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Eye Hospital consultant shortlisted for national award

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Professor Robert MacLaren, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Oxford Eye Hospital, is one of the nominees for this year's Macular Society Awards for Excellence.

He has been shortlisted in the Clinical Service of the Year category in recognition of his exceptionally good practice in caring for people with macular disease.

The nomination also highlighted Professor MacLaren's pioneering and innovative gene therapy work and his use of robotic surgery to help those affected by retinal diseases.

Now in their 11th year, the Macular Society Awards for Excellence  celebrate inspirational work done to provide services and care for people with macular disease all over the UK.

Professor MacLaren said: "I'm honoured to have been nominated for this award. Our research team in Oxford has been at the forefront of developing gene therapy treatments for macular diseases and earlier this year we were recognised as having led the first gene therapy trial to treat the dry form of AMD."

Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: "The commitment and dedication shown by Professor MacLaren is clear to see from the tremendous feedback we've received about his work.

"He really has made an incredible difference to the lives of people with macular disease and we're delighted his efforts have been recognised with this richly-deserved nomination."

The awards will be presented at the Macular Society's national annual conference at the Royal Leonardo London Tower Bridge Hotel on Saturday 21 September 2019.

For more information on the Awards for Excellence, or macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or email

Pictured: Professor Robert MacLaren