February 20, 2013

Ophthalmology wins Research to Prevent Blindness grant

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The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a grant of $100,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

“This generous RPB grant will enhance our programs in biomechanics and biotransport of fluids across the back of the eye involved with the progression of eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma,” said department chair Christopher Girkin, M.D.. “This work synergizes with our clinical and health services research in translating these findings into new real-world treatments.”

RPB is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling $3,745,000 to the UAB School of Medicine. 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. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants program, go to www.rpbusa.org.