Queensland Eye Institute (QEI)

Queensland Eye Institute

The Queensland Eye Institute is Queensland’s largest independent academic research institute devoted to eye related health and diseases, one of the world’s finest centres for eye health, medical research, education and care. Our scientist and doctors work side-by-side to discover the underlying causes of eye disease and find new or improved treatments. Bringing research and patient care together helps us turn possibilities into realities. Our research division is internationally recognised for its work on artificial cornea, and orbital implants, both used in current clinical practice. The research laboratory is purpose built for investigating causes and treatments for glaucoma, macular degeneration and gene therapy research.

Organisation type
  • Not-for-profit
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
140 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Strengths and capabilities

  • Opthalmic biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • Polymer science
  • Tissue engineering of the eye
  • Antioxidant research
  • Stem cell research
  • Inflammation and tissue repair
  • Biology of corneal stem cells

Facilities and major equipment

  • Physical containment class 2 (PC2) laboratory

Lead researcher

Professor Traian Chirial—Developed first soft artificial Cornea

Achievements of the centre

  • QEI have been the first to use silk proteins as biomaterials in ophthalmic tissue engineering

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