We are one of the few sight loss charities that actively fund and support research into macular disease. Since 1990 we have invested more than £3.8 million to fund 62 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 management 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 provide information on all the projects we fund through our regular publications, including our members magazine Sideview and our annual scientific research publications Digest and Spotlight.
To continue to be able to fund this vital research we run an annual appeal 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.