RETINA AUSTRALIA FUNDS TWO RESEARCH PROJECTS
Retina Australia has been able to grant funding to two
research projects this year, both being
Firstly, Professor Ursula Greferath and her
team have been awarded $40,000 for their project to find a
treatment for degeneration of the retina. "Histamine
is known to cause an immune response in our body, often
leading to allergies. Recently histamine was found to act as
a messenger in the brain, carrying information from nerve to
nerve. We now have evidences of histamine directing the
proper development of the light sensors in our eye, the
photoreceptors. The aim is to find out exactly what role
histamine has in the regulation of photoreceptor
development/maintenance to be able to use that knowledge to
develop new ways to treat retinal disease."
The second grant of $23,600 was awarded to Dr Erica Fletcher
and her team whose research is also in search of a
how photoreceptors die is crucial for the development of
therapeutic agents that slow the progression of RP. The
research is aimed at examining in detail how the molecule,
ATP, causes photoreceptor death, and whether blockade of
this class of molecule slows photoreceptor death."
This funding is the result of a significant
fund-raising effort by RA supporters, especially in view of
the economic downturn experienced by the community in 2009.
It is also over and above the ongoing cost of
our national Inherited Disease Register and Data Bank for
families in Australia affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa and
other Retinal Dystrophies.
Apply for a Research Grant
NH&MRC / Retina Australia
Retina Australia in conjunction with the National Health
& Medical Research Council (NH&MRC), is offering up to two scholarships in the
field of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and other retinal dystrophies (excluding
The successful applicants will have a commitment to, or a track record in,
research into RP and other retinal dystrophies.
Applications for this scholarship should be submitted to
the NH&MRC via
www.nhmrc.gov.au between 1 May and the first Friday in August, each year.
For further information on Research Grants access the
National Retina Australia website and follow the links to