MRC & RCOphth John Lee Fellowship
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
2013 Fundraising EventsThere 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.
Ways to Donate
The first MRC/John Lee Fellowship has been awarded to 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 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/full/10.3109/09273972.2010.534028