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12 August 2014

IGA Announces Research Awards 2015

12 August 2014

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) announces the availability of £200,000 for critical research into glaucoma. The research grants will be awarded to a range of professionals dedicated to glaucoma research and the management and care of patients with glaucoma.

Those benefiting from research grants will include:

  1. IGA/Royal College of Ophthalmologists joint award = £75,000  (closing date 30 January 2015)
  2. IGA/UK and Eire Glaucoma Society joint award = £75,000 (closing date 22 September 2014)
  3. IGA/College of Optometrists joint award = £25,000 (closing date, 1 May 2015)
  4. IGA/Royal College of Nursing joint award = £25,000 (closing date 27 February 2015)

Commenting on the research awards programme, CEO Russell Young said:

“Since IGA was first formed in 1974, research has been integral to our work. We are committed to supporting the many professionals who work tirelessly to investigate, manage and care for people with glaucoma. It is this work that enables us to provide accurate, evidence-based support and information and to advance the understanding of glaucoma and future therapies that could become available”.

Successful research projects for 2014 have included: research into self tonometry and its accuracy against the clinical standard; nurses knowledge of glaucoma in care home settings; the validation of the Patient reported Outcome and Experience Measure (POEM) to transform the doctor/patient relationship; evaluation of the glaucoma passport and its effectiveness in enhancing patients’ self-care; the identification of novel genetic variants for primary open angle glaucoma; and looking at the  neuroprotection of human retinal ganglion cells by platelet derived growth factor and human stem cells in order to develop long term treatments for severe glaucoma progressing despite conventional eye pressure lowering treatment.

Applications and full details of the awards can be found at For more information please contact Richenda Kew on 01233 64 81 64 or email: To interview an IGA spokesperson, please contact: Karen Brewer, Head of Marketing & PR on 01223 64 81 69 or email: