CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Feb. 8, 2001
UI researchers in ophthalmology receive Research to Prevent Blindness
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Investigators in the University of Iowa department of
ophthalmology and visual sciences have received a $110,000 grant from Research
to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world's leading voluntary organization that
supports eye research.
"These unrestricted research funds will enable faculty to initiate
and continue clinical and basic research in a variety of potentially blinding
conditions, including macular degeneration and glaucoma," said Thomas
A. Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., UI professor and head of ophthalmology and visual
"Without the ongoing support of RPB it would not be possible for us
to remain on the cutting edge of research and technology that has characterized
our department," he added.
To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling more than $2.1 million in research
support to UI researchers in the department.
At 56 medical institutions nationwide, RPB supports investigations into
all blinding eye diseases, including macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma,
diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease, retinitis pigmentosa, amblyopia, strabismus
and uveitis. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled $166 million
into eye research at medical institutions throughout the United States.
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.