Help us find a cure to save vision
Help us find a cure to save vision
Announcing one of Australia’s largest eye health research commitments



To celebrate its 10 year anniversary the Macular Degeneration Foundation has announced its single largest research commitment with the establishment of the Macular Degeneration Foundation Research Grants Program to raise $10 million over the next 10 years to help find a cure for blindness from the disease.

The Foundation has taken up the challenge to find the reasons and answers for this disease with an initial research allocation of $1.5 million over the next three years. In addition, an annual $40,000 Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship will be awarded in honour of Dr Paul Beaumont, the Foundation’s Founding Director.

"This research takes us a step closer to finding a cure. We need to see a future without Macular Degeneration. Government, the Macular Degeneration Foundation and the community need to support investment in research because, as our population quickly ages, very soon everyone will know someone who is at risk of blindness from this disease" said Julie Heraghty, Chief Executive Officer, Macular Degeneration Foundation.

A national survey commissioned by the Macular Degeneration Foundation found that 89 per cent agree that donating to research on Macular Degeneration is a good way to help find a cure for this debilitating eye disease.

Leading business woman, journalist, author and Patron of the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Ita Buttrose said, “In the last 10 years the Foundation has achieved so much in building awareness about the importance of people having their eyes tested and macula checked on a regular basis, and about the positive benefits of nutrition and lifestyle as a preventative step to getting the disease. A massive investment in research could make a huge impact on saving the sight of Australians who are at risk of this disease.”

Founding director and leading Australian retina specialist Dr Paul Beaumont said, “Over the past decade significant advances have been made in better diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

“I never thought it would be possible in my lifetime to say to a patient that I could save their vision. It has been only through research that we have been able to do this and now further research may help us realise the dream – to find a cure.”

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