Fighting Blindness Appoints New Chairman

We are delighted to announce that Professor Brendan Buckley has been appointed as the new Chairman of Fighting Blindness.

A consultant endocrinologist with over 30 years medical experience, Prof Buckley also has extensive experience in clinical trials and has chaired several independent Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for medium to large cardio-metabolic and rare disease clinical studies.

“I have always been inspired by Fighting Blindness because of its sharp focus on facilitating only research that is world class and relevant to finding cures. Our important role in counselling and in advocacy is growing as we enter an era in which effective treatments for sight loss are becoming a reality for some. There are challenges ahead but we are confident that we can face them well with our members supporting us as always,” said Prof Buckley.

Brendan recently retired from being Chief Medical Officer of ICON plc, an Irish clinincal research organisation which is one of the largest in the world. He is Honorary Clinical Professor at UCC and Adjunct Professor at UCD. He was director of UCC’s European Centre for Clinical Trials in Rare Diseases. He was a board member of the Irish Medicines Board (now HPRA) and a member of European Medical Agency (EMA)’s Scientific Advisory Group for Diabetes and Endocrinology. He was also a member of the EMA Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products from 2000-2003 and a member of the EMA’s panel of experts. Professor Buckley also served as chairman of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Irish Sports Council.

Commenting on the appointment, Kevin Whelan, Fighting Blindness CEO said: “We are extremely grateful for the time Prof Buckley is committing to give, the leadership he will demonstrate, the knowledge he will share and the opportunities that this will provide for the organisation.”

Prof Buckley has had a long relationship with Fighting Blindness and has served on our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board since 2011. He has been a trusted advisor and mentor to members of our board and senior executive for many years and has been a champion of our mission and our goals.

‘With his substantial front line experience in clinical, research and regulatory environments, Prof Buckley will provide additional experience and expertise to Fighting Blindness, complementing a strong group of existing directors and executive team. His passion and support for the research goals of Fighting Blindness has been evident for many years and I look forward to working with him as we face both the challenges and exciting opportunities of the future,’ said Dr Laura Brady, Fighting Blindness Research Manager.

Prof Buckley’s vast experience in clinical trials and all aspects of the regulatory process will ensure that Fighting Blindness remains in the strongest of positions to be able to advance our goals to develop treatments and cures for conditions that cause sight loss, to support people who are affected by those conditions, and to advocate with and for them to ensure that we are doing all we can to anticipate the challenges that will arise as the science translates from laboratories to clinics.

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About Fighting Blindness:
Fighting Blindness is an Irish patient-led charity with a vision to cure, support and empower, they fund world-leading research into treatments and cures for blindness, while caring for people and families through counselling and peer to peer support services. Through education and advocacy they work tirelessly to empower the 246,773 people in Ireland living with blindness or vision impairment.  Please call 01 6789 004 or visit for more information