Last week St Paul’s eye unit and the Department of Eye and Vision Science at the University of Liverpool hosted a dinner at Liverpool town hall to promote the St Paul’s Eye Appeal. This appeal supports a number of research projects that don’t fit into the common funding mechanisms. i.e. the appeals fills the gap between the research supported by the big research councils and the clinical services supported by the NHS.
In practical terms it makes a massive difference to our department; allowing for strategic investment in people, projects and equipment to push forward new research ideas and get them into the clinic.
It was a great night with a fantastic locally sourced food,
wine and gin and really good company. Lots of valuable connections were made and hopefully this will translate into investments into eye research in Liverpool.
The dinner was hosted by Lady Grantchester and amongst the other notable dignitaries was Stephanie Slater MBE, the paralympic athlete who recently had a corneal transplant at St Paul’s. Not my usual company (!) but a really interesting experience for all involved.
Here are a few photos from the night and select ones involving some of the EVS team below.