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Case Western Reserve awarded nearly $1 million from Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation
Date:3/9/2009

t," said Jonathan Lass, M.D., the Charles I. Thomas Professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the School of Medicine and director of the University Hospitals Eye Institute. "The promise of her research is immeasurable; to understand the relationship between AMD and how the body metabolizes cholesterol can lead to therapeutics that will ultimately help the vision of every person."

Paul Shin-Hyun Park, Ph.D.

Paul Shin-Hyun Park, Ph.D., assistant professor in ophthalmology and visual sciences, received a four-year, $200,000 RPB Research Career Development Award, which is designed to attract young physicians and basic scientists to research positions in ophthalmology. Dr. Park also is the recipient of a prestigious Pathway to Independence grant from the NIH, which is awarded to only the most promising young investigators with a high probability of success as an independent investigator.

"Dr. Park's work could provide new insights into rhodopsin structure and function that may have major implications in the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases, including macular degeneration," Dr. Lass said.

Ram Nagaraj, Ph.D.

Ram Nagaraj, Ph.D., the Carl F. Asseff, M.D., Professor in ophthalmology and visual sciences and a past RPB Wasserman Merit honoree, was awarded the $75,000 Senior Scientific Investigator Award in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the pathogenesis of cataract and diabetic retinopathy.

"His studies of the effects of advanced glycation endproducts and oxidation may lead to new therapeutic approaches that could delay the onset of cataract and prevent the serious consequences of diabetic retinopathy," said Dr. Lass. "Together, the designation of these grants is a great testament to the depth of our research programs and recognition of our scientists' dedication to advance human health."


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