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From Innovations to Complications: Moran’s Liliana Werner Vets Them All as Global Intraocular Lens Expert

June 12, 2018

John A. Moran Eye Center researcher Liliana Werner, MD, PhD, loves travel and a good mystery—and her work provides plenty of both.... Read more

Moran Eye Center Research Identifies Best Hopes for Kids Who Need Prosthetic Eye Lenses

May 09, 2018

Helping children with disorders that cause the eye’s natural lens to dislocate is tricky. Now, new research from the John A. Moran Eye Center is identifying surgical techniques that provide the best long-term outcomes for kids.... Read more

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, Identifies Potential New Treatment Path for Retinopathy of Prematurity

May 07, 2018

A groundbreaking new study by John A. Moran Eye Center researcher Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, moves physicians one step closer to better treatments for premature babies at risk for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)—the leading cause of childhood vision loss and blindness.... Read more

Safer, Speedier Cataract Surgery: Moran Researchers Share Efficiencies for One of America’s Most Common Surgeries

April 18, 2018

A prolific new body of research from the John A. Moran Eye Center is vetting a variety of phacoemulsification settings and techniques aimed at making cataract surgery as efficient— and safe—as possible. ... Read more

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, to Receive ARVO’s Mildred Weisenfeld Award

April 15, 2018

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has chosen John A. Moran Eye Center surgeon and researcher Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, as the recipient of its 2018 Mildred Weisenfeld Award. A skilled pediatric vitreoretinal surgeon and prolific researcher, Hartnett’s National Institutes of Health-funded research lab studies the mechanisms of normal and aberrant blood vessel formation in the eye. ... Read more

Revolutionary New Tech for a New Era of Eye Care

April 15, 2018

The latest technology to arrive in the nonprofit Intermountain Ocular Research Center at the John A. Moran Eye Center—laser-assisted Refractive Index Shaping—stands to transform cataract surgery.... Read more

Survey by Moran’s Nick Mamalis, MD, Parses Intraocular Lens Problems

April 15, 2018

For 20 years running, Moran's Nick Mamalis, MD, has surveyed physicians to examine trends behind IOL explantation surgeries. His 2017 survey found the number of multifocal removals had increased, with ophthalmologists citing glare or optical aberrations experienced by patients as the most common reasons for removals.... Read more

New Research Details The Role of Working Memory in Processing Visual Information

February 21, 2018

John A. Moran Eye Center Scientist Behrad Noudoost, MD, PhD, is making significant new discoveries about working memory and its impact on the brain’s processing of visual information. ... Read more

Moran Eye Center’s Binxing Li Awarded $160,000 BrightFocus Grant

October 09, 2017

Carotenoids are vital nutrients for vision, but how do they reach our retinas? ... Read more

U of U Health Part of Large NIH Research Into Pain Management

September 21, 2017

The research will look at pain in military members and veterans. ... Read more

New Student Hotspotting Hub Aims at Improving Patient Care and Value

September 20, 2017

The program is aimed at helping high use patients. ... Read more

Moran Adds Two New Research Labs

September 11, 2017

New laboratories at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah are working to understand how the brain processes visual information, and to unravel the mysteries of retinal signaling.... Read more

Moran Researchers Solve Mystery of How Carotenoid Found In Shrimp Shells, Turtle Fat, and Fish Skin Winds Up In the Human Eye

September 06, 2017

Exactly how one particular kind of carotenoid that humans don’t usually eat winds up in the part of the eye responsible for sharp, central vision has been a mystery—until now. ... Read more

Moran Researchers Garner Support of Knights Templar

June 06, 2017

The Knights Templar Eye Foundation visited the John A. Moran Eye Center to award two $65,000 Career-Starter Research Grants in pediatric ophthalmology. ... Read more

Making Their Mark: Moran Docs Recognized By ARVO, ASCRS

June 01, 2017

Two of the nation’s top associations in the field of ophthalmology honored John A. Moran Eye Center physicians and researchers in May for their leadership and work.... Read more

The Krizaj Lab: Glaucoma Treatment BREAKTHROUGH

January 31, 2017

Moran’s David Krizaj, PhD, has identified a new protein that regulates intraocular pressure in glaucoma and is designing a potentially sight-saving treatment.... Read more

Moran Eye Center Receives $115,000 Unrestricted Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness

December 27, 2016

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), a New York-based foundation, has recently awarded a grant of $115,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology.... Read more

Moran’s Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, Studies Whether Preeclampsia is a Risk or a Protective Factor in Retinopathy of Prematurity

December 01, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, and colleagues at the John A. Moran Center and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, were looking for a way to tease apart the effects of preeclampsia on the risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease found in very premature infants. ... Read more

Have We Found the Canine Fountain of Youth?

November 08, 2016

Studies are pointing to a cancer-fighting drug called Rapamycin currently used successfully in human patients that could extend the life of man’s best friend. ... Read more

You Are What You Tweet?

October 18, 2016

"Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza". ... Read more

Kidney Stones and Roller Coasters

September 29, 2016

Kidney stones are a painful condition that affects more than 300,000 Americans a year. Now a new study suggests a fun day at the amusement park may help relieve them. ... Read more


February 05, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO has been named the 2016 recipient of the Paul Henkind Memorial Lecture and Award by the Macula Society.... Read more

Moran Eye Center Awarded Generous Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness

January 19, 2016

Moran received a grant in the amount of $115,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness to help fund our research in the prevention of blinding diseases.... Read more

David Krizaj, PhD, Discovers Glaucoma Treatments May Also Help Soldiers with Blast Trauma

April 01, 2015

Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure in the eye. Dr. David Krizaj has discovered that we can block those pressure sensors with pressure-reducing drugs, and we could protect cells from dying. ... Read more

To Snip or Not to Snip: New Concern About Vasectomies

July 23, 2014

New research has some asking if men should reconsider vasectomies. We asked an expert for his advice. ... Read more

Protecting the Heart

May 16, 2014

Children with Kawasaki disease can be treated for all of the symptoms like red eyes, swelling and rash. However, the real concern for them among physicians is protecting their veins, and ultimately their heart.... Read more

Robert E. Marc, PhD, Receives Retina Research Foundation's 2014 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research

April 18, 2014

Robert E. Marc, PhD, director of research, John A. Moran Eye Center, has been named by the International Society of Eye Research (ISER) as the recipient of the Houston, Texas-based Retina Research Foundation's 2014 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research.... Read more

Searching for Better Treatments for Epilepsy

March 31, 2014

In the U.S, epilepsy causes more deaths - about 50,000 annually - than breast cancer. This disturbing trend is likely due to the fact that existing medications fail to adequately control seizures in one-third of epilepsy patients. Researchers worldwide are working to expand treatment options.... Read more

Dr. Wolfgang Baehr & Collaborators Discover Vital Relationship between Thyroid Hormones and Macular Degeneration

February 19, 2014

Study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; results offer hope for future treatments for retinal degeneration ... Read more

Moran Researcher Helps to Discover New Risks for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

September 26, 2013

A University of Utah researcher and ophthalmologist helped confirm important findings from a group of Icelandic scientists who uncovered a rare risk locus for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).... Read more

Moran Eye Center Research Seeks to Understand & Prevent Retinopathy of Prematurity in Pre-term Infants

September 19, 2013

A new study published by The University of Utah's John A. Moran Eye Center highlights significant progress toward isolating the underlying causes of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition that commonly affects prematurely born babies who have received intensive neonatal care. ... Read more

American Journal of Pathology Publishes Moran Eye Center Research on Retinopathy of Prematurity

May 07, 2012

The American Journal of Pathology, the leading global forum for reporting quality original research on cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease, has published a research paper originating from the John A. Moran Eye Center examining the role of erythropoietin (EPO) signaling in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).... Read more

New Information about Usher Syndrome

May 07, 2012

Jun Yang, PhD, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine and researcher at the John. A. Moran Eye Center, is committed to studying the molecular mechanisms underlying hereditary retinal degeneration and hearing loss.... Read more

University of Utah's M.E. Hartnett Presents on ROP at ARVO

May 07, 2012

The University of Utah's M.E. Hartnett, MD, has a full calendar at this week's Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting in Orlando. She is organizing and moderating a cross-disciplinary symposium that addresses retinopathy of prematurity: the epidemiology, environmental effects from oxygen and nutrition, stem cell studies on repair of injured vessels and clinical treatments. She is also chairing an ethics committee on vulnerable populations in clinical research.... Read more

University of Utah Researcher to Receive $100,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness

May 07, 2012

Wolfgang Baehr, PhD, will be awarded Research To Prevent Blindness Nelson Trust Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa for work studying retinal diseases. Research to Prevent Blindness, a New York-based foundation, has announced that University of Utah researcher Wolfgang Baehr, Ph.D., will receive the Nelson Trust Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa and an accompanying $100,000 to pursue new scientific leads to understand contributors to blindness. ... Read more