Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Vision researcher receives Doris Duke career award

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.

Dr. Mahajan in lab

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.