NIH funding expands collaboration on ocular neovascularization
Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to explore if a unique protein often targeted in cancer treatments can also treat ocular neovascularization.
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NIH grant will help attract students to ophthalmology researchThe ophthalmology department received a $250,000 NIH T35 training grant. These funds allow for the creation of short-term positions in laboratories for first-year medical students to learn and work alongside professional researchers.
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Professor receives grant
Amir Hajrasouliha, MD, was awarded an IU Health Value Grant for $150,000 over three years for his project “The role of chemerin-CMKLR1 axis in diabetic retinopathy”
IU study: Pharmacists could help in lowering risk of diabetic retinopathy
Pharmacists could play a key role in protecting patients with diabetes from a serious degenerative eye disease.
A study conducted by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found proof-of-concept that pharmacists’ help in management of diabetes can reduce a patient’s risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Read more here.
IU School of Medicine study shows plants could hold secret for treating common eye diseases
Scientists from the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and their British counterparts tested chemical compounds from a family of plants—Hyacinthaceae—and found that certain compounds could have the potential to treat abnormal blood vessel growth within the eye. Read more here.
Professor’s trip shows department’s global reach
April Jones, OD, recently returned from a volunteer trip to Africa with an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with limited access to eye care. The group, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, or VOSH, is a non-governmental organization founded in 1971 that relies on the goodwill of its physician-members to operate clinics on mission trips around the globe. Read more here.
Raising awareness of eye conditions
Louis B. Cantor, MD, and Melanie Pickett, OD, shared information about low vision with the IU School of Medicine community in February for Low Vision Awareness Month; and during World Glaucoma Week in March, Alon Harris, MS, PhD, FARVO, shared new insights of the causes of glaucoma and the work being done at the IU School of Medicine Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center.