January 30, 2015

Ophthalmology gets grant from Research to Prevent Blindness

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blindnessResearch to Prevent Blindness has awarded a grant of $115,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

“We are very appreciative of the generous support from Research to Prevent Blindness. This grant will enable us to accelerate promising lines of research related to retinal and optic nerve diseases. These are the major areas of focus where UAB research can potentially lead to new treatments and cures for blinding disease,” said Christopher Girkin, M.D., EyeSight Foundation of Alabama chair of the UAB Department of Ophthalmology. 

RPB is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling $4,070,000 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.