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News & Events Government to fund AMD, genetics, health services and basic science research

Dr Gwyneth Rees

Pic: Dr Gwyneth Rees received a Career Development fellowship.

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) welcomed the recent funding announcement from the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which included support for new and innovative projects in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), genetics, health services and basic science.

This work will focus on understanding the causes of eye disease and investigating new treatment options.

CERA received seven new grants, worth a total of $3.4 million – our best result since 2009. This included four new Project grants, two Early Career fellowships and a Career Development fellowship. Our applications achieved a success rate of 26% – significantly above the national average of 19%.

Project grants:

  • Understanding AMD pathogenesis using human induced pluripotent stem cells: Dr Alic√© Pebay, Prof Robyn Guymer and Prof Martin Pera (University of Melbourne).
  • Energy therapy to preserve vision in young men at risk of blindness: A/Prof Ian Trounce, Prof Jonathan Crowston and Prof David Mackey.
  • New treatment to block retinal blood vessel growth avoiding eye surgery: Prof Greg Dusting, Dr Rick Liu, Professor Tien Wong, Dr Hong Zhang and Dr Bui Bang (University of Melbourne).
  • The Global Giant Cell Arteritis Genomics Consortium: Dr Alex Hewitt, Prof Catherine Hill (SA Health), Dr David Evans (Univeristy of Brisol), A/Prof Tony Merriman (University of Otago), Prof Ann Morgan (Leeds Children’s Hospital), A/Prof Penelope McKelvie (St Vincent’s Hospital), Prof Javier Martin (Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas de Barcelona)

Mr Stuart Cantsilieris and Dr Eva Fenwick received Early Career researcher fellowships and Dr Gwyneth Rees received a Career Development fellowship.

Dr Rees said she was delighted to receive the newly created part-time career development fellowship, which will help support her senior position at CERA while still allowing her to spend time at home with her two young children.

“I’m so pleased that the NHMRC is supporting researchers who, for personal or professional reasons, are only able to do their research part-time.

Dr Rees conducts behavioural and health services research in ophthalmology. She has a particular interest in developing and evaluating new models of care to improve patient wellbeing, quality of life and clinical outcomes and implementing evidence into practice.


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