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Luk Vandenberghe

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD, to receive Foundation Fighting Blindness Award

August 15, 2017

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD, along with collaborator and lead author Rob Collin, PhD, of Radboud University Medical Center, has been selected to receive the 2017 Ed Gollob Board of Directors’ Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). This award is presented annually in recognition of significant research advancements. According to the FFB, their winning paper, “In vitro and in vivo rescue of aberrant splicing in CEP290-

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Genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9 prevents angiogenesis of the retina

Genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9 prevents angiogenesis of the retina

July 27, 2017

Powerful new technology may lead to novel therapies to prevent vision loss, blindness in those with diseases of the retina

Boston, Mass. — A research team from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear has successfully prevented mice from developing angiogenesis of the retina—the sensory tissue at the back of the eye—using gene-editing techniques with CRISPR-Cas9. Angiogenesis causes vision loss and blindness and is a feature of several degenerative eye conditions, including proliferative diabetic

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2017 RPB recipients

Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston Children’s Hospital researchers receive Research to Prevent Blindness grant awards

July 18, 2017

Boston, Mass. — Two vision researchers from the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology have received awards from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Gang Luo, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has received the 2017 Innovations in Technology Low Vision

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Congressional briefing on dry eye disease to be held on July 12

Congressional briefing on dry eye disease to be held on July 12

July 5, 2017

The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) will co-host a Congressional briefing about dry eye disease on July 12. Janine Clayton, MD (National Institutes of Health), Susan Vitale, PhD, MHS (National Eye Institute), Anat Galor, MD (Bascom Palmer), Victor Perez, MD (Duke University as of August 2017), Carolyn Begley, OD, MS (Indiana University) and Laura Periman, MD (Redmond Eye Clinic, Seattle), will be joining

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Grants received in June 2017

July 1, 2017

Ula V. Jurkunas, MD, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $3,431,841 over 4 years for her project, “Safety and Feasibility of Cultivated Autologous Limbal Epithelial Cell (CALEC) Transplantation in the Treatment of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency.” This grant includes work performed at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and Jaeb Center for Health Research in Tampa, Florida.

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David A. Sullivan, PhD, FARVO, receives the American Optometric Association’s Dr. Donald R. Korb Award for Excellence

David A. Sullivan, PhD, FARVO, receives the American Optometric Association’s Dr. Donald R. Korb Award for Excellence

June 21, 2017

Dr. David Sullivan receives prestigious award honoring innovation and leadership in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease.

Boston, Mass. — David A. Sullivan, PhD, FARVO, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, is the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Donald R. Korb Award

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