Touching Lives - March 2011
Finding out why children are born blind
A doctor working with blind and partially sighted babies at Great Ormond Street Hospital is determined to tackle childhood blindness. Action Medical Research awarded her a fellowship – with help from a generous legacy – for a two-year study.
Dr Lily Islam is using the Walkinshaw Research Training Fellowship to search for genetic changes that can cause blindness. Scientists have already identified some but there are likely to be many more. She is focusing on defects that affect the front of the eye, which lead to blindness from birth.