Talented young QEI scientist awarded scholarship for ground breaking eye research

24 February 2014

Queensland Eye Institute is excited to announce Ms Audra Shadforth, one our talented postgraduate students, has been awarded a Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The NHRMC is Australia’s leading body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards, providing  research funding.

Funds are awarded to the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme (PGS), “to support outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive, and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.”

The scholarship application process itself is highly competitive, with 222 students applying for 2014 funding.

QUT student, Ms Shadforth, is in the middle of her PhD studies at the Queensland Eye Institute, where she is working on replicating the sub-retinal architecture of the eye in the laboratory. In the future she hopes her work will contribute to the development of an implant that may be used to halt or prevent blindness that can occur as a result of changes to the retina with ageing.

Queensland Eye Institute is committed to providing excellence in research, education and clinical care to reduce eye disease, improve eye health, and ultimately eliminate preventable blindness in the community.