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Join us for an inspirational evening of talks on pioneering eye research presented by scientists and people living with sight loss. Science, medicine and technology are rapidly coming together to bring us closer to preventing, treating and ultimately reversing sight loss. The pace of change has never been so exciting or so rapid. Fight for Sight is the leading UK charity funding research into preventing sight loss and treating eye disease.
Blindness, Bacteria, and the Bubonic Plague
Dr Simon J. Clark (MRC Career Development Fellow, University of Manchester)
Genetics is intrinsically linked with disease risk. This is particularly evident in the most common form of blindness in the developed world, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Clark spends his time studying the regulation of a persons’ innate immune system and specialises in ocular immunity. He will describe how common mutations in your genes alter your immune system, how this drives AMD pathology leading to vision loss, and reveal a surprising link to the Black Death.
Diabetes: My Story
Kevin Bradley (Manager of the Leeds Merchant pub)
Kevin has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 20 years. In 2014, he was told the devastating news that he would be blind within the year. In the years since, Kevin’s sight has deteriorated and improved over different periods. Despite this, Kevin remains an avid swimmer, and manages the Leeds Merchant pub. Come along to hear how he views the world.