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The University of Melbourne

CERA has grown out of the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology, which was established in 1963. The Department and CERA continue to work closely together today and share space, staff appointments and resources. Both entities have been located at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital since their inception.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

CERA is based within the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, together with the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology. Both are closely affiliated with each other and with the Hospital. In this partnership, research, teaching and training are embedded in a clinical setting. This integrated approach strongly supports translation of research into clinical practice.

The Centre for Eye Research Australia is an active member and project partner in a number of eye health collaborations and networks.

Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

In an Australian first, leading researchers have come together to take biomedical research on a fast track to success. The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) will establish the first biomedical engineering research and education centre in Australia. The centre brings together hospitals, universities and medical research institutes. Through concurrent research and development collaborative work practices, the ACMD’s goals are to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the community (such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and dementia) through advances in biomedical engineering, and create new, world-leading industries in device creation, tissue engineering and drug design and delivery. CERA is a proud partner in the ACMD.

Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

Bionic Vision Australia

Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) is a partnership of world-leading Australian research institutions collaborating to develop an advanced retinal prosthesis, or bionic eye, to restore vision for people with degenerative or inherited retinal disease. CERA is a core partner of the consortium that also includes the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the Bionic Ear Institute, and NICTA. CERA researchers are responsible for the surgical and clinical research sub-programs. Read more about our Bionic Eye Research.

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Lions Eye Health Program

The Lions Eye Health Program provides information and resources on eye health to community-based organisations through the Lions network via a website and printed materials.

Lions Eye Health Program

Vision Cooperative Research Centre

CERA is one of four core partners who have been working together since 2003 in the successful Vision CRC.


Vision 2020 Australia

CERA is an active member of Vision 2020 Australia, a national membership body of some 50 eye health and vision impairment support organisations working in partnership to prevent avoidable blindness and improve vision care. CERA is part of the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium that is partnering with the Australian Government to help eliminate avoidable blindness in the Pacific under the AusAID funded ‘Avoidable Blindness Initiative’.

Vision 2020 Australia

World Health Organization

CERA is a designated WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness, the only such centre in Australia. Professor Mingguang He is the Director of the Collaborating Centre and Dr Andreas Mueller is the Deputy Director . The Terms of Reference for the Collaborating Centre are:

  1. To participate actively in the development of activities for the prevention of blindness.
  2. To provide facilities for the training of personnel at different professional levels, especially from developing countries.
  3. To conduct applied field research on the epidemiology, management and operational aspects of avoidable blindness.
  4. To foster a multidisciplinary approach to the promotion of eye health and to the delivery of eye care, including rehabilitation, to all.
  5. To participate in the collection, elaboration and distribution of pertinent information.

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