WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Nov. 20, 2000
UI researchers receive $3.3 million from National Eye Institute
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care researchers, along with
a colleague in the UI College of Engineering, have received a two-year, $3.3
million contract from the National Eye Institute (NEI) for their project,
"Gene Discovery in the Visual System."
The UI team's goal is to identify 30,000 different genes expressed in various
regions of the human eye.
"It is anticipated that the information and resources generated in
this project will facilitate future research aimed at the understanding of
the molecular processes underlying human eye diseases," said the study's
principal researcher M. Bento Soares, Ph.D., UI associate professor of pediatrics,
and physiology and biophysics.
Soares will work with four co-principal UI investigators: Val. C. Sheffield,
M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
associate investigator; Thomas L. Casavant, Ph.D., professor of electrical
and computer engineering in the UI College of Engineering; Edwin M. Stone,
M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences; and Gregory S.
Hageman, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences.
The NEI, one of the National Institutes of Health, conducts and supports
research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other vision disorders
to protect and prolong the vision of Americans.
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.