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HomeminewsOz Researcher Wins Global Grant

Oz Researcher Wins Global Grant

Lions Eye Institute (LEI) researcher Alex Hewitt has been awarded a prestigious 2012 Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Grant. The grant is worth AUD$50,000 and will allow Dr. Hewitt to further his research into glaucoma genetics.

Dr. Hewitt’s research examines the molecular profile of cells in the retina of people with blinding glaucoma and compares them with people who have no signs or family history of the disease. Cellular models developed as part of his research will ultimately be used to develop better screening tools and treatment options.

LEI Managing Director Professor David Mackey who received an ARI in 2010, said the Alcon grant reflects international recognition of the calibre of research at LEI. “Every other recipient of this year’s award came from the United States or Canada. Alex was the exception,” he said.

“Alex has already made an incredibly large impact in the field of glaucoma genetics. This is remarkable given his youth and the short period since completing his PhD. He is a future world leader in this area of genetics research.”

The award takes to three the number of LEI researchers who have won recognition from the US-based Alcon Research Institute. Professor John Forrester, who is at the LEI investigating the causes of uveitis and other ocular immunological disorders, was recognised in 2011.

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