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BrightFocus honors 5 vision researchers
Date:5/5/2014

lp understand how the RPE cells are modified through these cellular processes. This research receives $120,000 and The Carolyn K. McGillvray Award for Macular Degeneration Research, provided in memory of McGillvray's fighting spirit as she battled macular degeneration.

  • Douglas Vollrath, MD, Stanford University. Vollrath also is studying the genetics of RPE cells, examining how the function of these cells varies among individuals due to differences in their genes. His project may help scientists better understand why macular degeneration affects some people more than others. He receives $120,000 with the Helen Juanita Reed Award for Macular Degeneration Research, named after a beloved BrightFocus supporter and philanthropist who lived with, and supported research on, macular degeneration.

    Glaucoma Awards

    Two researchers received special grant awards for research on glaucoma, a group of eye diseases involving damage to the optic nerve, which limits peripheral vision and can lead to blindness if left untreated. The grant recipients are:

    • Colleen McDowell, PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center. Glaucoma can involve increased pressure inside the eye, when eye fluid is not drained properly through the drainage structures in the front of the eye. McDowell's team is studying a novel pathway and working to understand how these drainage structures work. She receives $100,000 in grant funds with the Dr. Douglas H. Johnson Award for Glaucoma Research. This is presented annually to the top-rated research proposal in glaucoma, in honor of Dr. Johnson's years of service as chairman of the Scientific Revew Committee for Glaucoma.

    • Christopher Passaglia, PhD, University of South Florida. Passaglia is working on a smart pump that would give glaucoma researchers and clinicians an innovative system for measuring and controlling eye pressure. He receives $100,000 with the Thomas R. Lee Award for
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    Contact: Alice L. Kirkman
    akirkman@brightfocus.org
    240-778-5563
    AHAF-American Health Assistance Foundation
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