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Professor John Grigg


Sydney Hospital Foundation and Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, NSW

Professor John Grigg is head of the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, The Univeristy of Sydney's Save Sight Institute. He has clinical responsibilities at Sydney Eye Hospital including inherited eye disease and glaucoma clinics, as well as The Children's Hospital Westmead, Sydney. Professor Grigg leads the clinical visual electrophysiology service at Sydney Eye hospital and Children's Hospital at Westmead. The internationall recofnised servie provides diagnoses for people with unexplained visual loss. He is a member of the Eye Genetics Research Group, Save Sight Institute, Children's Medical Research Institute and Children's Hospital at Westmead. His main areas of research are in inherited retinal diseases, glaucoma and electrophysiology of the visual system. He is Chief Investigator on several NHMRC grants investigating new therapies for inherited retinal disorders.


Associate Professor Matthew Simunovic


Sydney Eye Hospital and Save Sight Institute. University of Sydney, NSW

Associate Professor Matthew Simunovic is an eye surgeon specialising in surgery and diseases of the retina and vitreous in children and adults. He is a Fellow of the Royal Austalian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) and has been elected to the Macula Society, USA. He is a vitreoretinal surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital and the Sydney Cihldren's Hospitals Network, and holds academic appointments at the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney. A/Professor Simunovic's clinical practice focuses on vitreoretinal surgery and medical retinal disorders, including inherited retinal and vitreoretinal disease. In addition, he is actively involved in laboratory and clinicl research into emerging treatments for retinal disease and experimental vitreoretinal surgery. Matthew's research has resulted in clinical tests for retinal dystrophy patients which are currently employed at the NIH, Moorfields Eye Hospital, the University of Tübingen and the University of Oxford. He holds a 5-year Career Development Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindess, USA for a project entitled Structure, Function, Gene Therapy and Surgery in Retinal Dystrophies.


Professor Robyn Jamieson


Children's Medical Research Institute and Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, NSW

Professor Robyn Jamieson is Head of the Eye Genetics Research Unit at the Children's Medical Research Institute, Sydney Childrens' Hospital Network and Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney. She leads the Eye Genetic Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, and Head, Discipline of Genomic Medicine, University of Sydney. Professor Jaamieson leads a research team in genomic, functional genomic and therapeutic approaches for blinding genetic eye diseases. Her research has a particular focus on inherited retinal diseasses inclduing translation of genomic testing to clinical care. Her research laboratory uses stem-cell based retinal organoids as disease models for investigation of novel genetic therapies in retinal diseases. She has led a number of NHMRC and other national research projects investigating retinal disease mechanisms, and these are leading to development of novel therapies for genetic retinal diseases. 




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