Our research has identified associations between several genes and higher rates of diabetic retinopathy.
Although not typically associated, both inflammation and abnormal blood vessel development are characteristics of diabetic retinopathy. Research within the department is also exploring the intersection between these two components, with a specific focus on the evaluation of inflammatory molecules and their novel role in abnormal retinal blood vessel development.
Funding provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council:
- Centre for Research Excellence: Diabetic Retinopathy - Closing the Loop for Diabetic Eye Care and Complication Risk Mitigation.
- 1094399 Epidemiological and molecular risk factors for diabetic retinopathy blindness
Funding provided through the Australia Research Council Future Fellowships:
- Molecular activities of retinal endothelial cells, retinal disease processes, biological therapies to address efficacy and safety deficiencies of current treatments.