$600,000 awarded for Macular Disease Research

MDFA has awarded a further $600,000 to three leading researchers in a prestigious event held at Admiralty House, the Governor-General of Australia’s residence in Sydney, on World Sight Day (10 October).


The successful recipients of MDFA’s Research Grants Program, which aims to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease, were announced by His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia.


Macular disease is the country’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss, affecting over 1.7 million people.


“We are excited to be investing in three very different and equally important projects – all of which are making valuable contributions to tackling macular disease,” said the MDFA’s CEO, Dee Hopkins.


“This year one of our researchers is focusing on diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Diabetes-related vision loss is around five times higher among Indigenous Australians, so it’s vital that we investigate the science, impact and mitigation of inequity and disadvantage.”