Centre for Eye Research Australia

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is Australia’s leading eye research institute, dedicated to eliminating the major eye diseases that cause vision loss and blindness and to reducing their impact on the community.

CERA’s comprehensive research program incorporates clinical, genetic and laboratory research into eye disease. Its population health research focuses on improving support and rehabilitation for people with vision loss.

In addition to treating eye disease and preventing vision loss, CERA is leading the way in vision regeneration research through our work in cytoprotection pharmacology and stem cell research.

CERA’s Managing Director, Professor Jonathan Crowston, leads a team of over 130 clinician-scientists, researchers, students and support staff.

The research program is conducted by ten units.

• Clinical Genetics

• Cytoprotection Pharmacology

• Drug Delivery

• Glaucoma Research

• Health Services and Ocular Epidemiology Research

• Macular Research

• Neuroregeneration

• Ocular Genetics

• Population Health

• Surgical Research

Through its affiliation with the University of Melbourne and links to the Royal Victorian College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), CERA is helping to train the next generation of eye specialists.

CERA is located at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. The setting provides the ideal environment to conduct its world renowned translational research.

In 2011, a benchmarking exercise showed that CERA, and its affiliated University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology, ranked fourth in productivity among eye research groups internationally, on the basis of volume, quality and impact of scientific publications output.