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Release: Feb. 5, 2002

UI ophthalmology researchers receive Research to Prevent Blindness grant

A $110,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) will help investigators in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences pursue clinical and basic research studies. RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization that supports eye research.

"RPB's continued support to our department allows us to remain on the cutting edge of research and technology," said Thomas A. Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., UI professor and head of ophthalmology and visual sciences.

The grant will help support new and continuing studies that can add to understanding and possibly treatment advances for potentially blinding condition such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling nearly $2.2 million in research support to UI investigators.

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases.

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