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Eye, skin and bone treatment research selected for fundraising boost

April 09, 2020


The Foundation is delighted to announce the four recipients of our 2020 Matched Funding Program.

  • Dr Tom Edwards from the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and The University of Melbourne is working on gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases.
  • Professor John Bateman from Murdoch Children's Research Institute is researching genetic disorders of bone and cartilage.
  • Professor Mark Shackleton is from the Cancer Development and Treatment Group Laboratory at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University. Mark seeks to develop new treatments for the skin pigment disorder vitiligo and for melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer.
  • Associate Professor Mike Doran from Queensland University of Technology at the Translational Research Institute is working in collaboration with the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Woman's Hospital and at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Mike is exploring the potential of stem cells to promote healing in long bones.

The Program aims to help Australian researchers fast-track potential stem cell therapies to clinical trials.

Under the Program, we will match any donation we receive from an approved donor (or donors) up to a maximum of $50,000 with up to $50,000 dollars of our own funds, to potentially provide a total of $100,000 for each project.

We look forward to sharing more information about each researcher, their project, and how you can help in the near future.

In the mean time, you can support our existing matched funding projects supporting James Chong's heart research or Bernie Tuch's type 1 diabetes research.

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