Vision researcher receives Doris Duke career award
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A 2013 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award
has been granted to Vinit B. Mahajan, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the
department of ophthalmology and visual sciences and a clinician-scientist in
the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research.
Given to only 16 scientists nationwide, the award helps
facilitate the transition of junior physician-scientists to independent
clinical research careers.
A grant of $486,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation will support Dr. Mahajan’s project entitled, “Molecular Genetic
Mechanisms of Calpain-5 Autoimmunity”.
The project aims to determine the underlying molecular mechanisms of
mutations in CAPN5-associated autoimmune uveitis. Findings will help determine therapeutic
approaches for uveitis and other common eye diseases with photoreceptor
degeneration and retinal neovascularization.