Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


CMRI Scientists Receive an Award at The Enchanted Ball


Two senior scientists from Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) received an award for a new collaboration at The Enchanted Ball in Melbourne on the weekend.

Professor Robyn Jamieson and Dr Leszek Lisowski were presented with a funding award from Financial Markets Foundation for Children at their prestigious event held on Friday night.

Their project,  Curing Blindness in Children Using Gene Delivery Vectors that Target Human Retina, offers hope to children and their families who are facing blindness due to genetic eye diseases. They are creating a means to cure what was once believed incurable.
Using advances in vector and genomic technology, Jamieson and Lisowski are developing new ways to efficiently and safely deliver therapeutic genes to affected cells in paediatric patients, to stop disease progression before irreversible blindness can occur.
Gene therapy is one of the most promising technologies for curing blinding eye diseases, but is in early development. That is why this project is so important.

Dr Lisowski is Research Group Leader, Translational Vectorology Group (TVG) and Manager, Vector and Genome Engineering Facility (VGEF) at CMRI. He is a world expert in vector-based gene delivery technologies and works closely with paediatrician and renowned gene therapy expert, Professor Ian Alexander, of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and CMRI.

This project leverages existing collaborations, clinical front-line connections, and the expertise of genetics expert, Professor Robyn Jamieson, Director of the Western Sydney Genetics program and Head of CMRI’s Eye Genetics Unit.

The Enchanted Ball is a major fundraising event for The Financial Markets Foundation for Children, which was founded in 1990 by The Reserve Bank, as well as Westpac, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and The National Australia Bank. In that time, the foundation has awarded funds to 244 research projects across Australia.

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