Owen to Run for Eye Research

A welcome boost from the support of celebrities and personalities never does any harm when raising awareness and promoting health and charity events.  One such celeb from the world of sport who is doing just that this year in aid of the UK's Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is the former England Striker Michael Owen who is hoping that his participation in this years London Marathon will boost the funds needed for further research into congenital eye disorders where there are no current cures such as retinal diseases and pediatric cataracts.Genetic professors at both University of Manchester and St Mary's Hospital Manchester have worked with the Royal Eye Hospital to speed up the research that is taking place within the genetics sphere surrounding optical health.
 Long term the researchers and scientists hope to identify new gene variants that are causing specific eye diseases.This year also marks the bicentenary of the eye hospitals foundation and in addition to Genomic Medicine research funding the children's outpatient clinic is also earmarked for a boost in funds to service and provide better equipment to support the ongoing research.

Michael can be sponsored through his Virgin Giving fundraising page.