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Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)

The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting research into the causes of eye disease and the prevention of blindness. ORIA was founded in 1953 by a group of eye doctors concerned with the need to advance eye research in Australia. Since then, ORIA has distributed millions of dollars to advance eye research.

ORIA has a wide focus on supporting research into all major eye diseases, as opposed to focusing on a single eye disease.

Research grants are made available annually through ORIA’s available funds, which are sourced through bequests and donations from individuals and organisations.  A large proportion of these funds have come from people whose sight has been saved as a result of advances in eye care, and who wish to express their appreciation in a tangible way.

Research grants awarded each year have enabled many ophthalmologists and vision scientists working in university departments to improve the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases through clinical research.

ORIA conforms to the highest corporate governance standards with its fully audited annual financial statements and reports publicly available.

ORIA is the research arm of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) whilst maintaining its own independent corporate structure.

For more information, please visit the ORIA website.

ORIA Annual Report 2018-2019



Dr Fred ChenAntisense oligonucleotide mediated
modulation of CNOT3 to treat RP11
Esme Anderson
Dr Stuart KeelArtificial intelligence based screening
of eye diseases
ORIA New Investigator
Prof Justine SmithDengue Virus Infection of Retinal
Pigment Epithelium
Richard and Ina Humbley
Dr Vivek GuptaRexinoid and Retinoid X receptors
in glaucoma
Ivy May Stephenson
Prof Robert CassonPhotobiomodulation for retinitis
Hardie Anselmi
Prof Alex HewittInvestigating the role of a novel
locus associated with the
development of Giant Cell Arteritis
R & L Lowe Grant
Dr Elaine ChongDescemetorhexis for Fuchs’
Endothelial Dystrophy
ORIA grant
Dr Guei-Sheung LiuSwitchable Gene Therapy for
Controlled Intervention in Neovascular
Dr Yuyi YouOptic nerve damage in neuromyolitis
optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)
and multiple sclerosis (MS)
Prof Stephanie WatsonThe cellular mechanism of UV damage
to the corneal epithelium
ORIA Grant
Dr WengOnn ChanA novel calpain antagonist in retinal
ORIA New Investigator
Dr Mark HassallAAV gene therapy for ganglion cell
neuroprotection in glaucoma
ORIA New Investigator
Dr Nilisha FernandoExamining the therapeutic potential
of microRNAs to regulate inflammasome
activation in retinal degenerations
ORIA New Investigator Grant

Last updated: November 8, 2019

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