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Grant tackles leading cause of blindness

CERA has been awarded an inaugural Macular Degeneration Foundation Research Grant.image-tools (25)

The grant was awarded to CERA Deputy Director Professor Robyn Guymer by the Governor-General of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce AC at a function at Admiralty House in Sydney.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Liubov Robman (pictured right) was awarded the Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Fellowship.

The grants will support crucial research into the prevention and early detection of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Coinciding with the event was the launch of a Deloitte Access Economics Report which reveals that the prevalence of AMD is set to rise 70 per cent to 1.7 million in the next 20 years.

Award recipient Dr Liubov Robman said the report highlights the need for greater research investment in this area.

“AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in elderly Australians. With the aging population, the rates of AMD are on the increase,” Dr Robman said.

“I thank the Macular Degeneration Foundation for recognising the importance of research and for their support and investment in CERA’s work.”

Photo by Cybele Malinowski (Blue Murder Studios).