$35 million to fight blindness with artificial corneas

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting next generation technology that aims to fight blindness with bioengineered corneas.

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Corneal disease is the third most common form of blindness. But for every 70 patients that need a transplant around the world, just one donor cornea is available. 

The University of Sydney will receive $35 million to establish a manufacturing facility that will produce, store and ship artificial corneas nationally and overseas. 

Funding is from the MRFF’s Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative, which supports researchers to pursue big ideas and develop new health and medical breakthroughs.

Read the media release for more information.

Learn about the 2022 Frontier Health and Medical Research grant opportunity which will provide $400 million over 9 years for:

  • for ambitious, exploratory and ground-breaking programs of research (‘moonshots’)
  • that deliver treatments for serious and incurable health conditions through a series of linked projects.

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