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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Five year partnership to combat diabetic retinopathy

Date posted: 11 February 2014

The Fred Hollows Foundation is pleased to announce a new five year partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to combat diabetic retinopathy.

Through the partnership, the NHMRC and The Fred Hollows Foundation will support research focusing on diabetic retinopathy by calling for applications for a Centre of Research Excellence scheme. A Centre of Research Excellence grant is worth $2.5 million over five years.

By 2035 it is predicted that diabetes could be one of the leading causes of blindness. It is already the leading cause of blindness among working age adults.

The world is facing an epidemic of diabetic retinopathy which will overload the already inadequate eye care services in poor countries. Diabetes is not like cataract; there is no quick fix. An innovative and collaborative approach is therefore required globally to tackle this huge problem.

All people with diabetes should have an annual eye test.

Source: Fred Hollows Foundation


Last updated: 5 February 2014
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