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    MDFA awarded a total funding pool of more than $1 million in May 2021 to eight exciting researchers, bringing our total investment in research to $5.1m since 2011.

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    Creating a stem cell bank

    This MDFA-funded project explored the genetic pathways leading to dry AMD, creating a bank of stem cells that researchers across the globe can access.


    Barriers to effective eye care

    This MDFA-funded study surveyed both patients and practitioners about the enablers and barriers to effective eye care.

    Lorin Nicholson with his son Tom

    Support life-changing research

    Your donations make MDFA the largest non-government source of macular disease research funding in Australia. Donate to our tax appeal to help support life-changing research.

    Fred Chen with a patient

    From the lab to the clinic: A/Prof Fred Chen

    MDFA Research Grant recipient A/Prof Fred Chen is working to find treatments and establish clinical pathways for patients with Stargardt disease.

    In the lab with A/Prof Wilson Heriot

    Is there a link between anti-malarial medication and macular degeneration?

    Prof Robyn Guymer conducting an eye exam

    Prof Robyn Guymer: Describing AMD

    With funding from MDFA’s Research Grants Program, Prof Robyn Guymer developed a new suite of state-of-the-art techniques to better describe early AMD.

    Prof Damien Harkin in the lab

    With an MDFA Research Grant, Professor Damien Harkin undertook a novel research project using a protein extracted from silk as a form of scaffold on which to grow new retinal tissue,

    Fight Retinal Blindness! Registry

    How Professor Mark Gillies’ ever-expanding digital database helps clinicians across the globe.

    The Best is yet to come

    Case study: A 14-year-old male was referred to CERA with a white-yellow macular lesion and suspicions of an inherited condition.