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 […]
For almost 36 years, Doug Yasumura carried out research on retinal degenerative diseases. For most of that time, he served as the lab chief for Matthew LaVail, PhD, at the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology. Doug helped guide research efforts that resulted in seminal discoveries of the first experimental pharmacological and gene therapy approaches for heretofore-untreatable […]awards, Retinal Degeneration
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