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MDFA Awards $1.3m Grants

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has announced the successful recipients of grants totalling $1.3 million under Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s Research Grants Program. The Foundation has committed $2.8 million to Australian researchers since the inception of the Grants program in 2011. The 2015 research grants include:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

Investigating links between established environmental risk factors, such as a high fat diet and smoking, and how this may lead to the development of new diagnostics and treatments; using a new diagnostic tool to better predict people at high risk of disease progression at a much earlier stage; the potential use of a blood test to predict or detect disease progression; better mapping of optimal delivery of injections in the eye for wet macular degeneration; the effect of duration and frequency of treatment to support patients during their treatment journey and better guide clinicians and government in decision making; defining barriers to improved disease management and improving the delivery of optimal clinical care by optometrists.

Recipients were Professor Steven Krilis, St George Hospital, UNSW Australia; Professor Chi Luu, Centre for Eye Research Australia (VIC); Dr. Gerald Liew

Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, The University of Sydney; Professor Mark Gillies Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney; Dr. Isabelle Jalbert UNSW Australia School of Optometry and Vision Science; and Dr. Laura Downie, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University
of Melbourne.