A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into macular disease through the Save Sight Institute at the University of Sydney.

The Save Sight Institute was established in 1985 and has grown to be one of the top three ophthalmic research institutes in Australia. The institute is located on the campus of Sydney Eye Hospital. It is internationally recognised as a centre of innovative research into ophthalmology and as a centre of excellence for clinical research, learning, and teaching. The Save Sight Institute has gathered together clinicians, researchers, equipment, and technology which are unique within the University of Sydney.

The Macular Research Group focuses on the involvement of Muller cells in retinal health and disease. Muller cells are the main supporting glial, or supporting, cells of retina. We are researching how Muller cell dysfunction causes retinal diseases. We believe that oxidative stress may play a role, since the retina, exposed to light, has one of the highest levels of oxidative stress in the body and Muller cells provide much of the antioxidants. The scholarship available in the Macula Research Group is to study how dysfunction of Muller cells affects the health of the light-detecting photoreceptor cells. This project involves running a library of candidate compounds through a high throughout molecular screening system to identify those that can upregulate the expression of antioxidative genes in Muller cells. The candidate compounds will then be validated in animal models with a view to clinical use. This project has real potential to find novel treatments for retinal diseases.

For more information on the Macular Research Group please see their website at this link.

The scholarship is funded by a gift from Ms Jane Borton.

Open to:

  • The scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in full-time studies in a PhD at the University of Sydney.
  • Applicants must be willing to undertake research into macular disease through the Save Sight Institute at the University of Sydney.
  • Applicants must have knowledge, skills and experience in cell biology and molecular biology, with a particular interest in pphthalmic or neuroscience research.
  • Applicants should have an Honours degree in biomedical science or a related field.

Value & Duration:

The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $25,000 per annum for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to one year.

    If the successful applicant is a current holder or successful in receiving one of the below awards then the scholarship will be a supplementary scholarship with a stipend valued at up to $20,000 per annum for up to four years, and $5000 for research related costs.

    • Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship,
    • University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) Scholarship,
    • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Scholarship

    Further Information: Terms and Conditions

    Applications for this scholarship have closed.