Atrophic Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Expediting Translation of New Therapies to Clinical Care)

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Surgery
Location
Surgery, Ophthalmology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Zhichao Wu wu.z@unimelb.edu.au
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Robyn Guymer AM rh.guymer@unimelb.edu.au

Summary Patients who develop atrophic complications of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) currently face an inevitable future of progressive central vision loss since no effective treatments are available to prevent or slow the unrelenting degeneration of the retina. However, this prospect may soon change as new therapies are beginning to show promise for slowing disease progression in atrophic AMD, and several challenges need to be addressed to expedite their translation into clinical care.

Project Details

Patients who develop atrophic complications of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) currently face an inevitable future of progressive central vision loss since no effective treatments are available to prevent or slow the unrelenting degeneration of the retina. However, this prospect may soon change as new therapies are beginning to show promise for slowing disease progression in atrophic AMD, and several challenges need to be addressed to expedite their translation into clinical care.

These challenges include: (i) How can we best demonstrate that new treatments are meaningfully preserving visual function? (ii) How can we better predict the risk of losing central vision, to guide treatment decisions in the future? Projects are thus available to address these major challenges based on using data that has been, or is currently being collected, in prospective studies.




Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Surgery

Research Node

Surgery, Ophthalmology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

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