Following significant interest, the Future Vision Foundation is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the first round of grant funding.
Launched in 2021 by Vision Eye Institute, the not-for-profit research foundation encourages and supports the research efforts of staff and associated clinicians. This includes staff with little-to-no formal research experience but who are keen to improve diagnosis, treatments and/or healthcare experiences for patients with eye conditions.
Seventeen applications were reviewed by the Foundation’s advisory committee using criteria based on current NHMRC guidelines.
A shortlist was then considered by the distinguished board of directors, including A/Prof Tim Roberts, Ms Fiona Davies, Mr Joe Redner, Mr James Thiedeman and Prof Fiona Stapleton.
The full list of successful applications is available below. All research projects are required to undergo the appropriate ethics approval.
Vale Richard Grills
Future Vision Foundation would also like to acknowledge the contribution made by Mr Richard Grills, not only to the Foundation’s advisory committee but to the ophthalmic industry in general.
Mr Grills founded Designs For Vision in 1978, starting with two optical dispensing outlets before switching to become a distributor of ophthalmic products in 1982. Designs For Vision (now a Paragon Care brand) remains one of the leading distributors of ophthalmic and optometric products throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Grills passed away on 12 July 2022.