Category Archives: Research

PAX6 and the Cornea: An Eye to the Future

One of the speakers at this year’s conference was Thanos Papadimitropoulos from University of Liverpool. He told us about his team’s research, funded by Fight for Sight, into a potential new therapy that may one day be able to slow down or … Continue reading

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Our first grant for UK research into aniridia

We are thrilled to announce a grant for research into aniridia! Aniridia Network UK has partnered with charity Fight For Sight to each contribute half the money to a £15,000 grant. The money is only available to UK academic or medical institutions. Get more … Continue reading

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Skin in the game – participation in aniridia research

Sarah tells how her skin sample is helping research into aniridia, and yours can too. Having a rare eye condition can seem like a disadvantage a lot of the time, but there are times when you get an exciting opportunity to … Continue reading

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Drug company donates £1,000 to ANUK

A global biopharmaceutical company has provided a donation to ANUK for which we are extremely grateful. PTC Therapeutics is the company that discovered and is developing ataluren for the treatment of disorders due to a genetic nonsense mutation. Approximately 20% of patients … Continue reading

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Assist research by joining a patient registry

It’s now easier than ever to assist research into aniridia and similar conditions. A patient registry has been set up and we encourage any of you with (with children who have) the following conditions to add your/their details to it. … Continue reading

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Beth’s experience of research into development of sighted babies of visually impaired parents

Beth, who has aniridia, and her sighted son Edward are taking part in research into his development. Researchers want to know how having a visually impaired care giver affects babies. Beth says she can “highly recommend taking part” so we recorded … Continue reading

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Young people with aniridia needed for sleep research

Scientists want adolescents and young adults to take part in a study to learn more about how an aniridia-related gene affects sleep. Are you the kind of person they are recruiting? aged 10 to 20 years old with aniridia medically stable … Continue reading

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Emerging molecular therapies for aniridia presentation

Session at Aniridia Network UK Conference 2014 By: Professor Colin E. Willoughby The first part of this talk introduced the genetics of aniridia and in particular, the underlying molecular mechanisms, as this will form the basis to understand the developments in … Continue reading

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Cornea Connect brings researchers and patients together

Researchers into aniridic keratopathy held a event so they could meet people affected by the condition so they could learn about each other. Corneal opacification affects people with aniridia because of deficiencies in the eye’s limbal stem cells. The Cells … Continue reading

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Charter for improvements in rare disease drug evaluation launched

77 patient groups, including Aniridia Network UK are calling for improvements in rare disease drug evaluation in a ground breaking new report. This is the first time so many patient groups have come together to set out a united case for change. Today Genetic … Continue reading

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