Major funding for patient research at Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received a major five year funding award for clinical research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), recognising the world-leading excellence of our clinical research.

Moorfields NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) has been awarded £5.3m over five years, starting on 1 April 2017. 

This announcement follows an application to the Department of Health earlier this summer, which was assessed by an international selection panel.

Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, director of research and development at Moorfields Eye Hospital and director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) said:
“We are delighted to once again have been awarded NIHR Clinical Research Facility funding. This substantial investment in eye research will enable us to continue to fast track innovative research for the benefit of our patients and people with sight loss around the world. With sight loss predicted to double by the year 2050, this vital funding for eye research has never been more important. This award recognises our world-leading excellence in the translation of groundbreaking experimental medicine research into sight saving treatments.”

David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital said: “This award is recognition of the world class research we deliver at Moorfields in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. It will make a tremendous difference to our research programme and will ensure that we can continue to deliver the best possible treatment and care to our patients. I would like to congratulate our staff on achieving this award”.

Partnership for sight
NIHR Clinical Lecturer Mariya Moosajee and her team of researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology are working with patients, in particular those with genetic eye disease, to find a cure to prevent them from losing their vision and going blind. 

Notes to editors

Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw is available for interview on request. Please contact the press office on 020 7566 2628 for further information.

For further information, please contact the Moorfields Eye Hospital Press Office on or call 020 7566 2628. For out of hours enquiries please call 020 7253 3411 who will contact the on call press officer.

  • Today’s announcement relates to a new application round completed during the summer of 2016. Funding announced for this round covers five years starting from 1 April 2017. 
  • The NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility has been awarded a total of £5,315,730 for this period. 

NIHR Clinical Research Facility at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was awarded NIHR funding for experimental medicine in 2012. NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is our facility dedicated for patients with eye disease which enables us to fast track innovative research through to new diagnostic methods and treatments, including clinical trials. This CRF is primarily dedicated to and will support the translation of experimental medicine research into patient care, including new gene, stem cell, and drug therapies and new diagnostic and surgical techniques. Core funding of the CRF was awarded by the NIHR from 2012-17 and renewed with a further award until 2022. The majority of the centre is dedicated to the provision of facilities required for managing patients including activities such as diagnostic testing, visual functional assessment and sample collection. The spectrum of research undertaken can be described as a continuous cycle of basic science, translational, applied and clinical research which provides the evidence for the adoption of new treatments and services to directly benefit patient care.

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Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the world’s leading eye hospitals, providing expertise in clinical care, research and education. We have provided excellence in eye care for more than 200 years and we continue to be at the forefront of new breakthroughs and developments. We are an integral part of one of the UK’s first academic health science centres, UCL Partners, and now we are part of one of the first science health networks. We were one of the first organisations to become an NHS foundation trust in 2004. For further information, please visit


About the NIHR

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website ( 



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