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Release: Feb. 8, 2001

UI researchers in ophthalmology receive Research to Prevent Blindness grant

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 sciences.

"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.

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