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Clem Jones Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Macular Degeneration Research at Bond

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness. With an ageing population, the number of people living with the disease will increase. 
  • AMD is recognised as a disease highly amenable to stem cell therapy. A stem cell therapy for AMD is now considered one of the most viable applications of stem cells in the field of regenerative medicine. Transplantation of stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells is used to halt or reverse vision loss by preventing death of photoreceptors. 
  • Associate Professor Nigel Barnett discusses AMD and his research into age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the western world.

Our History

The Clem Jones Centre for Regenerative Medicine was first established in 2011 through funding from the Clem Jones Foundation. Clem Jones AO was the longest serving Lord Mayor of Brisbane and a successful business man and philanthropist. Since his death, his Estate and Foundation have funded medical research, notably in the area of macular degeneration, since Clem Jones himself suffered the disease in his later years. The Clem Jones Foundation continues to partially fund the work of the Centre, but the continuation of research is also dependent on government grant funding and donations from the public.

About the Centre

Dr Nigel Barnett in a lab coat sitting in an infrared lab

The Clem Jones Centre for Regenerative Medicine

The Centre supports studies in the broader field of regenerative medicine and stem cell biology, combining stem cell science, biomaterials, tissue engineering, tissue regeneration, intelligent drug delivery, immunity and inflammation, and advanced surgery.

Research areas of interest include retinal diseases and degeneration, advanced therapies for vision loss, enhancement of hematopoiesis during ageing and disease, and regeneration of tissues from stem cells.




Research activities in the Centre

Research support

Fluorescence angiography
A wholemount of a mouse retina showing CFP-expressing ganglion cell bodies and their axons converging towards the optic nerve head

Research Centre

Contact us

Helen O'Neill

  • Level 4, Building 5, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University