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Eyes to the Right!

9 March 2015

Eminent cataract researcher to join Life Peer at Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch 

Professor John Forrester, an eminent researcher, based at the School of Medical Science at the  University of Aberdeen, will be joining former Scottish Conservative party leader and life peer, Baroness Goldie of Bishopton at a fundraising lunch for children’s charity, Action Medical Research on Friday 20 March 2015 at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen. Professor Forrester will be giving a vote of thanks as well as touching on the research project he’s involved with, funded by Action Medical Research, to help children with cataracts.

Cataracts are most common in older people, but around 200 babies are born with cataracts each year in the UK and they can develop burred or misty vision, or even go blind. Surgery can restore children’s vision if done soon enough, but its effects aren’t perfect. The team taking part in this 3 year study is investigating whether a revolutionary new approach to surgery might give children better eyesight than is currently possible – a benefit that would have far-reaching implications for children and their families, as well as increasing understanding of age-related cataracts and how they may be prevented.

This is the 18th year that the Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch has been running with many women attending year-on-year, as they enjoy a drinks reception and two course lunch whilst raising money to fund vital research into a range of Action Medical Research projects that help sick and disabled babies and children.

Baroness Goldie is an experienced orator with a dry sense of humour and she’s not averse to poking fun whilst recounting the many extraordinary moments in a life filled by her passions and politics. Everyone is already looking forward to welcoming her to the lunch in the hope of getting to know her better.  Professor John Forrester became Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Aberdeen in 2011 and has been supporting the Ladies’ lunches for a couple of years.

Community Fundraising Manager Janet Balcombe said, “With research projects taking place in centres of medical excellence all over the UK we’re so lucky to have one of these very projects here in Aberdeen. Taking advantage of this, we’re thrilled that Professor Forrester has agreed to attend and let us have a little insight into his important work. In return, I know he’s delighted to be asked back to do the ‘vote of thanks’ again and say a personal thank you to all those who have been instrumental in pulling together what will undoubtedly be a very special day.”  

For those who wish to help us raise further funds for projects like Professor Forrester’s, there is a raffle and a star-prize draw with the opportunity of winning a week for six people in a luxury apartment donated by Boath Stables. 

For more information on the Cataract project that Action Medical Research is currently funding see http://www.action.org.uk/our-research/cataracts-could-new-approach-surge... For more information on the event and tickets (priced £36) please contact Janet Balcombe Tel: 01505 864334 E: janet@action.org.uk


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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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