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Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grant Recipient

Professor Mark Gillies
Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney

Awarded: Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grant for $400,000 over a 3 years.

Project title: How to get the best outcomes of treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration with vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors: Real world evidence.

Project summary: This project is a continuation of the "Fight Retinal Blindness!" (FRB!) study, which has been running since 2007. This project involves a large web-based database tracking over 5000 patients being treated by over 50 ophthalmologists. More patients and clinicians are continually being added. The database provides a large repository of real world outcomes and enables testing of multiple clinical questions, comparing treatments and regimens for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other similar conditions.

The project will provide strong, real-world evidence on several key clinical questions, including whether there is any difference in duration of effect between treatments, the effects of reducing treatment frequency, and recommendations that can be made to patients regarding longer term prognosis.

About the researcher: Professor Gillies, MB BS, PhD, FRANZCO, is Professor in the Department of Clinical Ophthalmology, The University of Sydney, and Group Leader, Macular Research Group, Save Sight Institute. He has extensive experience in leading and collaborating in clinical and laboratory research projects. He is the leader of the Fight Retinal Blindness! Project, an international observational study tracking outcomes of treatment for macular disease.

8 October 2015