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Release: Nov. 15, 2000
UI ophthalmologists receive National Eye Institute award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa Health Care researchers, in conjunction
with Kestrel Corporation in Albuquerque, N.M., have received a $100,000 phase
one Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Eye
Randy Kardon, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of ophthalmology and visual
sciences, and Young Kwon, M.D., Ph.D., UI assistant professor also in the
department, will use the award to help develop an instrument that images and
analyzes spectral properties of the retina. The instrument would be used for
improved diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases that cause visual loss.
The National Eye Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health,
supports research that addresses the leading causes of blindness and impaired
vision in the United States. SBIR awards are designed to help determine the
technical merit and feasibility of proposed research and development efforts
that may ultimately lead to a commercial product or service.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.