Research to Prevent Blindness Awards Moran Eye Center Additional Grant

Research to Prevent Blindness Awards Moran Eye Center Additional Grant

Jan 9, 2005 5:00 PM

The Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah has received an unrestricted $110,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, bringing the total amount of money the foundation has awarded the center to more than $3.2 million.

The grant will support work to identify causes, treatment, and ways to prevent diseases that lead to blindness. Randall J. Olson, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the U of U School of Medicine, will direct the research.

Raymond D. Lund, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and director of research at Moran, said the grant is "incredibly valuable" to the centers research efforts.

"It provides a core support to develop our research into diseases that cause blindness and how to develop treatment for them," Lund said.

Research to Prevent Blindness is the worlds leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, the organization has funneled millions of dollars into the research of blinding eye diseases. To date, Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded grants totaling more than $3.2 million to the U of U and the Moran Eye Center.

The John A. Moran Eye Center, named after a University of Utah alumnus and New York financier, is the largest eye treatment center between Texas and the West Coast. The centers 42 faculty members and 300 staff include ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision researchers from 10 countries. Basic science research at the center focuses on artificial vision, ophthalmic genetics and genetic therapies, retinal cell development, regeneration, and transplantation.

Construction currently is under way on a new $53 million, 200,000-square-foot center that will provide additional space for both clinical and basic science research.

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