Research strategy

We are one of the few sight loss charities that actively fund and support research into macular disease. Since 1987 we have invested more than £5.1 million to fund 73 different research projects, thanks to the generous donations of our members and supporters. 

Each year researchers are able to apply to the Macular Society for funding for projects aimed at improving the treatment or quality of life of patients with macular disease. Our Research Committee review all of the grant applications and score these against a standard set of criteria. Their recommendations are presented to the Board of Trustees who make a final decision. Our Research Strategy sets out more about the goals of our research programme. 

The Macular Society has been awarded an Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Best Practice in Medical and Health Research certificate. Peer review is an accepted means of assessing the quality of research, and the AMRC believes that it is the best way for medical research charities to decide what research to fund. The Macular Society uses peer review to award grants so that the decision making is independent and transparent. The validity of peer review is based on certain principles: for example, that there are no conflicts of interest, and that the expert scientific review is high quality, independent and unbiased. The audit confirms that the Macular Society use robust methods to make decisions about which research projects to fund and that we support the best researchers and the highest quality research.

As a member of the AMRC, the Macular Society supports the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. We also support research in universities.

We provide information on all the projects we fund on our website and through our members magazine Sideview. 

To continue to be able to fund this vital research we run appeals to our members and supporters, asking for donations specifically for our research fund. We also receive grants from trusts, gifts in wills and donations in memory.

Macular Society Research Committee Membership

Professor James Bainbridge, CHAIR
Professor of Retinal Studies at University College London and
Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital

Stephen Stacey, Macular Society Trustee and lay member

Bill Best, Macular Society Trustee and lay member

Professor Tom Margrain
Cardiff Centre for Vision Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University

Professor Luminita Paraoan
Eye and Vision Science, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool

Dr Imre Lengyel
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science, Queen's University Belfast

Professor Alexander Foss
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Tariq Aslam
Professor of Ophthalmology and Interface Technologies, University of Manchester
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Dr Michael Crossland
Specialist Optometrist & Hon Senior Research Associate,
University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust