Awards from the BrightFocus Foundation are fueling vision research by UCSF glaucoma specialist Yvonne Ou, MD, and geneticist Douglas Gould, PhD. Competing with vision scientists from across the nation, the two won two-year, $150,000 awards to advance their sight-saving work. Stopping Glaucoma Dr. Ou explores the steps between optic nerve cell injury, loss of nerve cell connections, […]
Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, director of Ocular Oncology at the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology, has co-published a study on “phantom eye syndrome” in patients who have lost an eye to ocular cancer (Ophthalmology journal). The phenomenon is similar to phantom limb pain, but some people continue to have visual experiences. Read about this fascinating study […]
Research to Prevent Blindness is the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated to vision research. Since 1998, it has awarded UCSF Ophthalmology more than $5.7 million for laboratory investigations to understand sight and halt blinding conditions. On October 24, the Department of Ophthalmology welcomed Dr. Brian Hofland, the foundation’s incoming president, for a tour of the […]Donors
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has awarded clinician scientist Jay Stewart, MD, $110,000 to study how sugar affects the vitreous gel of diabetes patients. The vitreous gel fills the space between the eye’s lens and retina. The studies will test the hypothesis that as the vitreous gel is exposed to sugar in diabetes, it is damaged […]Diabetic Retinopathy
The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, now approved for US commercial use, was tested at UCSF and other leading eye centers. Eugene de Juan Jr., MD, the ophthalmology department’s Jean Kelly Stock Distinguished Professor, cofounded Second Sight, which produces the system. UCSF plans to provide the device to Bay Area patients later this year.
To change the fate of babies and children with inherited retinal degenerations, the Claire Giannini Fund recently awarded $515,000 for Dr. Jacque Duncan’s research program. Using adaptive optics technology, she will image patients’ rods and cones in great detail. The funds also will help establish a UCSF “reading center” for uniform analysis and interpretation of […]Donors
We want to share with you some exciting news to underscore the leveraging ability of funds contributed to That Man May See to save and restore sight. The story starts in 2008, when That Man May See pooled resources from a number of generous donors to invest $30,000 in the work of Tom Lietman, MD, […]