30 November, 2018

Congratulations to Dr Livia Carvalho from the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Professor Nigel Lovell from the University of NSW, Dr Michael O‘Connor from Western Sydney University, and Dr John De Roach from the Australian Inherited Retinal Disease Registry and DNA Bank, for being awarded Retina Australia Research Grants for 2019. These grants have a total value of $159,900.

This brings the total amount provided by Retina Australia for research since these grants were established twenty years ago, to more than $5.5 million dollars.

Dr Carvalho‘s project is entitled ― Dual AAV retinal gene therapy approach for Usher 1F treatment. Professor Lovell will be studying the topic ― Improving the global acceptance of retinal prostheses: Assessing the influence of different stages of retinal degeneration on selective activation of retinal ganglion cells; and Dr O‘Connor will be investigating ―the mechanism by which C.1 rescues some functions in Best Disease Retinal Pigment Epithelium.

The Australian Inherited Retinal Disease Registry and DNA Bank team under the leadership of Dr De Roach will continue their maintenance and development of the Registry and DNA Bank. We look forward to hearing reports of this work over the next twelve to eighteen months.

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