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Date:9/9/2008

ess. More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from the intolerable burden of blindness. This is an unacceptable scar on humanity which the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award was designed to confront."

Dr Nathans' research may have eventual clinical applications in the fight against blindness caused by retinal damage or disease. Contributing to the search for treatments of potentially blinding diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related molecular degeneration are just two examples of ways this award winning research may contribute to the goal of eradicating blindness. Dr. Yau's work may provide a significant step towards uncovering fundamental molecular mechanisms of vision.

About the 2008 Vision Award Recipients

Based in the Soloman H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, Dr. King-Wai Yau is a Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. During a distinguished career, which began at Stanford University, Dr. Yau has been honored with numerous prizes and awards for his outstanding vision research. Dr. Jeremy Nathans is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His principal research interest is the molecular biology of vision and his work has been recognized by a number of high-profile awards including the Golden Brain Award and the Initiatives in Vision Award from the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

About the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award

The Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award was inaugurated by the Foundation in 2006 at a ceremony presided over by Dr. A.P.J. Kalam, the former President of India, and the Award has the support of the World Health Organization's Vision 2020 -- The Right To Sight initiative. In order to provide maximum support for the fight against blindness, the Award concentrates both on practical blindness prevention and on scientific research. In odd numbered years, starting in 2007, the Award is given for blindness prevention on the groun
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