The Robert Gordon University has recently been awarded a grant of over £100,000 to continue its research into eye gels.
The funding is provided by leading children’s medical research charity, Sparks, and will allow the 6 strong team, led by Professor Don Cairns, to build on their recent research. Their hope is to develop a gel containing Cysteamine that will have a longer lasting effect than the current liquid form of the treatment. Such a gel would need to be applied much less frequently than the liquid (which is administered up to 15 times a day in some cases) as it does not drain from the eyes so quickly, and hence could greatly improve quality of life for those with Cystinosis.
In the past, the Robert Gordon University has also received funding for research and equipment from the Cystinosis Foundation Ireland and the Cystinosis Foundation UK.