Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, awarded the inaugural research grants to combat Australia's leading cause of blindness.
A group of 80 attendees gathered at Admiralty House in Kirribilli, Sydney, for a morning tea hosted by the Governor-General.
Governor-General with grant recipients Professor Robyn Guymer, Professor Paul Mitchell and Dr Liubov Robman
Guests at the morning tea included The Hon. Jillian Skinner, NSW Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research; Jan Utzon, son of the late and greatly respected Jorn Utzon, architect of the Sydney Opera House; Foundation Ambassador and media personality Jean Kittson; The Foundation's Board of Directors, major sponsors, healthcare professionals and representatives of the macular degeneration community. Guests also had the opportunity to have their eyes tested thanks to Designs For Vision.
Governor-General with Jan Utzon
The inaugural Macular Degeneration Foundation Research Grants Program awarded pre-eminent world leading researchers nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to support crucial research to shed light on prevention and early detection in order to save the sight of many Australians.
The recipients of the major grants are:
Professor Paul Mitchell Director Centre for Vision Research Westmead Millennium Institute, The University of Sydney.
Professor Robyn Guymer Deputy Director Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne. Professor Guymer is supported by co-investigators, Associate Professor Paul Baird and Dr Chi Luu.
In addition, the Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Fellowship awarded to: Dr Liubov Robman Senior Research Fellow Centre for Eye Research Australia University of Melbourne.
Dr Liubov Robman, Professor Paul Mitchell, Professor Robyn Guymer and Associate Professor Paul Baird
Announcing the grant winners at Admiralty House in Sydney today, Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, CVO, said "The work of the Macular Degeneration Foundation is critical in raising public awareness of macular degeneration and slowing its prevalence. The Macular Degeneration Foundation, a charity, relies on much community support in spreading the message" she said.
We need to find answers as to why macular degeneration is sending so many Australians blind. We know research works helping to find reasons and answers for diseases and ultimately – a cure. We're investing in critical research by pre-eminent world experts, to help ensure that all Australians can see a future."
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