UF opthalmology gets $110,000 grant

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.

The ophthalmology department at the University of Florida College of Medicine has received a $110,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, a national voluntary organization that supports research on eye diseases.

Department chair William T. Driebe Jr. said that the open-ended grant can be used for a wide range of research carried out in the department,. Among the possibilities is gene therapy to treat retinal degenerations including macular degeneration, which causes vision loss, typically in the elderly, and phototransduction, the conversion of a light signal to an electrical signal in the brain.

"It can act as seed money. It's very helpful to be able to use this money to help researchers who need additional support, and particularly for researchers just getting started," Driebe said, in a UF news release Tuesday.

The department has received over $3.5 million in funding from RPB over the past 30 years. RPB also supports research in developing countries such as curbing preventable blindness.

- Kristine Crane

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