Macular Disease Foundation Australia was honoured to have the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health, Minister for Sport, announce the Foundation's successful recipients of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grants at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 9 October 2013.
The Minister awarded the grants, on behalf of the Foundation, in the famous Utzon Room of the Opera House against the backdrop of the “Through his Eyes” photo tribute to Sydney Opera House designer Jørn Utzon who lived with macular degeneration in his later life. The photos were generously supplied by his son Macular Disease Foundation Ambassador Jan Utzon, who along with Ambassador Jean Kittson, shared their stories of living with macular degeneration.
The two successful recipients of the prestigious Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grants, totalling $600,000 over 3 years, were Associate Professor Erica Fletcher of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne and Associate Professor Damien Harkin School of Biomedical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Eye Institute.