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The Target 5000 team brings together clinicians, scientists, ophthalmologists in training, a genetic counsellor, a clinical geneticist, imaging technicians, genealogists, research nurses and support staff.

There are three clinical sites as part of Target 5000, two in Dublin and one in Belfast. Prof David Keegan at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) is the coordinating clinical lead and working closely with Dr Paul Kenna Royal at the Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin and Ms Giuliana Silvestri at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

The research arm is led by Prof Jane Farrar at Trinity College Dublin and includes research groups in Dublin and Radbound University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

The Clinical Genetics Team is based at MMUH and includes Ms Jackie Turner as Genetic Counsellor and Dr James O’Byrne, the clinical geneticist.

Target 5000 Clinical Fellows (ophthalmologists in training) are Dr Niamh Wynne at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Research Foundation and Dr Julia Zhu at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin.


Projects funded under the Target 5000 Programme

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Application of next generation sequencing for the genetic characterisation of Irish retinal degeneration patients
Prof Jane Farrar, Trinity College Dublin

Characterising the IRD population in Northern Ireland through an an all-Ireland retinal degenerations partnership
Ms Giuliana Silvestri, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

Shedding light on unexplained inherited retinal diseases in Ireland and the Netherlands
Prof Frans Cremers, Radbound University, the Netherlands and Prof Jane Farrar, Trinity College Dublin

Clinical Genetics Programme for Inherited Retinal Degenerations

Target 5000 Clinical Fellowships

IRD COUNTS – The impact of living with an inherited retinal degeneration