History of the Foundation

The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Research Foundation, the brainchild of Dr. Alan Mooney, was established in 1974. The Hospital Council nominated a committee consisting of 9 Ophthalmic and ENT Consultants with Alan Mooney as Chairman. The committee immediately embarked on a fund-raising campaign to build a unit which would facilitate research into diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the committee and Alan Mooney, in particular, the embryo Research Unit was opened in a converted mobile home in 1976 and, with further public fund-raising, the present permanent Research Unit building was opened by the then Minister for Health, Dr. Michael Woods, in March 1981. Over subsequent years, funding for research in the unit has depended on an annual contribution from the Eye and Ear Hospital, charitable donations from the general public and funds raised from services provided by the Research Unit relating to Ophthalmic and Auditory disorders.

Services Provided:

The Ophthalmic and ENT services provided are as follows:

  • Electro-oculography
  • Electro-retinography
  • Visually Evoked Responses
  • Brain Stem Evoked Responses
  • A-Scan Ultrasound for IOL measurement
  • Colour Vision Testing
  • Dark Adaptometry
  • Visual Fields
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Retinal Photography and Fluorescein Angiography

Research Activity

The main function of the Research Foundation is to provide equipment and financial support to staff members at the Eye and Ear Hospital and elsewhere throughout the country to carry out Research Projects for subsequent publication in the literature and presentation at Medical Conferences. The Research Foundation also provides funding for trainee doctors to undertake higher diploma or degree studies and also to fund research fellows in work linking the Research Foundation with outside colleges. Co-operation with Trinity College Genetics Department: In Collaboration with the Ocular Genetics Unit at Trinity College, Dublin, the Research Foundation has been active in identifying large Irish families with forms of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). To date, this collaboration has resulted in the identification of a number of genes including Rhodopsin, Peripherin/RDS and the mitochondrial gene. Recently, the group identified a mutation in the IMPDH1 gene in a large Spanish kindred with a severe and early onset form of autosomal dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Committee Members:

Mr Noel Horgan (Chairperson)
Mr Mark Cahill (Treasurer)
Ms Aoife Doyle (Committee Member)
Mr David Mooney (Committee Member)
Mr Paul Kenna (Lecturer in Ocular Genetics)
Prof Conor Murphy (Committee Member)
Prof Susan Kennedy (Committee Member)
Prof Conrad Timon (Committee Member)
Mr Dara Kilmartin (Committee Member)
Mr Tony Healy (Committee Member)
Ms Marie Tighe (Committee Member)
Ms Andra Bobart-Hone (Committee Member)
Ms Hilary Dempsey (Committee Member / Technician)
Ms Cathy King (Committee Member / Administrator)
Ms Emma-Jayne Verner (Committee Member / Coordinator)


For more information on the Research Foundation



As always, the Eye and Ear Research Foundation is seeking financial support from the general public and any contributions can be referred to:

Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Research Foundation Limited | Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital | Adelaide Road | Dublin 2 |
Tel: 01 634 3630| Fax: 01 661 4670 | research.foundation@rveeh.ie

Registered in Ireland: 514473 | Registered Charity Number: 20950
Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Research Foundation Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered Office: Adelaide Road, Dublin 2