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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.