Ophthalmologic research and eye-pathology

Established in 2020, SARKS Eye-archive and Digital Biobank at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is the result a lifelong ambition of two passionate ophthalmologists, Drs Shirley and John Sarks.

Across several decades, this husband and wife team collected and collated material for research purposes, and to gain an understanding of ocular and retinal diseases. In the process they developed the largest clinico-pathological collection of eye-tissue in the world.

Housed within the St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research (AMR) and overseen by SydPath, this valuable ocular data will now be digitised with the aim of making it accessible for researchers and clinicians worldwide. This will help improve treatment protocols and patient outcomes for patients suffering eye diseases.

The SARKS Eye-archive and Digital Biobank program

Funding is key to the successful implementation of this program and will enable

  • Salary support for a Research Fellowship and Administrative Assistant
  • Clinicopathological research using data from the archive
  • Digitisation of the archive as a comprehensive digital bio-bank
  • International collaboration, making this resource available worldwide

Dr John Sarks alongside Dr Elsa Toumi, St Vincent’s Research Fellow

Expanding ophthalmology at St Vincent’s

Alongside this core project the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation seeks to provide matched funding to enhance resources across the eye-pathology spectrum including support for studies into the causes of other eye-diseases such as ocular oncology.

We need your help to continue to improve treatment protocols and outcomes for patients suffering age-related macular degeneration, ocular oncology and diabetic retinopathy.

Donate today and help us build capacity in our work across ophthalmologic research and eye pathology.

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