WRITER: KATE THAYER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Feb. 9, 2001
Grant from Knights Templar Eye Foundation
to promote eye research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University
of Iowa Center for Macular Degeneration recently received a $15,000 grant
from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to produce video programs promoting
The grant, presented at a ceremony
Jan. 19, will fund the development of two promotional videos. Both videos
showcase the success of research completed by recipients of Knights Templar
grants for their research programs. The first, shorter video has been sent
to ophthalmology programs nationwide in an effort to create an interest for
sending grant applications to the organization, said Sara Imhof, program associate
in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
The second video, a longer version,
will be produced later this year and will showcase the research program's
successes and be sent to the Knights Templar organizations across the country.
This video will allow all Knights Templar members to see firsthand the benefits
of their fundraising efforts for ophthalmology research.
Imhof said the UI has worked with
the Knights Templar Eye Foundation on several occasions in the past and thus
was chosen to produce these video programs. For example, the UI Molecular
Ophthalmology Lab was created when its director, Edwin Stone, M.D., Ph.D.,
UI professor of ophthalmology, received his first grant from the Knights Templar
in the mid-1980s. Stone is also the current director of the UI Center for
Randy Verdick, educational media coordinator
in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, traveled to ophthalmology
labs at Baylor University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and
Vanderbilt University in order to produce these videos. Key researchers at
these institutions also began their programs with funding from Knights Templar.
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation
was formed in 1956 to provide assistance to those who face loss of sight and
to aid ophthalmology research. The foundation is sponsored by the Grand Encampment
of Knights Templar, and has awarded over $5 million in research grants for
pediatric ophthalmology and developmental biology.
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.