As NASA prepares for its journey to Mars, one UAB researcher is investigating why so many astronauts suffer from poorer vision after they return to Earth.
The function and structure of protein GARP2 in rod cells of the retina is still not clear, but researchers have shown that GARP2 accelerates retinal degeneration in mice, and have made an important step toward creating a standardized nomenclature between mice and humans for a measurement of retinal degeneration.
Christine Curcio, Ph.D., led an international team of researchers that developed a culture system for age-related macular degeneration, the third most prevalent cause of vision loss worldwide.
Funding from a National Eye Institute award to the UAB School of Optometry will advance eye care research.
Alabama now has more EPSCoR Track II grants than any other state following the award of basic science grants meant to stimulate competitive research in regions of the country traditionally less able to compete for such research funds.
Nearly 50 participants enjoyed dinner at Rojo Birmingham while blindfolded to gain an understanding of the daily challenges presented by vision impairment.
Complications of diabetes can lead to blindness, yet only 29.9 percent of diabetic patients studied adhered to recommendations to have an eye examination. 
J. Crawford Downs, Ph.D., will research a new wireless system to measure and control fluid pressure around the optic nerve. 
Lindsay Rhodes, M.D., will study telemedicine as a potential strategy to improve eye disease detection and management. 
UAB’s Department of Ophthalmology provides a new residency program track to give incoming residents the option to participate in a clinical or basic research project of their choice.
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