Research impact

Research impact

Our work in an ever-changing world

We are known for our ‘can do’ translational ability. Our research achievements are supported by a wide array of dedicated researchers, research assistants and postgraduate students.

We improve health care outcomes through:

  • Building collaborative programs that leverage clinicians’ expertise and researchers’ innovation
  • Training world-class scientists and fostering their ambitions in internationally-competitive research
  • Developing the hard and soft infrastructure to sustain research and careers, including diversified income sources, world-class laboratories, and equipment and other research support activities.

Research focus areas

Glaucoma: identifying the underlying physiology of glaucoma including pressures in and around the eye, to develop new treatments using drugs, laser surgery and diagnostics with novel image analysis to save sight.
Diabetic and vascular retinopathies: developing new techniques for the detection and monitoring of early to late changes in diabetic and other retinal blood vessel disorders, and treatments to prevent vision loss in patients with these conditions.
Aboriginal and community eye research: more effectively detecting and treating common non-reversible diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma in remote, rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia and developing countries, through better screening, access to care and rapid implementation of new treatments.
Genetic eye disease, gene therapies and macular degeneration: reducing blindness due to conditions of singular genetic eye diseases, through a greater understanding of genetic causes of eye disease, leading to treatments and therapies with novel gene enhancement and replacement therapies.
Cornea, ocular surface and ocular immunology: improving the understanding and treatments for common conditions affecting the normal clear surface of the eye, including viral infections using treatments that modify the body’s immune system reactions.


Year in review

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