Workshop on application of innovative chemistry and biomaterials to treat corneas at Hyderabad

The University of Sheffield, UK and L V Prasad Eye Institute, India are jointly organising a four-day workshop from April 20 – 23, 2017 in Hyderabad to discuss innovative scientific solutions for treating damaged corneas, a part of the eye essential for sight.

This workshop on “Application of innovative chemistry and biomaterials to treat corneas damaged by trauma, disease and infection” is part of the Newton-Bhabha Researcher Links programme, aimed at bringing together UK researchers with their counterparts in India, to exchange ideas and solve global problems.

For the second year in a row, the Royal Society of Chemistry, in association with the British Council through Newton Fund, are investing INR 2.5 crores, to deliver nine Newton Researcher Links workshops, to provide Indian and UK researchers with the opportunity to learn from each other and build long-lasting, sustainable research collaborations.

As many as 10 million people in India suffer from blindness – many of these due to problems with the cornea. A healthy cornea is transparent, but infection, trauma or inherited disorders can cause damage, leading to partial or total loss of sight. Bacterial and fungal infections can also damage the cornea, leading to corneal ulceration and often …

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