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MDFA to Open Research Grants in October

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has brought forward the opening date for applications for its next round of research funding to Thursday, 8 October – World Sight Day. MDFA is one of Australia’s largest non-government sources of funding for world-leading research that aims to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease.

The MDFA Research Grants Program has previously committed AU$4.1 million to 18 Australian researchers across 21 projects since 2011.

Peer review and rigorous evaluation based on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) process ensure the successful applicants meet high standards.

Last October, MDFA awarded $600,000 to advance research into Indigenous diabetic vision loss through Professor Alex Brown’s DREAM project, research into sub-retinal fibrosis by Dr Audra Shadforth and an investigation into novel macular disease detection methods, being conducted by Dr Zhichao Wu.

Notable past recipients of MDFA funding include Professor Robyn Guymer, Professor Mark Gillies, Professor Paul Mitchell AO and Dr Fred Chen. To learn more about the MDFA Research Grants Program or to register your interest, visit the MDFA website: www.mdfoundation. com.au/content/research-grants-program.