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Gene and Cell Therapy Group UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Gene and stem cell therapies for severe sight loss

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UCL is a leading teaching and research university consistently ranked in the UK top-5 and the world top-10. Located in London its excellence extends across the disciplines, from biomedicine to fine art and impacts people across the globe.

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Thanks for visiting our JustGiving page, where your donation willcontribute to our research into geneand stem cell therapies for severe sight loss.

The Gene and Cell Therapy Groupat the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have been at the forefront of gene andcell therapy research for over 15 years. Our research focuses onimproving understanding of a number of retinal diseases and the development ofnew strategies and techniques to tackle retinal degeneration. You canfind out more on our website.

In the last few years our work has lead to the development of a number of clinical trial programmes. We are currently engaged in the worlds first gene therapy trial for childhood blindness caused by a condition called Leber Congenital Amaurosis and we are also conducting Europe's first phase I safety trial to assess whether stem cells could be used to repair macular damage in people with Stargardt disease. 

Your generous donation will help us in our goal to expand the range of retinal diseases that can currently be treated andto bring more novel gene and cell therapies to the clinic in the future.

  • Just £5  would allow us to buy primers that we can use to analyse DNA
  • Between £10 - £500  would allow us to buy laboratory reagents
  • Between £500 - £1000  can be put towards small pieces of day-to-day research equipment such as pipettes and centrifuges
  • Donations of £1000 or more  can help us invest in new research as well as upgraded our current research facilities 

However, large or small, your donation will go a long way towards helping us fulfil these goals.

Should you wish to discussyour donation, or set up regular monthly payments to support our work, please email or call 0207 608 7982.

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  • Retinal cells grown from stem cells