Meet your researchers

Jane Farrar Prof. Jane Farrar

Fighting Blindness and Prof Farrar have a long history of collaboration. This project is part of the Target 5000 program and is examining the DNA of people effected by inherited retinal diseases on the Island of Ireland to try and find a genetic cause for their conditions.

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Matt Campbell Prof. Matthew Campbell

Professor Matt Campbell is leading EYE-D, a €3.2 million research project focused on identifying the underlying causes of some of the most common forms of blindness under the SFI Strategic Partnership Programme.

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Prof Oliver Blacque Prof. Oliver Blacque

This project is co-funded by Fighting Blindness and the Health Research Board under the HRCI-HRB co-funding scheme. Through this study Prof. Blacque and his team at UCD are working on IRDs and specifically the Retinal Dystrophy in Ciliopathies.

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Headshot of Joanne O Dwyer Dr. Joanne O’Dwyer

Following a competitive application process, we awarded an Emerging Researcher Award in 2022, to Dr Joanne O’Dwyer (NUI Galway) for her project ‘A novel formulation for removal of macular oedema.’ The award amount was €10,000.

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Ms Giuliana Silvestri Prof. Julie Silvestri

Professor Julie Silvestri is leading a Fighting Blindness project that aims to identify and genotype patients with inherited retinal disease in Northern Ireland. This is a Target 5000 project.

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Prof. Breandán Kennedy Prof. Breandán Kennedy

In 2021, Professor Kennedy was awarded a grant to continue research on zebrafish models of Inherited Retinal Disease (IRD), this work had previously been funded in part by Fighting Blindness.

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Dr. Sarah Doyle Dr. Sarah Doyle

Professor Sarah Doyle is based at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. This project explores the mechanisms relating to retinal degeneration in some of the leading causes of sight loss, AMD and RP.

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Frans Cremers Prof. Frans Cremers

Professor Cremers is leading a Fighting Blindness and HRB joint-funded project exploring macular disease-associated genes and risk factors.

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researcher in a lab IRC Enterprise Partnership Scheme Scholars

We are delighted to be an enterprise partner on three IRC Enterprise Partnership Scheme Awards. Two scholars are based at UCD and one at SETU.

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An image of SETU ORBITAL members. There are 6 people standing facing the camera. ORBITAL

ORBITAL is an innovative EU funded programme that will recruit and train early stage researchers (PhD students) in the area of drug delivery.

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Image of a laboratory with scientists working Previous Research Projects

Learn more in this section about the previous research projects that Fighting Blindness has funded.

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