PROF Robyn Guymer

PROF Robyn Guymer


  • Macular Degeneration - Ophthalmology



  • Robyn Guymer is Professor of Ophthalmology at Melbourne University and a deputy director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia. She is also a senior retinal specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She is a clinician scientist who leads a team of researchers primarily investigating Age related macular degeneration (AMD) and has co-authored over 300 peer reviewed papers. She is currently investigating new strategies for treating early stages of AMD and is working to identify novel imaging and functional biomarkers and surrogate endpoints to improve the feasibility of conducting early intervention trials. She has been a principal investigator in many industry sponsored trials, serves on several pharmaceutical advisory boards and is a member of several international working groups on macular diseases. She is an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Guymer was awarded the NHMRC’s 2016 Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship for the top ranked female research fellowship in clinical medicine. In June 2018 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia AM for significant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology, particularly age related macular degeneration as a clinician, academic and researcher.   


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2016-2020 NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (GNT1103013) $828,300.00 - Age-related macular degeneration: A cause and a cure 2018-2221 NHMRC Project Grant (APP1138253): $933,952.80 - Novel mechanisms of early age related macular degeneration. 2017-2019 NHMRC Project Grant (APP1120095): $786,741.90 - The role of reduced phagocytosis in the pathogenesis of Age-related Macular Degeneration. Bright Focus Foundation - US$160,000 - Reconstituted high density lipoprotein (rHDL) for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular Disease Foundation: $180,000 - Targeting monocyte phagocytosis to reduce progression of age-related macular degeneration – A/Prof Eric Fletcher, Professor Robyn Guymer    


Education and training

  • BS, University of Melbourne
  • MB, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne

Awards and honors

  • Awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, Australian Government, 2018
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2015
  • Not in List, 2014
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Career Development Award, NHMRC, 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, 2004
  • Amgen Research Award, Australian Society for Medical Research, 2002
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology, 1991



Available for supervision

  • Y