In 2011 the Foundation awarded its inaugural research grants, totalling $694,000 over three years, at an event hosted by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia at Admiralty House on 13 October 2011.
Additionally the Foundation awarded its inaugural 12-month Blackmores Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship.
The 2011 Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grants were awarded to:
Professor Paul Mitchell, Westmead Millennium Institute Sydney, whose project focuses on identifying risk factors for late age-related macular degeneration in people who already have significant disease
Professor Robyn Guymer, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Melbourne, whose project uses a battery of new diagnostic technologies to identify physical characteristics (phenotypes) which are predictive of a high risk of disease progression.
Blackmores Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship
The Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship was launched in 2011 in recognition of the Foundation's Founding Director, Dr Paul Beaumont AO. The Foundation is most grateful to Blackmores for supporting this Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded to researchers based in eligible Australian institutions to pursue research into nutritional and/or lifestyle aspects of macular degeneration, consistent with the mission of the Foundation to reduce the incidence and impact of macular degeneration.
In 2011 the Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Fellowship was awarded to:
- Dr Liubov Robman, Centre for Eye Research Australia University of Melbourne. Dr Robman’s project focuses on dietary patterns and risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Read more about the research awards event at Admiralty House.