Moorfields consultant chosen for top charity award

Professor Sobha Sivaprasad, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields, has been named ‘Rising Star of the Year’ by the Macular Society. Sobha was nominated for her commitment and dedication in researching potential new treatments into diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. She will receive the top award at this year’s Macular Society Awards for Excellence.

Sobha said: “It was a bit of a shock when I heard that I’d won – I’ve been nominated as part of a team before, but never for one of the individual prizes, so I’m absolutely delighted to have been chosen.

“It’s very exciting to be able to research and find potential new treatments which could make a real difference to peoples’ lives. I’d like to thank all of my funders, as they make all my work possible. I could not carry out any of the research I undertake without them and I’m tremendously grateful for their ongoing support.”

Sobha has successfully undertaken a wide range of groundbreaking research into diabetic eye conditions. She has received more than £10million in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grants, as well as funding from the Macular Society, to support her work at Moorfields and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: “The work Professor Sivaprasad undertakes is truly pioneering and it’s only right that her efforts should be rewarded in this way. On behalf of everyone at the Macular Society, I’d like to add our thanks and congratulate her on this excellent achievement.”

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