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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 Institute.

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.