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Macular Pigment Research Group

The mission of the Macular Pigment Research Group is to study the role of nutrition for optimising visual function and  prevention of blindness, cognitive function and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) is based in Carriganore House, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland. This unique research facility offers state-of-the-art vision testing laboratories and infrastructure. In addition, we have a high quality biochemical laboratory, which allows us to conduct clinical trials to the highest possible standard.

The focus of our research concerns naturally occurring plant pigments known as carotenoids. Carotenoids play important roles throughout the body, but three particular carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) are found at the back of the eye (the macula) where they are collectively known as macular pigment.

Projects

CREST

The Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST) is funded by the European Research Council, and comprises two different trials: CREST Normal and CREST AMD. CREST aims to assess the impact of enriched macular pigment with all three macular carotenoids - lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) - on visual performance and blindness. Of note, this is the first study to test the effects of supplementation with all three macular carotenoids, including MZ, in the context of a sufficiently powered, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Trial 1: CREST Normal (Recruitment has ended for this trial)

We are looking for volunteers for CREST Normal. This study is investigating ways in which enrichment of macular pigment with the macular carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) impact on the visual performance and experience of normal subjects. We aim to recruit 120 subjects in each group. The MPRG investigator affiliated with this trial is PhD student Jessica Dennison.

The following people are suitable to volunteer for CREST Normal:

  • People over the age of 18

  • People with no eye conditions (spectacles and contact lens-wearers can volunteer)

  • People who are not currently taking eye-related dietary supplements (i.e. those containing lutein, zeaxanthin and/or meso-zeaxanthin)

People with diabetes or who have had laser eye surgery are not suitable for this study.

Please call Niamh Owens on 051 302810 or email niamh@ivr.ie


Trial 2: CREST AMD (Recruitment has ended for this trial)

Recruitment for CREST AMD has ended. This study is investigating ways in which enrichment of macular pigment with the macular carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) impacts on the visual performance and experience of subjects with early stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The MPRG investigator affiliated with this trial is PhD student Kwadwo Akuffo.

All participants on the CREST AMD study will be guaranteed to receive a supplement containing one of two different formulations of the macular carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin, as well as a multivitamin. This follows the National Eye Institute standard of care guidelines for patients with AMD.

The following people are suitable to volunteer for CREST AMD:

  • People over the age of 18

  • People who have been diagnosed with early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in one eye

  • People who are not currently taking eye-dietary supplements (i.e. those containing lutein, zeaxanthin and/or meso-zeaxanthin)

People with diabetes are not suitable for this study.

Please call Laura Corcoran on 051 845505 or email info@mprg.ie

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Grúpa Taighde Lí Macúil

An sprioc atá ag an Grúpa Taighde Lí Macúl ná chun staideár a dhéanamh ar an ról atá ag cothú chun feidhmiú amharc a bharrfheabhsaigh agus daille a sheachaint, feidhm cognaíoch agus galar Alzheimer a sheachaint.

Tá an Grúpa Taighde Lí Macúl lonnaithe i Tigh Carraiganore, Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge, Port Láirge, Éire. Chuireann an fóntas taighde uathúil seo tástáil radharc saotharlanna agus bonneagar atá faoi staid na teicníochta ar fáil. Chomh maith leis sin, tá saotharlann bithcheimiceach againn anseo, agus tugann sé deis dúinn trialacha cliniciúil a iompair chuig an chaighdeán is airde.

Tá ár taighde dírithe ar líonna plandaí a tharlaíonn go nádúrtha. Glaotar caratéanóideacha ar na líonna sin.. Tá ról tábhachtach ag na caratéinóideacha i gcorp an dhuine, ach tá trí caratéinóideacha ar leith (lutein, zeaxanthin agus méisea-zeaxanthin) a fhaightear ag cúl na súile (an macúl), in áit ina aithnítear iad mar lí macúil.

Faigheann an Trialacha Forlíonú Saibhriú Reitinach Láir (TFSRL) mhaoinithe tríd an Comhairle Taighde Eorpach, agus tá dhá trialacha éagsúla i gceist leis: Gnáth TFSRL agus MMA TFSRL. An sprioc atá ag TFSRL ná chun tionchar de lí macúil saibhrithe ar cruthú radharc agus daille a mheas le gach ceann do na trí caratéanóideacha – lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), agus méisea-zeaxanthin (MZ). Is é seo an chéad imscrúdú a rinne tástáil  ar na tionchar do forlíonú le gach ceann do na trí caratéanóideacha macúil, MZ san áireamh, i gcomhthéacs de go leor cumhacht, dall dúbailte, randamaithe, triail cliniciúil ina bhfuil rialaithe ag placebo.

Triail 1: Gnáth TFSRL (Níl níos mó earcú ar fail don triail seo)

Tá muid ag iarraidh oibrí deonach do Gnáth TFSRL. Tá an triail seo ag imscrúdú slite ina mbíonn tionchar ag saibhriú lí macúil le na caratéanóideacha macúil (lutein, zeaxanthin agus méisea-zeaxanthin) ar cruthú radharc agus ar taithí do gnáth ábhair. Tá muid ag iarraidh 120 n-ábhair a n-earcú i ngach grúpa. An imscrúdaitheoir GTLM atá bainteach leis an triail seo ná dalta PhD Jessica Dennison.

Na dhaoine atá oiriúnach mar oibrithe deonach ná:

Dhaoine thar 18
Dhaoine gan aon ríochtaí súile (is féidir le spéaclaí agus chaitheamhóirí lionsa tadhaill an obair deonach a dhéanamh)
Dhaoine nach bhfuil ag tógáil forlíontaí cothaithe ina bhfuil baintach le súile faoin tráth seo (sin é forlíontaí a chuimsíonn lutein, zeaxanthin agus/nó méisea-zeaxanthin)

Níl dhaoine le diaibéiteas nó dhaoine atá tar éis máinliacht léasar na súile a fháil oiriúnach don triail seo.

Le do thoil, chuir gloach ar Niamh Owens ar 051 302810, nó, chuir ríomhphoist chuig niamh@ivr.ie

Triail 2: MMA TFSRL (Níl níos mó earcú ar fáil don triail seo)

Níl níos mó earcaíocht ar fáil do MMA TFSRL. Tá an triail seo ag imscrúdú slite ina mbíonn tionchar ag saibhriú lí macúil le na caratéanóideacha macúil (lutein, zeaxanthin agus méisea-zeaxanthin) ar cruthú radharc agus ar taithí d’ábhair le céim luath do meathlúchán macúil aoischoibhneasa (MMA). An imscrúdaitheoir GTLM atá bainteach leis an triail seo ná dalta PhD Kwadwo Akuffo.

Beidh gach rannpháirteach ar an triail an MMA TFSRL ráthaithe chun forlíon a chuimsíonn cheann do na dhá foirmlithe do na caratéanóideacha lutein, zeaxanthin, agus meso-zeaxanthin, chomh maith le vitimíní-iolrach a fháil. Leanann sé seo na treorlíntí cúram don Institúid Náisiúnta na Súile a bhaineann le othair le MMA.

Na dhaoine atá oiriúnach mar oibrithe deonach do TFSRL MMA ná:

Dhaoine thar 18
Dhaoine atá tar éis a bheith diagnóisaithe le céim luath do meathlúchán macúil aoischoibhneasa (MMA) i súil amháin
Dhaoine nach bhfuil ag tógáil forlíontaí cothaithe ina bhfuil baintach le súile faoin tráth seo (sin é forlíontaí a chuimsíonn lutein, zeaxanthin agus/nó meso-zeaxanthin)

Níl dhaoine le diaibéiteas oiriúnach don triail seo.

Le do thoil, chuir glaoch ar Laura Corcoran ar 051 845505, nó, chuir ríomhphoist chuig info@mprg.ie


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EXIT

Egg Xanthophyll Interventional Trial (EXIT: Eggs for Eyes)

The objective of EXIT is the development of a macular carotenoid-enriched egg as an innovative supplement for vision and cognitive health.


Update, December 2013:

The EXIT clinical trial has now been completed, and we sincerely thank all volunteers for their time. Data analysis and publications are now underway.


What is the EXIT Study?
The “EXIT” study aims to improve vision using a novel nutrient-enriched hen egg as a healthy alternative to a normal eye supplement.

What was involved?
A healthy egg-based breakfast was specially prepared by the chefs of the Culinary Arts Department in the WIT Tourism & Leisure Building. Each volunteer was invited to enjoy this breakfast five days a week for eight weeks.

Each volunteers was also asked to attend two study visits; one at the beginning and one at the end of the eight week study. These study visits were held at the Vision Research Centre in Carriganore House, WIT West Campus, and measured visual performance, cognitive function and health checks (including blood pressure and cholesterol) using gold-standard specialised techniques.

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MOST

Meso-Zeaxanthin Ocular Supplementation Trials (MOST) is an initial investigation into the efficacy of supplementation with meso-zeaxanthin, the central macular carotenoid, for patients with, or at risk of developing, AMD. These studies are comparing different formulations of macular carotenoid supplements and their impact on macular pigment enrichment, visual performance, and disease progression.

Update, December 2013:

All MOST study visits have now been completed, and we sincerely thank all our volunteers who gave us their time for this study over the last three years. Data analysis and publications are now underway.

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Further Information

  • Prof. John Nolan

    Howard Chair in Human Nutrition, Fulbright Scholar, European Research Council (ERC) Fellow -

    Tel: 51834074 Email: JMNOLAN@wit.ie
  • Prof. Stephen Beatty

    L.R.C.P.I., L.R.C.S.I., M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.(N.U.I.), M.M.Sc., F.R.C.Ophth, E.B.O.D., M.D. - Director

  • Corcoran, Laura

    Ms. Laura Corcoran

    Research Assistant

  • Kelly, David

    Dr. David Kelly

    PhD - Postdoctoral Senior Scientist

  • Prado-Cabrero, Alfonso

    Dr. Alfonso Prado-Cabrero

    Postdoctoral Howard Fellow

  • Power, Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca Power

    Research Techncian

  • Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo

    O.D. - Postgraduate Research Student

  • Moran, Rachel

    Ms. Rachel Moran

    BSc (Honours) - Postgraduate Research Student

  • Ms. Jessica Dennison

    Postgraduate Research Student

  • Saefurahman, Ganjar

    Mr. Ganjar Saefurahman

    PhD Student

  • Herena, Rafael

    Mr. Rafael Herena

    PhD Student

  • Ms. Kate Loskutova

    Visiting Medical Research Student

  • Kirwan, Clare

    Ms. Clare Kirwan

    FAOI - Clinical Optometrist

  • Moejes, Fiona

    Ms. Fiona Moejes

    Visiting PhD Student

  • Macular Pigment Research Group Overview 2012
  • An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD Launches MPRG Vision Research Centre at WIT
  • MPRG Biochemical Laboratory
  • Macular Pigment Research Group, Vision Research Centre
  • Macular pigment and its functions
  • RTE Nationwide (Ireland)- Dr. John Nolan and Prof. Stephen Beatty
  • Part 1 of RTE Nationwide Programme on Macular Pigment Research Group
  • Part 2 of RTE Nationwide Programme on Macular Pigment Research Group

There are no current vacancies at the MPRG at this time.

An sprioc atá ag an Grúpa Taighde Lí Macúl ná chun staideár a dhéanamh ar an ról atá ag cothú chun feidhmiú amharc a bharrfheabhsaigh agus daille a sheachaint, feidhm cognaíoch agus galar Alzheimer a sheachaint.

Tá an Grúpa Taighde Lí Macúl lonnaithe i Tigh Carraiganore, Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge, Port Láirge, Éire. Chuireann an fóntas taighde uathúil seo tástáil radharc saotharlanna agus bonneagar atá faoi staid na teicníochta ar fáil. Chomh maith leis sin, tá saotharlann bithcheimiceach againn anseo, agus tugann sé deis dúinn trialacha cliniciúil a iompair chuig an chaighdeán is airde.

Tá ár taighde dírithe ar líonna plandaí a tharlaíonn go nádúrtha. Glaotar caratéanóideacha ar na líonna sin.. Tá ról tábhachtach ag na caratéinóideacha i gcorp an dhuine, ach tá trí caratéinóideacha ar leith (lutein, zeaxanthin agus méisea-zeaxanthin) a fhaightear ag cúl na súile (an macúl), in áit ina aithnítear iad mar lí macúil.

Faigheann an Trialacha Forlíonú Saibhriú Reitinach Láir (TFSRL) mhaoinithe tríd an Comhairle Taighde Eorpach, agus tá dhá trialacha éagsúla i gceist leis: Gnáth TFSRL agus MMA TFSRL. An sprioc atá ag TFSRL ná chun tionchar de lí macúil saibhrithe ar cruthú radharc agus daille a mheas le gach ceann do na trí caratéanóideacha – lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), agus méisea-zeaxanthin (MZ). Is é seo an chéad imscrúdú a rinne tástáil  ar na tionchar do forlíonú le gach ceann do na trí caratéanóideacha macúil, MZ san áireamh, i gcomhthéacs de go leor cumhacht, dall dúbailte, randamaithe, triail cliniciúil ina bhfuil rialaithe ag placebo.

Triail 1: Gnáth TFSRL (Níl níos mó earcú ar fail don triail seo)

Tá muid ag iarraidh oibrí deonach do Gnáth TFSRL. Tá an triail seo ag imscrúdú slite ina mbíonn tionchar ag saibhriú lí macúil le na caratéanóideacha macúil (lutein, zeaxanthin agus méisea-zeaxanthin) ar cruthú radharc agus ar taithí do gnáth ábhair. Tá muid ag iarraidh 120 n-ábhair a n-earcú i ngach grúpa. An imscrúdaitheoir GTLM atá bainteach leis an triail seo ná dalta PhD Jessica Dennison.

Na dhaoine atá oiriúnach mar oibrithe deonach ná:

Dhaoine thar 18
Dhaoine gan aon ríochtaí súile (is féidir le spéaclaí agus chaitheamhóirí lionsa tadhaill an obair deonach a dhéanamh)
Dhaoine nach bhfuil ag tógáil forlíontaí cothaithe ina bhfuil baintach le súile faoin tráth seo (sin é forlíontaí a chuimsíonn lutein, zeaxanthin agus/nó méisea-zeaxanthin)

Níl dhaoine le diaibéiteas nó dhaoine atá tar éis máinliacht léasar na súile a fháil oiriúnach don triail seo.

Le do thoil, chuir gloach ar Niamh Owens ar 051 302810, nó, chuir ríomhphoist chuig niamh@ivr.ie

Triail 2: MMA TFSRL (Níl níos mó earcú ar fáil don triail seo)

Níl níos mó earcaíocht ar fáil do MMA TFSRL. Tá an triail seo ag imscrúdú slite ina mbíonn tionchar ag saibhriú lí macúil le na caratéanóideacha macúil (lutein, zeaxanthin agus méisea-zeaxanthin) ar cruthú radharc agus ar taithí d’ábhair le céim luath do meathlúchán macúil aoischoibhneasa (MMA). An imscrúdaitheoir GTLM atá bainteach leis an triail seo ná dalta PhD Kwadwo Akuffo.

Beidh gach rannpháirteach ar an triail an MMA TFSRL ráthaithe chun forlíon a chuimsíonn cheann do na dhá foirmlithe do na caratéanóideacha lutein, zeaxanthin, agus meso-zeaxanthin, chomh maith le vitimíní-iolrach a fháil. Leanann sé seo na treorlíntí cúram don Institúid Náisiúnta na Súile a bhaineann le othair le MMA.

Na dhaoine atá oiriúnach mar oibrithe deonach do TFSRL MMA ná:

Dhaoine thar 18
Dhaoine atá tar éis a bheith diagnóisaithe le céim luath do meathlúchán macúil aoischoibhneasa (MMA) i súil amháin
Dhaoine nach bhfuil ag tógáil forlíontaí cothaithe ina bhfuil baintach le súile faoin tráth seo (sin é forlíontaí a chuimsíonn lutein, zeaxanthin agus/nó meso-zeaxanthin)

Níl dhaoine le diaibéiteas oiriúnach don triail seo.

Le do thoil, chuir glaoch ar Laura Corcoran ar 051 845505, nó, chuir ríomhphoist chuig info@mprg.ie

Article Author(s) Journal Year
SUPPLEMENTATION WITH THREE DIFFERENT MACULAR CAROTENOID FORMULATIONS IN PATIENTS WITH EARLY AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION. Sabour-Pickett S1, Beatty S, Connolly E, Loughman J, Stack J, Howard A, Klein R, Klein BE, Meuer SM, Myers CE, Akuffo KO, Nolan JM Retina 2014
Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST): Design and Methodology of the CREST Randomized Controlled Trials. Akuffo KO1, Beatty S, Stack J, Dennison J, O'Regan S, Meagher KA, Peto T, Nolan J. Ophthalmic Epidemiol 2014
Macular Pigment, Visual Function, and Macular Disease among Subjects with Alzheimer's Disease: An Exploratory Study John Nolan Nolan JM, Loskutova E, Howard AN, Moran R, Mulcahy R, Stack J, Bolger M, Dennison J, Akuffo KO, Owens N, Thurnham DI, Beatty S Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 2014
Concordance of macular pigment measurements obtained using customized heterochromatic flicker photometry, dual-wavelength autofluorescence, and single-wavelength reflectance Dennison JL, Stack J, Beatty S, Nolan JM Exp Eye Res 2013
Low macular pigment optical density is associated with lower cognitive performance in a large, population-based sample of older adults Feeney J, Finucane C, Savva GM, Cronin H, Beatty S, Nolan JM, Kenny RA Neurobiol Aging 2013
Macular pigment and its contribution to vision Loskutova E, Nolan J, Howard A, Beatty S Nutrients 2013
Visual outcome after antioxidant supplementation Beatty S, Nolan JM, Muldrew KA, Woodside J, Stevenson MR, Chakravarthy U Ophthalmology 2013
Re: lutein supplementation improves visual performance in Chinese drivers: 1-year randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study: the importance of supplementing with all three macular carotenoids. Nolan J, Beatty S, Dennison J Nutrition 2013
Serum response to supplemental macular carotenoids in subjects with and without age-related macular degeneration Meagher KA, Thurnham DI, Beatty S, Howard AN, Connolly E, Cummins W, Nolan JM Br J Nutr 2013
Visual performance in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration undergoing treatment with intravitreal ranibizumab Sabour-Pickett S, Loughman J, Nolan JM, Stack J, Pesudovs K, Meagher KA, Beatty S J Ophthalmol 2013
Response to Bernstein et al. Nolan JM, Meagher K, Kashani S, Beatty S Eye (Lond) 2013
What is meso-zeaxanthin, and where does it come from? Nolan JM, Meagher K, Kashani S, Beatty S Eye (Lond) 2013
Investigation of genetic variation in scavenger receptor class B, member 1 (SCARB1) and association with serum carotenoids McKay GJ, Loane E, Nolan JM, Patterson CC, Meyers KJ, Mares JA, Yonova-Doing E, Hammond CJ, Beatty S, Silvestri G Ophthalmology 2013
Profiles of macular pigment optical density and their changes following supplemental lutein and zeaxanthin: Letter Nolan J, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012
The natural history of tractional cystoid macular edema Charalampidou S, Nolan J, Beatty S Retina 2012
Education is positively associated with macular pigment: the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) Nolan JM, Feeney J, Kenny RA, Cronin H, O'Regan C, Savva GM, Loughman J, Finucane C, Connolly E, Meagher K, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012
The impact of macular pigment augmentation on visual performance using different carotenoid formulations Loughman J, Nolan JM, Howard AN, Connolly E, Meagher K, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012
A review of the evidence germane to the putative protective role of the macular carotenoids for age-related macular degeneration Sabour-Pickett S, Nolan JM, Loughman J, Beatty S Mol Nutr Food Res 2012
The heritability of macular response to supplemental lutein and zeaxanthin: a classic twin study Hammond CJ, Liew SH, Van Kuijk FJ, Beatty S, Nolan JM, Spector TD, Gilbert CE Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012
Impact of dietary carotenoid deprivation on macular pigment and serum concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin Loughman J, Nolan JM, Beatty S Br J Nutr 2012
Secondary outcomes in a clinical trial of carotenoids with coantioxidants versus placebo in early age-related macular degeneration Beatty S, Chakravarthy U, Nolan JM, Muldrew KA, Woodside JV, Denny F, Stevenson MR Ophthalmology 2012
Macular carotenoid supplementation in subjects with atypical spatial profiles of macular pigment Nolan JM, Akkali MC, Loughman J, Howard AN, Beatty S Exp Eye Res 2012
Prognostic indicators and outcome measures for surgical removal of symptomatic nonadvanced cataract Charalampidou S, Loughman J, Nolan J, Stack J, Cassidy L, Pesudovs K, Beatty S Arch Ophthalmol 2011
26th Hohenheim consensus conference, September 11, 2010 scientific substantiation of health claims: evidence-based nutrition Biesalski HK, Aggett PJ, Anton R, Bernstein PS, Blumberg J, Heaney RP, Henry J, Nolan JM, Richardson DP, van Ommen B, Witkamp RF, Rijkers GT, Zöllner I Nutrition 2011
An evaluation of a novel instrument for measuring macular pigment optical density: the MPS 9000 Loughman J, Scanlon G, Nolan JM, O'Dwyer V, Beatty S Acta Ophthalmol 2011
The association between macular pigment optical density and CFH, ARMS2, C2/BF, and C3 genotype Loane E, Nolan JM, McKay GJ, Beatty S Exp Eye Res 2011
Supplementation with all three macular carotenoids: response, stability, and safety Connolly EE, Beatty S, Loughman J, Howard AN, Louw MS, Nolan JM Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2011
Estimation of effective lens position using a method independent of preoperative keratometry readings Dooley I, Charalampidou S, Nolan J, Loughman J, Molloy L, Beatty S J Cataract Refract Surg 2011
Psychophysical impact and optical and morphological characteristics of symptomatic non-advanced cataract Charalampidou S, Nolan J, Loughman J, Stack J, Higgins G, Cassidy L, Beatty S Eye (Lond) 2011
The impact of macular pigment augmentation on visual performance in normal subjects: COMPASS Nolan JM, Loughman J, Akkali MC, Stack J, Scanlon G, Davison P, Beatty S Vision Res 2011
Macular pigment: its associations with color discrimination and matching Davison P, Akkali M, Loughman J, Scanlon G, Nolan J, Beatty S Optom Vis Sci 2011
Changes in macular pigment optical density and serum concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin in response to weight loss Kirby ML, Beatty S, Stack J, Harrison M, Greene I, McBrinn S, Carroll P, Nolan JM Br J Nutr 2011
Visual perceptions induced by intravitreous injections of therapeutic agents Charalampidou S, Nolan J, Ormonde GO, Beatty S Eye (Lond) 2011
The respective relationships between lipoprotein profile, macular pigment optical density, and serum concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin Loane E, Nolan JM, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2010
Update on modifiable risk factors for age-related macular degeneration Nolan JM, O'Regan S, O'Regan G, Beatty S Optometry in Practice 2010
Macular pigment optical density in an ageing Irish population: The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing Nolan JM, Kenny R, O'Regan C, Cronin H, Loughman J, Connolly EE, Kearney P, Loane E, Beatty S Ophthalmic Res 2010
The relationship between macular pigment and visual performance Loughman J, Akkali MC, Beatty S, Scanlon G, Davison PA, O'Dwyer V, Cantwell T, Major P, Stack J, Nolan JM Vision Res 2010
Effect on refractive outcomes after cataract surgery of intraocular lens constant personalization using the Haigis formula Charalampidou S, Cassidy L, Ng E, Loughman J, Nolan J, Stack J, Beatty S J Cataract Refract Surg 2010
Apolipoprotein E genotype is associated with macular pigment optical density Loane E, McKay GJ, Nolan JM, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2010
Macular pigment and its contribution to visual performance and experience Loughman J, Davison P.A, Nolan JM, Akkali M.C, Beatty S J Optom 2010
A central dip in the macular pigment spatial profile is associated with age and smoking Kirby ML, Beatty S, Loane E, Akkali MC, Connolly EE, Stack J, Nolan JM Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2010
Augmentation of macular pigment following supplementation with all three macular carotenoids: an exploratory study Connolly EE, Beatty S, Thurnham DI, Loughman J, Howard AN, Stack J, Nolan JM Curr Eye Res 2010
Augmentation of macular pigment following implantation of blue light-filtering intraocular lenses at the time of cataract surgery Nolan JM, O'Reilly P, Loughman J, Stack J, Loane E, Connolly E, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2009
Risk factors for age-related maculopathy Connell PP, Keane PA, O'Neill EC, Altaie RW, Loane E, Neelam K, Nolan JM, Beatty S J Ophthalmol 2009
Psychophysical function in age-related maculopathy Neelam K, Nolan J, Chakravarthy U, Beatty S Surv Ophthalmol 2009
Foveal anatomic associations with the secondary peak and the slope of the macular pigment spatial profile Kirby ML, Galea M, Loane E, Stack J, Beatty S, Nolan JM Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2009
The utility of using customized heterochromatic flicker photometry (cHFP) to measure macular pigment in patients with age-related macular degeneration Stringham JM, Hammond BR, Nolan JM, Wooten BR, Mammen A, Smollon W, Snodderly DM Exp Eye Res 2008
The rationale and evidence base for a protective role of macular pigment in age-related maculopathy Loane E, Kelliher C, Beatty S, Nolan JM Br J Ophthalmol 2008
Spatial profile of macular pigment and its relationship to foveal architecture Nolan JM, Stringham JM, Beatty S, Snodderly DM Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2008
Diet and risk factors for age-related maculopathy O'Connell ED, Nolan JM, Stack J, Greenberg D, Kyle J, Maddock L, Beatty S Am J Clin Nutr 2008
Macular pigment and age-related macular degeneration: longitudinal data and better techniques of measurement are needed Beatty S, van Kuijk FJ, Chakravarthy U Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2008
Transport and retinal capture of lutein and zeaxanthin with reference to age-related macular degeneration Loane E, Nolan JM, O'Donovan O, Bhosale P, Bernstein PS, Beatty S Surv Ophthalmol 2008
Measurement of macular pigment optical density using two different heterochromatic flicker photometers Loane E, Stack J, Beatty S, Nolan JM Curr Eye Res 2007
Risk factors for age-related maculopathy are associated with a relative lack of macular pigment Nolan JM, Stack J, O' Donovan O, Loane E, Beatty S Exp Eye Res 2007
The relationships between macular pigment optical density and its constituent carotenoids in diet and serum Nolan JM, Stack J, O'Connell E, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2007
Changes in macular pigment optical density and serum concentrations of its constituent carotenoids following supplemental lutein and zeaxanthin: the LUNA study Trieschmann M, Beatty S, Nolan JM, Hense HW, Heimes B, Austermann U, Fobker M, Pauleikhoff D Exp Eye Res 2007
Macular carotenoids and age-related maculopathy O'Connell E, Neelam K, Nolan J, Au Eong KG, Beatty S Ann Acad Med Singapore 2006
Macular pigment and ocular biometry Neelam K, Nolan J, Loane E, Stack J, O'Donovan O, Au Eong KG, Beatty S Vision Res 2006
Monthly consistency of macular pigment optical density and serum concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin Nolan JM, Stack J, Mellerio J, Godhinio M, O'Donovan O, Neelam K, Beatty S Curr Eye Res 2006
Macular pigment levels following successful macular hole surgery Neelam K, O'Gorman N, Nolan J, O'Donovan O, Au Eong KG, Beatty S Br J Ophthalmol 2005
A novel index for predicting intraocular pressure reduction following cataract surgery Issa SA, Pacheco J, Mahmood U, Nolan J, Beatty S Br J Ophthalmol 2005
Measurement of macular pigment: Raman spectroscopy versus heterochromatic flicker photometry Neelam K, O'Gorman N, Nolan J, O'Donovan O, Wong HB, Au Eong KG, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005
Macular pigment optical density and its relationship with serum and dietary levels of lutein and zeaxanthin Beatty S, Nolan J, Kavanagh H, O'Donovan O Arch Biochem Biophys 2004
Macular pigment and percentage of body fat Nolan J, O'Donovan O, Kavanagh H, Stack J, Harrison M, Muldoon A, Mellerio J, Beatty S Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2004
Macular pigment and risk for age-related macular degeneration in subjects from a Northern European population Beatty S, Murray IJ, Henson DB, Carden D, Koh H, Boulton ME Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2001
The role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration Beatty S, Koh H, Phil M, Henson D, Boulton M Surv Ophthalmol 2000
Macular pigment optical density measurement: a novel compact instrument Beatty S, Koh HH, Carden D, Murray IJ Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2000
Photocoagulation of subfoveal choroidal neovascular membranes in age related macular degeneration: the impact of the macular photocoagulation study in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Beatty S, Au Eong KG, McLeod D, Bishop PN Br J Ophthalmol 1999
Macular pigment and age related macular degeneration Beatty S, Boulton M, Henson D, Koh HH, Murray IJ Br J Ophthalmol 1999
Professor Nolan interviewed by BBC Future Science

Professor Nolan, Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) was recently interviewed by...

Professor Nolan interviewed by BBC Future Science

Professor Nolan, Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) was recently interviewed by Douglas Heingartner from the BBC about research developments in the MPRG.

The story is now published and can be viewed from the link below.


Interview Link
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141210-could-a-diet-change-boost-vision

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Professor Beatty interviewed on I mBarr do Slainte on TG4

Professor Beatty was recently interviewed on the TG4 programme entitled "I mBarr do Slainte". The...

Professor Beatty interviewed on I mBarr do Slainte on TG4

Professor Beatty was recently interviewed on the TG4 programme entitled "I mBarr do Slainte". The programme centred around the importance of eye health. To watch this programme in full, please click on the link below:

http://nasc.tg4.tv/1pZCL3L

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Motorists, including truck drivers are being warned of the dangers of sun glare.

Countless collisions have occurred due to blind spots created by sun glare and the distance...

Motorists, including truck drivers are being warned of the dangers of sun glare.

Countless collisions have occurred due to blind spots created by sun glare and the distance perception problems that are created. Driving directly against the sun can also block peripheral areas of vision and cause sudden moments of blindness as the sun peeks out from behind surrounding objects.

It can make using the road for pedestrians and cyclists very challenging also as it can be very difficult for motorists to see them.

Like beauty, glare is often in the eye of the beholder. Drivers middle-aged and older are more sensitive to glare than younger drivers because their eyes take longer to adjust to changing light levels.

For example, a 55-year old takes eight times longer to recover from glare than a 16-year-old. As the population ages, the number of older drivers will continue to rise as will the number of complaints about glare.

Lighter-coloured eyes are more sensitive, which means the lighter your eyes are the more glare will bother you. Certain other conditions, such as having had vision-correction surgery that affects the corneas, may also increase your sensitivity to glare.

James Loughman, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at Dublin Institute of Technology added:  “Individuals who suffer dry eyes often find their symptoms worsen during driving. This has the additional effect of increasing glare as a result of ocular irritation and an irregular tear film. Our research at Dublin Institute of Technology has also revealed that macular pigment plays a critical role in glare sensitivity.This pigment, which accumulates in the retina, filters the light as it strikes the retina and removes the components that cause glare much in the way that polarised sunglasses work. In essence, this pigment is the eye’s natural protection against glare”.

Unexpectedly, our diet is an important factor for both tear function and macular pigment protection against glare. Evidence exists, for example, that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect on tear function. Macular pigment is entirely of dietary origin and is typically deficient in Irish adults due to the lower than average intake of leafy green vegetables such as spinach or kale. This may predispose individuals to increased risk of glare and potentially to certain eye disease such as age-related macular degeneration. Importantly, however, Prof. Loughman states that “our research has shown that dietary supplementation with macular carotenoids in the quantities found in the commercially available supplement, Macushield, can alleviate glare sensitivity, while the use of artificial tears can have similarly beneficial effects on glare disability in the case of persistent dry eye”.

Article sourced from Safedriving.ie http://www.safedriving.ie/606/motorists-get-sun-glare-warning-2/

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A professor of optometry has issued a warning about the dangers to road users posed by sun

James Loughman, professor of optometry and vision science at Dublin Institute of Technology, says there...

A professor of optometry has issued a warning about the dangers to road users posed by sun

James Loughman, professor of optometry and vision science at Dublin Institute of Technology, says there is a risk of collisions due to blind spots created by sun glare and the distance perception problems that this creates. He also explained that driving directly against the sun can also block peripheral vision and cause sudden moments of blindness as the sun peeks out from behind surrounding objects. The professor goes on to explain that middle-aged and older drivers are more sensitive to glare than younger drivers, because their eyes take longer to adjust to changing light levels. People with lighter coloured eyes will be bothered more by glare and vision-correction surgery can also increase sensitivity to glare. Professor Loughman said: “Individuals who suffer dry eyes often find their symptoms worsen during driving. This has the additional effect of increasing glare as a result of ocular irritation and an irregular tear film. “Our research also revealed that macular pigment plays a critical role in glare sensitivity. This pigment, which accumulates in the retina, filters the light as it strikes the retina and removes the components that cause glare, in the way that polarised sunglasses work. In essence, this pigment is the eye’s natural protection against glare.”Professor Loughman goes on to say that diet is an important factor for both tear function and macular pigment protection against glare. He said: “Our research has shown that dietary supplementation with macular carotenoids in the quantities found in the commercially available supplement, Macushield, can alleviate glare sensitivity, while the use of artificial tears can have similarly beneficial effects on glare disability in the case of persistent dry eye.” Noel Gibbons, road safety officer for Mayo County Council in Ireland, said: ''We can't change the position of the sun, or the need to travel at certain times, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure you're prepared for these conditions. ''Keep your windscreen clean, both inside and out. Dirty windscreens add to the danger when the sun is low. “If you can't see, slow down accordingly, keeping an eye on the traffic behind, in case the following vehicle doesn't see you against the sun. “Also, beware with these fine evenings (as) there are more pedestrians and cyclists on the road.''

Article sourced from Road Safety GB, Friday 19th September 2014 http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/3883.html">http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/3883.html

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MPRG Student Rachel Moran Presents at 17th Triennial International Carotenoid Symposium in UTAH

MPRG Student Rachel Moran spoke today about her research at the 17th Triennial International Carotenoid...

MPRG Student Rachel Moran Presents at 17th Triennial International Carotenoid Symposium in UTAH

MPRG Student Rachel Moran spoke today about her research at the 17th Triennial International Carotenoid Symposium in Utah today. Rachel is also nominated for a presentation award at the conference.

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WIT’s ‘NetLabs’ centre to create 600 jobs by 2019

The MPRG attended the opening of the new Netlabs facility in the Carraiganore Campus of...

WIT’s ‘NetLabs’ centre to create 600 jobs by 2019

The MPRG attended the opening of the new Netlabs facility in the Carraiganore Campus of WIT where they showcased their research to date for Minister Ruairi Quinn. Click here to read the full press release from the Irish Independant.

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Huge response to Nationwide documentary!

Hi everyone, thank you so much for all the positive feedback following the Nationwide documentary...

Huge response to Nationwide documentary!

Hi everyone, thank you so much for all the positive feedback following the Nationwide documentary on Monday night!

As you can imagine we have received a huge number of phone calls, and the whole team is working non-stop to get back to everyone who called and left messages or sent emails or letters. Please bear with us, and be assured that we will contact you as soon as we can.

If you have already left us a voicemail (please don't forget to leave your name and number!) there is no need to call again - we will get back to you.

If you have not yet managed to get through to leave a message or to speak to someone, you can call either 051 845505 or 051 306261, or email info@mprg.ie

Thanks!

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MPRG to be showcased on RTE Nationwide

News story from the European Commission newsletter, 30th January 2014: "News you can use" Professor...

MPRG to be showcased on RTE Nationwide

News story from the European Commission newsletter, 30th January 2014: "News you can use"

Professor John Nolan and his research team in the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) are working on how to prevent a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which affects an estimated 12 million people across Europe.

AMD is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in people over 50 years of age, affecting an estimated 80,000 people in the Republic of Ireland, 500,000 people in the UK and over 12 million sufferers across Europe. This eye disease is particularly frustrating because it results in a loss of central vision. In other words, someone with AMD can see everything except what he or she is looking at, and is therefore unable to read, watch TV, drive, or recognise a loved one’s face.

Professor Nolan's work is being funded by the EU's European Research Council (ERC) to the tune of €1.5 million over 5 years. The research being undertaken at WIT will lead to improvements in eyesight for many sufferers of impaired vision, and potentially be beneficial even for those who are considered to have ‘normal’ vision.

Find out more about Prof Nolan's research project by watching Nationwide RTE TV - Monday 3 February at 19:00

Pictured: Professor John Nolan (back row, right) with Nationwide presenter Helen McInerney (back row, left), the RTE film crew, and MPRG patients.

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Kwadwo Akuffo awarded Young Achiever Award

Kwadwo Akuffo has been awarded the Young Achiever Award at the first edition of the...

Kwadwo Akuffo awarded Young Achiever Award

Kwadwo Akuffo has been awarded the Young Achiever Award at the first edition of the Ghanaian – Irish & Networks Excellence (GINE) Awards. The GINE Awards were organised by the Ghana Union Ireland (GUI) in collaboration with the Ghana Consulate Ireland. The awards ceremony was held on the 28th December, 2013, at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin, to award individuals, organisations and groups demonstrating leadership, selflessness and dedication to the Ghanaian-Irish community within Ireland, and also to raise awareness and funds for GUI youth annual educational and social integration programmes in all regions. Ten different awards were given at the ceremony which included the Young Achiever Award. An awards committee reviewed nominations from Ghanaian-Irish community and network groups in the Republic of Ireland.

Three young people were nominated for the Young Achiever Award, given in recognition of an outstanding young person aged 16-30 years who has broken barriers and currently studying or yet to study at a university; has demonstrated dedication, enthusiasm, commitment and achievement in their chosen field; has excelled academically including extra-curricular activities within the community; and is a good role model amongst peers. His award was presented by Mr. Joe Costello T.D., Minister of State for Trade and Development and Mrs Emer Costello, Member of European Parliament for Dublin.

Kwadwo pictured (left) with Mr. Joe Costello T.D., Minister of State for Trade and Development, and other award winners.

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Vacancy: Postgraduate Students

The MPRG welcomes applications from high-achieving academic students who are interested in applying for funding...

Vacancy: Postgraduate Students

The MPRG welcomes applications from high-achieving academic students who are interested in applying for funding to pursue a research PhD or Masters through the Irish Research Council (IRC) Postgraduate scheme 2014/ 2015. Click here for more information on this post and the application process.

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Carotenoids and Retinal Disease book release

Following the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2013, a CRC Press book publication entitled "Carotenoids and Retinal...

Carotenoids and Retinal Disease book release

Following the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2013, a CRC Press book publication entitled "Carotenoids and Retinal Disease" has been released. This publication is a collaboration between the key opinion leaders in the field of macular carotenoids, and was edited by Professors John Nolan and John Landrum.

This book presents an up-to-date, thorough volume devoted to the chemistry, pathobiology, visual science, and medical and public health significance of the macular carotenoids. With contributions from an international group of leading experts, it covers a range of topics, from macular anatomy to clinical trials.

Carotenoids and Retinal Disease
Edited by:
John T. Landrum, Florida International University, Miami, USA
John Nolan, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Click here to read more about this publication or to order it.

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New MPRG website!

We are pleased to announce that the new MPRG website (direct link www.mprg.ie) has now...

New MPRG website!

We are pleased to announce that the new MPRG website (direct link www.mprg.ie) has now been launched. New content includes a Photo Gallery, Videos, Research Projects page, amongst other more detailed information. Remember to check out the News page for frequent updates, as well as our Facebook page!

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Interview: Advances in Macular Carotenoids

Professors John Nolan and Stephen Beatty gave an interview at ARVO (Association of Research in...

Interview: Advances in Macular Carotenoids

Professors John Nolan and Stephen Beatty gave an interview at ARVO (Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Conference 2013, Seattle, USA. They discussed the current MPRG research projects and the importance of the central macular carotenoid, meso-zeaxanthin. This interview is now available and can be viewed here: Advances in Macular Carotenoids

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Macular Carotenoids Conference, Cambridge

The MPRG attended the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2013 at Cambridge University, UK. This conference was...

Macular Carotenoids Conference, Cambridge

The MPRG attended the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2013 at Cambridge University, UK. This conference was held to provide a forum where macular carotenoid researchers could explore up-to-date and evidence-based hypotheses, and discuss the supporting research data into the role of the macular carotenoids in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), vision, and cognitive function. The MPRG PhD students, Kwadwo Akuffo, Jessica Dennison, Katie Meagher, Rachel Moran and Kate Loskutova all presented their data in the form of poster presentations. The MPRG Principal Investigator, Professor John Nolan, was chair of this conference, and gave several well-received lectures.

Pictured: Kwadwo Akuffo presenting his poster on the "Prevalence of sight-threatening ocular pathology in Ireland: The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing".

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Kwadwo presents CREST project at Global Seminar in Ethiopia

The MPRG is pleased to announce that Kwadwo Akuffo, MPRG PhD student,  received an invitation...

Kwadwo presents CREST project at Global Seminar in Ethiopia

The MPRG is pleased to announce that Kwadwo Akuffo, MPRG PhD student,  received an invitation from the Director of ISC (Intelligence in Science, based in Brussels), to present the CREST project at the "Global Science Collaboration: Science Capacity Building in Africa" seminar. This event, held at the Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brought together international decision-makers, researchers, academic community and industry leaders to discuss issues and topics relating to developing human and technological capacity through science collaboration. The CREST project is an example of on-going EU Africa science cooperation and collaboration and it has potential application in Africa. Kwadwo spoke on the topic “Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST): a clinical trial into nutrition and age-related macular degeneration.”

Pictured: Kwadwo Akuffo (fifth from right) with delegates at the Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Heidelberg Engineering grant awarded to Jessica Dennison

MPRG postgraduate student Jessica Dennison has been awrded a travel grant from Heidelberg Engineering for...

Heidelberg Engineering grant awarded to Jessica Dennison

MPRG postgraduate student Jessica Dennison has been awrded a travel grant from Heidelberg Engineering for her work with their device the Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis HRA+OCT, a specialised instrument for assessing eye health in vivo. This data will be published as a peer-reviewed manuscript entitled “Concordance of macular pigment measurements obtained using customized heterochromatic flicker photometry, dual-wavelength autofluorescence, and single-wavelength reflectance.”

Of interest, the Spectralis used in the MPRG vision laboratory is the same device which is currently being used by NASA in the International Space Station to monitor the astronauts' visual health. Read more here: Spectralis in Space

Pictured: Jessica Dennison measuring a patient's macular pigment using the Spectralis.

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Kwadwo wins place on prestigious Cochrane Training course

The Macular Pigment Research Group is proud to announce that Kwadwo Akuffo successfully won a...

Kwadwo wins place on prestigious Cochrane Training course

The Macular Pigment Research Group is proud to announce that Kwadwo Akuffo successfully won a place on the prestigious Cochrane Training Courses 2013 after a competitive application process. The Health Research Board and the HSC Research & Development Division in Northern Ireland, in association with the Training Team of the UK Cochrane Centre, offered two courses: ‘Introduction to Cochrane’  and the ‘Cochrane Systematic Review Course’. Kwadwo was awarded this training following a highly competitive application process. The aim of the Cochrane Training Courses is to build awareness and capacity in conducting systematic review in Ireland.

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Kwadwo wins Best Poster Prize at WIT Research Day

The Macular Pigment Research Group is proud to announce that Kwadwo Akuffo won a place...

Kwadwo wins Best Poster Prize at WIT Research Day

The Macular Pigment Research Group is proud to announce that Kwadwo Akuffo won a place the Best Poster Delegates' Choice Award at the Waterford Institute of Technology Research Day 2013. Kwadwo’s poster presented the “Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials: Design and Methodology.”

Pictured: Kwadwo Akuffo receives his award from Dr. Ruaidhrí Neavyn, President, Waterford Institute of Technology

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Professor John Nolan: Trinity Affiliation

Professor John Nolan, Principal Investigator of Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Macular Pigment Research Group...

Professor John Nolan: Trinity Affiliation

Professor John Nolan, Principal Investigator of Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) has recently been appointed Professor (Adjunct Assistant) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in recognition and support of his ongoing academic collaboration with the TCD-based TILDA study.

TILDA is an acronym for ‘The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing’, designed to investigate the health, social and economic circumstances of the ageing Irish population, and includes 8,178 participants aged 50 years and over.

Professor Nolan is also a Fulbright Scholar, Howard Fellow and European Research Council (ERC) Fellow.

The Macular Pigment Research Group, led by Professor Nolan, is based at the Vision Research Centre, Carriganore House at WIT’s West Campus and studies the role of nutrition in vision and in the prevention of blindness. To date, Professor Nolan has secured €5 million in research funding in support of these studies and he is currently managing several projects.

Professor Nolan has successfully supervised ten students to MSc, PhD and MD level, and is currently supervising six PhD candidates as part of ongoing projects at the MPRG. He has presented at over 70 international scientific conferences and has published 61 peer-reviewed scientific papers on his area of research (1,001 citations, H index 17). Professor Nolan is also Chair of the international Macular Carotenoids Conference, which is held at Downing College, Cambridge University, UK (http://www.macularcarotenoids.org).

Professor Nolan and his colleague, Professor Stephen Beatty (Director of MPRG and Institute of Eye Surgery, Whitfield Clinic; and an Adjunct Professor of TCD) have been collaborating with Professor Rose Anne Kenny (the Principal Investigator of the TILDA study) at TCD since 2007. This fruitful collaboration between WIT and TCD has already led to several landmark peer-reviewed publications.

Professor Nolan and Professor Beatty are leading the vision-related component of TILDA.

Professor Nolan said, “This is a great honour for me, my research group, and my family to be recognised in this way. The TILDA project has required a gigantic effort from all the researchers involved, and we are fascinated with the results it is already producing.

“This project is vital to inform healthcare policy makers, as the ageing population continues to represent an ever increasing proportion of the overall population. The increase in life expectancy presents many challenges to society, and only if we understand the socio-economic implications of an ageing society can we hope to accommodate the changing needs of Ireland.”

See www.tilda.ie for more details.

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Sarah Sabour-Pickett graduates!

The Macular Pigment Research Group is proud to announce that Sarah Sabour-Pickett has successfully passed...

Sarah Sabour-Pickett graduates!

The Macular Pigment Research Group is proud to announce that Sarah Sabour-Pickett has successfully passed her PhD Viva and celebrated her graduation recently, having completed her studies with the MPRG on "Visual Performance and its Response to Intervention in Subjects with Age-Related Macular Degeneration". We wish her every success with her future career.

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European Commissioner visits WIT

On the 8th October 2012 the MPRG met the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and...

European Commissioner visits WIT

On the 8th October 2012 the MPRG met the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who was visiting the Waterford Institute of Technology. The Commissioner visited the Carriganore West Campus, where the MPRG's Vision Research Centre is based, and met some of the researchers here. Dr. John Nolan updated the Commissioner on the progress of the European Research Council-funded CREST Project, and the ongoing patient recruitment for the research studies.

Pictured above from left to right: Sarah O'Regan (MPRG Research Assistant), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science), Dr. Willie Donnelly (WIT Head of Research), Kwadwo Akuffo (MPRG PhD student), Dr. John Nolan (MPRG Principal Investigator), Jessica Dennison (MPRG PhD student)

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