News Release: Emory Healthcare , Research , School of Medicine

Jun. 29,  2010

Research to Prevent Blindness Funds Emory Eye Center Research

News Article ImageTimothy W. Olsen, director of the Emory Eye Center and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine.

Emory Eye Center has received a one-year departmental grant for $100,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). The grant will help support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

The research will be directed by Timothy W. Olsen, director of the Emory Eye Center and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine.

To date, RPB has awarded grants of more than $3 million to Emory for eye research.

"Research to Prevent Blindness is a fantastic organization, dedicated to supporting research at all levels, says Olsen. "The unrestricted departmental grants allow us to do many things and include pilot phase projects for young innovative researchers faculty ideas. Many of these small projects turn into big projects with an even bigger impact.

"Such projects would not get off the ground if it weren't for RPB funding," says Olsen. "We are tremendously grateful to RPB for helping us fulfill our research mission."

Since RPB's founding in 1960, the organization has been a catalyst in vision research. RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases.

Emory Eye Center has a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care.

The department includes 33 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, 11 basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Emory University School of medicine's Department of Ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology research currently is supported by NIH funding of $20 million through 2010. The department remains in the top rankings (#9 - 2009) by U.S. News & World Report for the 14 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. It also ranks in the Top Ten in the peer-reviewed Ophthalmology Times annual report.

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