MRC & RCOphth John Lee Fellowship


John Lee


The eighth President of the College, Mr John Lee, died during his presidency, which was an enormous loss. The College intends to commemorate his outstanding contribution to the ophthalmic profession by creating a named Research Fellowship jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the College. This is a particularly apt memorial for he was a strong advocate of academic medicine. 








2014 Fundraising Events

We are now busy raising further funds so that the Fellowship can be awarded a second time and are delighted to confirm the return of the John Lee Quiz Night on Friday 5 September 2014 at 7pm at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  Details for the event can be found in the flyer, alternatively please download a booking form.

2013 Fundraising Events

There were a number of events in 2013 that have contributed funds. In June, Francis Pugh kindly led a guided walk around London than raised c£450, there was a wonderful concert in October for the harpsichord and violin that raised c£1,500 – made all the more special as John’s niece, Anna Sideris, also sang.
After the Admissions Ceremony in September we had the inaugural John Lee Quiz which was brilliantly organised by Emily Beet, Head of Examinations Department at the College. We are grateful to the Moorfields Surgeon Association which generously settled the catering bill, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that made the venue available without charge. With Mr Brian Little as the auctioneer and Mr Bill Newman the quizmaster, the evening raised c £11,600.

Ways to Donate

If you would like to make a contribution to this fund you may do so in one of the following ways:

By downloading a Gift Aid Form

By making a donation through our JustGiving page


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The first MRC/John Lee Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Peter Morgan-Warren.

Dr Peter Morgan-Warren

Research Update – July 2013

The research funded by the Fellowship is studying cellular and molecular signalling mechanisms that can be manipulated to promote the survival and regeneration of optic nerve cells after injury. Using cutting edge laboratory techniques, we are developing a deeper understanding of why neurons in the optic nerve degenerate after injury, and have identified some candidate molecules that can be targeted as a therapeutic strategy to reverse this process. We have shown that it is possible to prevent optic neurons from degenerating after an injury, and even promote some nerve regrowth. Our experiments are continuing to investigate how further improvements can be made in order to develop an optimised treatment. It is very exciting that we are making progress and our research could potentially be translated to the clinic to offer hope to patients who have lost vision due to optic nerve injury.

Dr Peter Morgan-Warren
MRC/RCOphth John Lee Fellow &
MD Student Neurotrauma & Neurodegeneration
University of Birmingham

John's Obituary from College News can be downloaded.  Mr Richard Harrad has written an obituary for the journal Strabismus which can be viewed at