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CERA researchers scoop prestigious ORIA awards

The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) recently announced its grant recipients for 2018. The Centre for Eye Research Australia scooped the awards pool with 5 of our researchers awarded grants to support their work this year.

Dr Raymond Wong will receive a grant for ‘Building a reference transcriptomic atlas for the human retina at a single cell level’.

Dr Isabel Lopez Sanchez will receive an award for ‘Identification of therapeutic transcriptomic markers in Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy‘.

Dr Thomas Edwards award is for ‘A pre-clinical gene therapy study for Bietti crystalline dystrophy’.

Dr Flora Hui will receive her award for a study entitled: ‘Does NAD+ repletion with nicotinamide produce short-term improvement in visual function in early glaucoma?’

Dr George Kong’s award is for ‘Monitoring of Visual Fields at Home using a Portable Tablet Device.’

“I am delighted with this news as this clutch of important awards for 2018 makes CERA a stand-out organisation achieving success in what is a highly competitive and prestigious annual grant scheme”, said Professor Jonathan Crowston, Managing Director of CERA.

The ORIA is the research arm of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists supporting research into all major eye diseases. Research grants are made available annually through its invested funds which have accumulated by way of bequests and donations as well as from its fundraising arm, The Eye Surgeons’ Foundation.