Research Purpose & Themes

Our purpose is to save sight through excellence in targeted research to reduce the burden of eye disease.

There are various themes, foci and methods used by QEI researchers to conduct our sight saving work. This page contains the framework used across all research projects conducted at QEI.


We study three major research themes:

  • Inherited Eye Diseases
  • Age-related Eye Diseases
  • Renewal and Restoration (including younger adult eye disease)


In particular, we focus on three areas: understanding, early detection and best treatment/ cure. These are underpinned by scientific excellence, with an overall goal of improving eye health.

There are three types of research conducted at QEI: investigative research, clinical research and clinical trials.


This research is conducted using six different methods: laboratory research, population studies and epidemiology, development of registries, clinical trials, artificial intelligence and development of devices.


To read about our specific research groups and projects, please see here.


For the health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors, we ask you do not enter the QEI South Brisbane or QEI Clayfield facilities if you:

  • Have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19 
  • Have recently travelled overseas or interstate and have NOT undergone a two week quarantine 
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Have cold or fever symptoms (sore throat, coughing, sneezing etc)
  • Recently visited a COVID-19 hot spot (as identified on the Queensland Government website)

Please note that all visitors at this time will undergo contactless temperature checking. Our staff will also require the full names and contact details of all visitors to the building. 

Thank you for your cooperation at this time, please don't hesitate to contact us on 07 3239 5000 if you have any concerns.