The blog of the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease

If you’re interested in how people and animals move, see, eat and age, and what we can do when things go wrong, then this blog is for you.

This is a behind the scenes look at the latest research and activities from the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease. We’d love to hear your questions and comments.


Tackling blindness in Malawi

Posted on: 16 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Dr Nankwenya shows young nurses how to treat a diabetic patient

Staff from Eye & Vision Science recently visited the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme in Blantyre, Malawi, one of five Wellcome Major Overseas Programmes. This first post on their visit examines the dramatic rise of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in Malawi and the programme’s efforts to tackle the problem.


Launch of the ONWARD Network

Posted on: 2 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Logo featuring an eye and the word 'ONWARD'

The National Institute for Health Research (the research arm of the NHS) Ophthalmology Speciality Group has given its approval to support a national strategy, in collaboration with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, for supporting Trainee Research Networks. In the Liverpool region, Dr Neeru Vallabh (Glaucoma Research Fellow) will be leading.


At the European Conference of Machine Learning, Macedonia

Posted on: 27 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Evening shot of a bridge over a river

Machine learning can be applied to medical images for enhanced medical diagnosis. The complex challenge of high-level analysis creates a necessity to improve machine learning theory itself. The Centre for Research in Image Analysis (CRiA) team at IACD used the problem of fundus image diagnosis to devise a theoretical solution to large image analysis. As a PhD student presenting at my first conference outside the UK I will briefly talk about my experience at the recent ECML conference and about the work I presented.


A Cool TEDx Talk on Cryonics

Posted on: 6 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Photo of Joao Pedro Magalhaes talking at TEDx

Giving talks, both to science audiences and to the general public, is part of any academic’s life. Indeed, in my nine-year academic career I have given over 100 talks. But some talks are harder than others. In most talks about my work I reuse large chunks from previous talks, making it more of a process of optimization and evolution. My recent TEDx talk, however, was completely different.


Grow your own cornea

Posted on: 4 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Dr Rebecca Lace & Dr Kyle Doherty of Department of Eye & Vision Science on a research trip to Sydney, Australia

This week is Organ Donation Week (4-10th September), when the British public is encouraged to register to donate tissue after their deaths. However, organ donation may soon not be the only way to replace lost tissue.


Research to develop an innovative new contact lens given the go ahead

Posted on: 4 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

An eye wearing a contact lens

Work on an innovative product to treat and prevent corneal infections will begin shortly at Eye & Vision Science, thanks to funding from the Medical Research Council’s Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme.


International Cat Day!

Posted on: 4 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A montage of around 40 cats

The 8th of August is International Cat Day and we are happy to celebrate it. Cats are now overtaking dogs as being the UK’s most popular pet. For a long time cats have been the poor relations of dogs with regards to research into their health and wellbeing, but this is now changing.


Preventing blindness in Malaysia

Posted on: 4 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Kedah in north Malaysia - The state is a major rice growing area (you can see paddy fields in this photo)

You may have seen the BBC article, based on a Lancet Global Health paper, which suggests that global cases of blindness and sight loss will rise from 36 million to 115 million by 2050 if treatment is not improved. The paper also highlights that some of the highest rates of blindness and vision impairment are in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.


The Sunscreen Challenge

Posted on: 21 July 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A boy next to his UV filtered photograph showing where he has applied sunscreen

From The Telegraph and Time to Holly & Philip, recently the media has been ablaze with coverage* of a sunscreen application study, aka The Sunscreen Challenge, conducted by institute staff.


Help us fight glaucoma

Posted on: 21 July 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Diagram showing how glaucoma puts pressure on the optic nerve causing blindness

Glaucoma is the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness. It is estimated that there are 64 million people with glaucoma worldwide (600,000 in the UK alone), with half of cases undetected. Eye & Vision Science, together with St Paul’s Eye Unit, is heavily involved in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, and now we are looking for volunteers to test our latest initiative.


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    Tackling blindness in Malawi

    Posted on: 16 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

    Dr Nankwenya shows young nurses how to treat a diabetic patient

    Staff from Eye & Vision Science recently visited the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme in Blantyre, Malawi, one of five Wellcome Major Overseas Programmes. This first post on their visit examines the dramatic rise of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in Malawi and the programme’s efforts to tackle the problem.


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