success for the Ophthalmology Research Group since it was founded four years ago.

Consultant Ophthalmologist Alastair Denniston said: “Sight impairment affects more than two million people in the UK, with over 300 000 people having significant visual impairment.

“When we launched the Research Group, we knew we had the right people with the right skills, who could work together to make the breakthroughs that will save people’s sight.

“We are really excited by the success we have had in such a short period of time and were honoured to be among the beneficiaries of the QEHB Chief Nurse Award in recognition of our work.

“The team are doing world-class work across many different areas of eye disease including glaucoma, diabetes, cataract and macular degeneration.

“Since our launch we have published more than 100 research papers, and been awarded over £2.5 million in grants to continue this work.

“This means that patients at UHB benefit from some of the most advanced eye-care equipment available anywhere in the world.

“We want to make this exceptional level of care the standard, and help people to realise that research benefits everybody.”