Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Iowa receives continued funding from RPB

RPB Support LogoResearch to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa. The award supports ongoing research activities into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases.

University of Iowa vision research is focused on areas of great promise for restoring vision including genetic testing, gene therapy, and patient-derived stem-cell research. “We are very pleased to receive sustaining support from a leading organization such as Research to Prevent Blindness. Their organization shares our mission of eradicating human blindness from common diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as rarer, inherited eye diseases,” states Keith D. Carter, MD, chair and department executive officer of the department.

RPB is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. 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. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling over $4.3 million to the University of Iowa.

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