This committee’s function is to inform and advise Retina Australia about worldwide scientific and medical developments pertaining to inherited retinal diseases. The Scientific & Medical Advisory Committee comprises Retina Australia’s two appointed delegates to the Retina International Scientific and Medical Advisory Board and the Chair of Retina Australia’s Grants Advisory Committee. One or more additional members may be co-opted by the Committee or appointed by the Board, if so desired.
The Grants Advisory Committee examines and makes recommendations about grant applications that are received from the Retina Australia Research Grants Program. Retina Australia provides annual research grants in Australia and New Zealand for scientific and medical research relevant to the causes, treatment, prevention or cure of inherited retinal diseases.
Applications for these grants are considered and ranked by the Grants Advisory Committee. These rankings, and associated reports, are taken into account by the Retina Australia Board in determining the allocation of grants from available funds for the calendar year following the application. The Board appoints a Chair for this Committee, who provides the names and qualifications of other suitably qualified persons to be members of the Committee. No Committee member may be a current year grantee or a grant applicant for the following calendar year. No more than one person from any one institution is appointed to membership of the Committee in any one year. The Chair may also call on suitably qualified peer reviewers to provide expert comment on individual applications in order to assist the Committee in their consideration and ranking of the applications.