Opening the doors on the science behind the eyes at Moorfields

There’s a chance for the public to find out more about the science and research that lies behind eye treatments at a free open day at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical research facility based at Moorfields Eye Hospital on Monday May 20. 

From 9.30-12.30pm, the clinical research facility is throwing open its doors to celebrate international clinical trials day.  A packed programme of events aimed at both adults and children, particularly those who are interested in science and innovation, has been arranged by staff. 

Events at the open day include: 

  • Pioneering research -   several investigative scientists will showcase ground breaking research they’ve undertaken
  • Altered perspectives - a session which gives people the chance to discover how it feels to perform normal day to day tasks when you have a disability
  • A glimpse inside your eye - explores the structure of your own eye using our demonstrations of our state of the art imaging equipment 

There will also be an the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops demonstrating clinical skills and discussing the importance of eyes and vision research. 

For further information or to register your interest in this free event, please email – or you can simply come along on the day. The NIHR clinical research facility is on the second floor of Moorfields main hospital at 162 City Road, London, EC1V 2PD. 

Notes to editors

Moorfields 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 were one of the first NHS organisations to achieve foundation trust status in 2004.

We treat the entire range of eye diseases, from common complaints to rare conditions which require treatments not available anywhere else in the UK. We dealt with more than 475,000 patient visits in 2011/12 at our main hospital base in London’s City Road and at 19 other sites in and around the capital, enabling us to provide expert care closer to patients’ homes.

With our research partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we run one of the largest ophthalmic research programmes in the world and have the highest measure of scientific productivity and impact in the world for our research activity.

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