ORIA TO ASSESS 52 PROJECTS FOR POTENTIAL FUNDING IN 2018

The ORIA has received applications from 52 project teams throughout Australia requesting funding for medical eye research during 2018.

Decisions on which projects can be funded will be made following the peer review process and the assessments of the ORIA’s Research Advisory Committee in September 2017.


ORIA – SUPPORTING MACULAR DEGENERATION RESEARCH THROUGH THE RICHARD AND INA HUMBLEY FOUNDATION

The ORIA is delighted to announce the first two ORIA/Richard and Ina Humbley Foundation Grants which have just commenced from the beginning of 2017.  The two project recipients are:

Dr Fred Chen from the Lions Eye Institute in Perth for his project Stem Cell Therapy for Age Related Macular Degeneration, and

Dr Jia Jia Lek, from CERA in Melbourne, for Reticular pseudo-drusen (RPD):  A high-risk factor for vision loss in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Dr Lek is also one of three New Investigators receiving project funding support during 2017.

The generous legacy from the Humbleys will be used annually in support of research into macular degeneration.



ORIA CONTINUES TO BE IN THE FOREFRONT OF SUPPORTING RESEARCH INTO EYE DISEASE

The ORIA announced it’s project funding during 2016 at the Institute’s AGM in Wellington, New Zealand during November.

For details - ORIA PROJECT FUNDING IN 2016.

We are grateful to The Eye Surgeons’ Foundation and the RANZCO NSW Branch for providing support once again for medical eye research and the ORIA.  This has enabled the Institute to support over $3million in research funding in three years.

The ORIA is also thankful to previous and new benefactors.  The Institute received bequests of over $2million during the last year.  As a non-profit making organisation and with no government support, the ORIA is proud to support research into all types of eye conditions for the benefit of all Australians.  Pictured below are Helena Liang, Duncan Crombie, Alice Pebay, Alex Hewitt and Ray Wong.  Drs. Crombie, Pebay and Wong have received funding support from the ORIA during 2016.

Photo courtesy of CERA

 

 


Most “Useful” Reviewer 2016 for 2017

 

This year, we secured around 113 peer reviews for our 2017 assessments.  The advice from our reviewers is invaluable.  Dr Thomas Campbell who works out of the Gold Coast Hospital and the University of Queensland was deemed our ‘most useful’ reviewer.  Tom nominates surfing as his favourite pastime.  He has received a MBBS UQ, MSc Neuroscience Oxford and a DPhil Neuroscience, University of Oxford and his long term goal is to work in both medical practice, academic research and teaching with a particular interest in indigenous and outreach ophthalmology services.

 


ORIA RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT BEQUEST TO FUND RESEARCH INTO MACULAR DEGENERATION

The ORIA was thrilled to learn of the generosity of Mr Richard Humbley who sadly died towards the end of 2014.  As part of his estate, Mr Humbley stipulated the formation of the Richard and Ina Humbley Foundation with the sole beneficiary being the ORIA.  The income from this Foundation will be used in the future to support the ORIA’s annual funded research into macular degeneration in the hope of both assisting in alieviating symptoms for sufferers of the disease, and helping to add to the knowledge in finding a cure.  We are indebted to the Humbleys and, along with the Trustees of the Richard and Ina Humbley Foundation, proud to carry out their wishes.

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ORIA SUPPORTING EYE HEALTH RESEARCH IN REMOTE AUSTRALIA

The ORIA and the RANZCO Eye Foundation are excited to be co-funding a New Investigator Grant in 2014 for Dr Angus Turner and Dr Roderick O’Day.  Their award, ORIA New Investigator/REF George and Carmel Leader Grant is for their project, Collaborative Care between ophthalmologists and optometrists using telehealth for better eye care in remote Australia.

Dr Angus Turner recipient, with Dr Roderick O'Day of the ORIA New Investigator/REF George and Carmel Leader Grant