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Research to Prevent Blindness

In Memoriam: James L. Funderburgh, PhD

James Funderburgh

With sorrow, RPB notes the passing of the esteemed vision researcher.

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In Their Own Words: Why the RPB Career Development Awards Matter

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Thank you to our donors for supporting the RPB CDA and launching more than 200 research careers!

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Research to Prevent Blindness Grantee Dr. Gregg Semenza Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

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Dr. Semenza is being recognized for his discoveries related to how cells respond to low oxygen levels, which have implications for the treatment of cancer, eye diseases and more.

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RPB and Partners Award $1.2 Million In Grants for Novel AMD Research

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Four new grantees received the Catalyst Awards for Innovative Research Approaches for AMD.

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The Career Development Award Turns 30: Celebrating a Generation of Support for Early-Career Scientists

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CDA founded 30 years ago as one of the few private sources of funding aimed specifically at early-career vision researchers.

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Could An Eye Exam Reveal Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Study from RPB-supported researchers at Duke University suggests loss of blood vessels in retina reflect changes in brain health.

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New Findings on Blood Vessel Regulation

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A study from an RPB-supported researcher at Northwestern University School of Medicine could speed up the diagnosis of retinal diseases.

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RPB-SUPPORTED RESEARCHERS INTEGRAL TO NEI’S AUDACIOUS GOALS INITIATIVE

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Vision scientists who have received RPB funding will help lead all five research teams, which will seek to accelerate development of regenerative treatments for blindness.

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EMERGING VISION SCIENTISTS EDUCATE, THANK CONGRESS FOR RESEARCH APPROPRIATIONS

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(NAEVR) held its Fourth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill and twenty early-stage investigators participated.

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RPB AND LCIF TO CONTINUE LOW VISION RESEARCH AWARD PARTNERSHIP

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Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) announced today that they will continue their partnership in the RPB/LCIF Low Vision Research Award.

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RPB researchers honored with 2018 António Champalimaud Vision Award

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Four RPB-supported researchers and a Scientific Advisory Panel member have been honored with the prestigious 2018 António Champalimaud Vision Award for their groundbreaking research

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IN THE FUTURE, ALZHEIMER’S MAY BE PREDICTED DURING EYE EXAMS

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RPB-funded researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL) have found a correlation in 30 older patients between retina thinning and elevated levels of tau and amyloid proteins that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

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RPB and AUPO Announce Recipient of RPB David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding AMD Research

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RPB and AUPO announce the 2018 recipient of the award focused on age-related macular degeneration.

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Groundbreaking Gene Therapy for Retinal Disease

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The first patient receives an FDA-approved gene therapy for inherited retinal disease at Mass. Eye and Ear.

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RPB and AAO Award Grants for Big Data Research to Advance Patient Care

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Award recipients to use IRIS Registry database to conduct population-based studies.

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Research to Prevent Blindness Expands Grants Program

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Many of the organization’s individual grants will now be open to researchers at any U.S. academic medical center.

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Study Tests Stem Cell-based Therapy for Advanced Dry AMD

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RPB-supported researchers at the University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute conducted the human trial.

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The National Eye Institute Turns 50

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RPB celebrates five decades of sight-saving discoveries at NEI.

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Vision Funders Collaborate for Impact

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RPB hosted its fifth annual convening of organizations that fund vision research in Washington DC.

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RPB and AAO Announce New Grant Opportunities to Support Vision Research

Partnership to utilize IRIS Registry database to advance patient care.

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Reversing Retinal Degenerative Diseases: We’re One Step Closer

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RPB-supported researchers made a critical discovery about the gene mutation that causes many retinal degenerative diseases, opening the door for a new line of research into potential treatments.

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Understanding Usher Syndrome: New Findings

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RPB-supported researchers make progress in characterizing the genetic components of Usher syndrome.

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New Stem Cell Model Replicates Macular Degeneration

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The model will allow researchers to better assess treatments for this hard-to-study cause of blindness.

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Researchers ID Key Compounds Related to Blood Vessel Growth in Wet AMD

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The findings may have significant therapeutic implications for AMD, the most common cause of elderly blindness in the developed world

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