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UI receives grants from Research to Prevent Blindness
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers in the University of Iowa department
of ophthalmology and visual sciences have received two grants from Research
to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world's leading voluntary organization
supporting eye research.
Thomas A. Weingeist, M.D., Ph.D., professor and head of ophthalmology
and visual sciences, said the department was awarded an unrestricted grant
of $100,000 to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention
of blinding diseases. In addition, an RPB Senior Scientific Investigator
Award of $60,000 has been granted to Robert Folberg, M.D., UI professor
of ophthalmology and visual sciences and pathology.
This is the second time that Folberg has received a prestigious RPB
investigator award. The grant will be used to support the study of the
microcirculation of melanoma inside the eye.
Weingeist said the department greatly appreciates the two awards as
well as past support provided by RPB. To date, the organization has awarded
grants totaling more than $1.5 million to the department.
"Without the support of RPB, we would not have been able to create
the UI Center for Macular Degeneration or the cutting edge research program
within the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences," said
Since it was founded in 1960 RPB has channeled more than $162 million
to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into
blinding eye diseases.