Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund awards grants to Harvard affiliates and Boston-area institutions

November 3, 2017

The Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund awarded 2017-18 grants to several Harvard Ophthalmology affiliates and Boston-area research institutions. Each institution received $160,000, which supported the following projects:

Mass. Eye and Ear:

Kip Connor, PhD:  “Targeting the immune system in retinal degeneration”

Baojian Fan, MD, PhD:  “Gene discovery for pigmentary glaucoma”

Tatjana Jakobs, MD:  “The effects of aging and intraocular pressure on optic nerve head blood supply”

Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear:

Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, Ula Jurkunas, MD, and Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD: "Molecular Mechanisms of Interactions between Corneal Nerves and Endothelial Cells"

Bruce Ksander, PhD: "Understanding and Targeting ZIKA Virus Retinal Birth Defects"

Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD: "Role of PGC-1b in AMD Progression"

Joslin Diabetes Centers/Beetham Eye Institute:

Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD,  PhD (PI),  Allen Clermont, MS, Paolo Silva, MD, and Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH (lead researchers): “Diabetic retinopathy: pathogenesis, prediction and prevention”

Boston Children’s Hospital:

Bharti N. Gangwani, MDAnna Maria Baglieri, OD, and David G. Hunter, MD, PhD: "Evaluation of a noninvasive eye scanner for monitoring progression of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and biological aging”

Gabriel Kreiman, PhD: “Understanding the neural basis for rapid learning of object recognition”

Ronald Hansen, MDJames Akula, PhDAnne B. Fulton, MD: "Retinal structure and function in retinopathy of prematurity”

Jing Chen, PhD: “The role of amino acid metabolism in FEVR and Norrie disease”

New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center:

Vicki Chen, MD: “Development of a novel therapy for the treatment of ocular surface blisters in a painful and disfiguring genetic disease, dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa”

Pedram Hamrah, MD:  “Characterization of the mechanism of a new disease entity, corneal neuropathic disease, that is associated with debilitating eye pain"

Johanna Seddon, MD, ScM: “Identification of ocular biomarkers to determine progression from early to advanced macular degeneration”

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