CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Feb. 5, 2002
UI ophthalmology researchers receive Research to Prevent Blindness grant
A $110,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) will help investigators
in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
pursue clinical and basic research studies. RPB is the world's leading voluntary
organization that supports eye research.
"RPB's continued support to our department allows us to remain on the
cutting edge of research and technology," said Thomas A. Weingeist, Ph.D.,
M.D., UI professor and head of ophthalmology and visual sciences.
The grant will help support new and continuing studies that can add to understanding
and possibly treatment advances for potentially blinding condition such as
macular degeneration and glaucoma.
To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling nearly $2.2 million in research
support to UI investigators.
Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars
to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all
blinding eye diseases.
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.