Scientific & Medical Advisory Committee and Grants Advisory Committee

Chair of the Grants Advisory Committee.

Professor John Grigg is Head of the Speciality of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Save Sight Institute Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney.

He completed ophthalmology training on the Sydney Eye Hospital program. Fellowships in paediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma and visual electrophysiology were undertaken in Australia and the UK.

He has clinical responsibilities at Sydney Eye Hospital including: inherited retinal diseases and glaucoma clinics. At the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Westmead he leads inherited retinal disease clinics as well as subspecialized paediatric multidisciplinary clinics.

An important role that Professor Grigg leads and has expanded is the clinical visual electrophysiology and multimodal ophthalmic imaging services at Save Sight Institute, Sydney University Sydney Eye Hospital campus and at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. These units provide the detailed understanding of the ocular phenotype that is required for diagnosis, guidance for clinical genetics management including genetic testing and interpretation of uncertain genetic results. Professor Grigg is a member of the Ocular Genetics Multidisciplinary Team that reviews uncertain genetic molecular testing results, now a national group of experts in Clinical Genetics, molecular science and ophthalmology.

Prof Grigg is a member of the Eye genetics research group Save Sight Institute, Children’s Medical Research Institute and Children’s Hospital Westmead. His main areas of research are in inherited retinal diseases, electrophysiology of the visual system, health economic impact of inherited retinal diseases and novel inherited retinal disease clinical trial endpoints.

He is a founding member of Ocular Gene and Cell therapies Australia established by New South Wales Health to implement novel therapies for inherited eye diseases. This has led to the successful introduction of gene replacement therapy for multiple individuals with RPE65 related retinopathy.

Professor Grigg is the Principle investigator for a number of clinical trials for inherited retinal diseases including Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Achromatopsia and Retinitis Pigmentosa Prof Grigg has authored numerous publications and textbook chapters on inherited retinal diseases, visual electrophysiology, glaucoma and paediatric eye disease. He is the Paediatric Ophthalmology section editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology 2017- current and Section Editor of Documenta Ophthalmologica.

He has been the Postgraduate coursework Program Director Faculty of Medicine and Health for the Discipline of Ophthalmology from 2008. During this time, he has overseen the expansion of the postgraduate program including degree programs in ophthalmic basic science, international ophthalmology, refractive surgery. These degree programs have been expanded with short course offerings in microsurgery, paediatric ophthalmology, and visual electrophysiology.


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