Research for silent epidemic

Pioneering research which will help thousands of people across the globe at risk of losing their sight to a ‘silent epidemic’ of eye infections has been launched at the University of Sheffield.

A multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians from the University of Sheffield are working with colleagues at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, to develop a new treatment for eye infections that does not rely on conventional antibiotics - to which many microbes are becoming rapidly resistant.

Professor Pete Monk, from the university’s department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, is leading the revolutionary research that has been awarded grants of almost £1.4 million from the Medical Research Council.