Born without eyes: understanding the genes that switch on human eye development

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Born without eyes

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


For over 16 years, Professor Nicky Ragge has been researching the codes buried in our genes that control the development of one of our most extraordinary, complex and important organs: the eye.

First as a Consultant eye surgeon, and now as a Consultant clinical geneticist, Nicky has worked with many families who had babies born with missing or very small eyes and developed a national research program.

She continues to treat families and patients as part of a national eye genetics service, and to collaborate with scientists around the globe, to develop world-leading research in her lab at Oxford Brookes. Over the next few years, it is likely that the dream of developing treatments that can replace the function of missing or malfunctioning genes will be realised. As Nicky will explore in her lecture, this may enable therapies to grow the eye or preserve sight - bringing relief to many patients around the world.

About the speaker


After studying undergraduate medicine at King’s College, Cambridge and clinical medicine at New College, Oxford, Nicky initially specialised
in paediatrics before entering ophthalmology. She specialised in medical, and surgical conditions of the eye particularly relating to children. She
then additionally trained in genetics to become a dually accredited ophthalmic and clinical genetics specialist.


Born Without Eyes Sponsor 2    This event is supported by Illumina.