World Sight Day celebrated with $600K in research funding
Macular Disease Foundation Australia is celebrating World Sight Day (12 October) with a further commitment of $600,000 into some of Australia’s leading research in macular degeneration. This fourth round of Research Grant Program funding brings the Foundation’s total commitment to $3.6 million in research grants since our program was launched in 2011.
“Our latest round of grants are supporting exciting and innovative projects that will contribute to the body of evidence produced by Australian research to support the macular disease community”, said Macular Disease Foundation Australia CEO, Julie Heraghty.
The Foundation is investing in the possibility of developing a new model for testing dry AMD utilising human retinal cells derived from stem cells. We’re continuing funding into disease causation in the hope of developing a diagnostic blood test that will identify those at greatest risk for disease progression and a possible new avenue for treatment of dry AMD. And, for the first time, we are funding genetic work into the rare macular degeneration condition of Stargardt's disease that affects younger Australians
Friend of the Foundation and Stargardt’s patient voice, Erin Philpot, is reassured by the Foundation’s commitment to finding answers to this rare macular disease “Having lived with Stargardt’s disease since I was 17 years of age, I live in hope that research will not only directly benefit me, but that it will help another young person in the future”.
The Foundation’s Research Grant Program funds some of Australia’s leading research into age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The ultimate goal of the investment is to reduce the incidence and impact of the disease, which is Australia’s leading cause of low vision and blindness.
You can view the official media release here
To meet the 2017 Research Grant Program recipients and learn more about the individual researchers and their projects, read here
Read Erin's story of living with Stargardt's here
12 October 2017