UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology Awarded Grant

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Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at UTHSC. The funds will support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The funds will support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Barrett G. Haik, MD, chairman of the UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology.

RPB is the world’s leading non-government organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling $1,530,000 to the Ophthalmology Department’s research facilities in the Hamilton Eye Institute.

“The department is proud to be a recipient of these funds,” said Dr. Haik. “Beyond the dollars, RPB support is an indication of the strength of our research efforts aimed at developing treatments for retinal diseases, glaucoma and childhood blindness.”

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. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.