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VIDEO: CERA celebrates 20 years saving sight and changing lives

A video is now available celebrating CERA’s first 20 years of ground-breaking work into the cause of eye-related diseases.

Floral display at the CERA 20th Anniversary celebration

Floral display at the CERA 20th Anniversary celebration

The milestone was commemorated with a celebration in Melbourne on 17 November that brought together many researchers, staff and supporters.

In the video, the inaugural Managing Director, Melbourne Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor AC talks about the genesis of the idea that led to CERA.

“When I arrived in 1990 there were five people and I was the sixth

“There was huge potential, so I thought let’s pull together the hospital, the profession, the college and the associations advocating for the blind with the University and call it the Centre for Eye Research,” he says.

Today CERA has over 155 researchers, staff and postgraduate students. In 2015 the Centre published 192 research papers, conducted 19 clinical trials and won 34 competitive grants totaling over $4.8 million.

A number of CERA’s Principle Investigators are interviewed in the video including Deputy Director Professor Robyn Guymer, Associate Professor Alice Pebay, Dr Gwyneth Rees, Dr Mohamed Dirani and Dr Peter Van Wijngaarden.

“The thing about research is that it gives us the opportunity of touching so many more lives, because if you find a better way to treat a condition… that’s potentially going to have a positive impact on thousands or even millions of people’s lives,” says Dr Lyndell Lim, Head, Clinical Trials Research Centre.

“The patient sits at the centre of all the research that we do,” CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston says in the video.

“The new technologies that are allowing us to image the eye and measure the ocular function are going to have a major impact in our ability to diagnose and monitor eye disease.

“I’d like to see CERA have a tangible impact on combating eye disease, and that after another 10 years we could say we stopped even more people from losing their vision,” Professor Crowston adds.

Watch the video