Navigation Links
Shao wins grant from Research to Prevent Blindness organization for dry eye research
Date:7/12/2010

Louisville, KY. -- Hui Shao, MD, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, has received a $60,000 Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award from the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) organization. The grant will help fund Shao's research of Sjogren's syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease that targets the salivary and lacrimal glands the glands that produce saliva and tears, respectively resulting in dry mouth and dry eye symptoms.

Shao and her team recently discovered a protein, called Klk22, that appears to play a role in the development of Sjogren's Syndrome.

"Our next projects will examine the clinical relevance of this protein by determining the mechanism by which immune cells targeted to this protein attack and destroy the lacrimal and salivary glands in animal models," Shao said. "In the near future we hope to determine if indeed there is a correlation between primary Sjogren's syndrome and this protein in humans."

If that connection is definitively made, Shao said, Klk22 could prove a useful biomarker for the diagnosis of primary Sjogren's syndrome and the immune response to this protein, if monitored, could help to determine the efficacy of therapies in individuals with the disease.

Sjogren's syndrome affects at least 4 million Americans. Nine out of 10 Sjogren's patients are women and the average age of onset is late 40s, although Sjogren's occurs in all age groups in both women and men.

Established in 1995, the RPB Lew R. Wasserman Merit Awards provide unrestricted support to mid-career MD and PhD scientists who hold primary positions within departments of ophthalmology and are actively engaged in eye research at medical institutions in the United States. Shao is one of 108 scientists at 44 institutions who have been honored with this award.

"I am so grateful and thankful to RPB for this award, which will help further my work in an important area of research," Shao said. "The work that RPB does is critical in helping scientists such as myself continue to make important discoveries in the field of ophthalmology."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lauren Williams
lauren.williams@louisville.edu
502-852-7461
University of Louisville
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Scripps Research scientists share $2 million in Florida state research grants
2. UCSD researchers receive $2.5 million in new stem cell grants
3. Athletes for Hope Awarded $2 Million Grant by Kellogg Foundation
4. RWJF and Pew award 6 grants to examine the impact of policy on peoples health
5. Susan G. Komen for the Cure awards grant to Lombardis V. Craig Jordan
6. US Patent Granted To Chrono Therapeutics Inc. For Its Chrono-Pharmacological Drug Delivery Systems And Applications
7. Einstein awarded NIH grant to study drug-resistant TB
8. Rensselaer researcher wins $1.4 million NIH grant to enable faster cancer treatment planning
9. Penn State receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for innovative global health research
10. Georgia Tech awarded Gates Foundation grant for innovative global health research
11. Life sciences research grants awarded through Inova Health System and George Mason University
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... GA (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... Super-Sod ... 25 and 26 event in Athens, Georgia. , A shift from Super-Sod’s simple Athens ... in Georgia. , For the booth, grass seed plant manager Chris Roquemore constructed furniture ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... ... BrightStar Care Charleston , a home care and medical staffing agency, will ... on Aging’s Senior Expo on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Omar Convention ... our community. We are thrilled to participate in this event because we believe it ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... solutions for supply chain management (SCM) and spend management, today announced that Keppel ... save time, and simplify expense tracking. , “We are excited to announce ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... introduced five new hospital-grade power extension cords that meet the most current standards. ... the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 – Life ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... Individuals who have been diagnosed ... surgery, treatment, therapy and management. Regular exercise in proper environments has been shown ... their diseases. On February 23, 2017, 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.S.T., a dynamic HydroWorx ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... , Feb. 22, 2017  Bioness, Inc., the ... today announced the first series of successful StimRouter Neuromodulation ... Radboud University Medical Center (Nijmegen, Netherlands ... Cork, Ireland ), and Kliniek Park Leopold ... successful launch continuing, Bioness plans to further support clinicians ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... NEW YORK , February 22, 2017 ... half of the 50 states in the U.S. have now legalized ... Brazil , Canada , ... , Portugal , Uruguay ... steps to legalize or decriminalize cannabis in the last two years. ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... Nordic Nanovector ASA (OSE: NANO), a biopharmaceutical company focusing on ... will announce its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results on ... ... take place at 8:30 am CET at: Thon Hotel ... The presentation will be recorded as a webcast and will be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: