Research to Prevent Blindness


RPB Stein Innovation Awardee David Williams, PhD

RPB 2014 Stein Innovation Awardee David Williams, PhD, University of Rochester, who helped revolutionize the field of physiological optics through his use of adaptive optics, proposes to image retinal blood flow at the cellular level in diabetic patients. This technology has potential to detect diabetic retinopathy in its earliest stages, allowing for earlier clinical interventions and reducing the impact of this blinding disease.

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) recently awarded 36 grants totaling $4.8 million during its spring grant cycle. RPB will award additional grants in December.

The latest RPB awards include unrestricted grants to departments of ophthalmology at 21 medical schools across the U.S. and 14 awards to individual scientists. A special grant was awarded to the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology for the development of vision research scientists and leaders. RPB currently supports eye research at 49 medical institutions throughout the United States.

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled more than $331 million into eye research. As a result, RPB has been identified with nearly every major breakthrough in vision research in that time.   

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