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Novel methods to treat glaucoma

Nov. 8, 2018—Increasing a certain signaling molecule prevents the degeneration of retinal cells that are lost in glaucoma, suggesting a new way to treat this disease.

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Calkins lands innovation award from Research to Prevent Blindness

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has been granted one of the preeminent awards in vision research — the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award.

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Two receive Research to Prevent Blindness grants

Jul. 21, 2016—Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded two grants to faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology.

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VEI receives grant from Research to Prevent Blindness for research and education

Jun. 25, 2015—The Vanderbilt Eye Institute recently received a grant for $115,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness, placing the total award amount for unrestricted grants from the organization at $860,000.

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Retinal neuron survival in glaucoma

Dec. 16, 2014—Understanding how the protein TRPV1 helps neurons survive after glaucoma-related stressors could lead to new therapeutic strategies for glaucoma and other neurodegenerative conditions.

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Biomarker for diabetic eye disease

Sep. 26, 2014—A person’s mitochondrial gene “signature” could predict risk for diabetic retinopathy and guide early intervention strategies.

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Keeping an eye on blast trauma

Aug. 19, 2014—Understanding the cellular and molecular responses of the eye to blast injury could guide new treatment development.

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Protein boosts retinal neuron survival

Mar. 14, 2014—An ion channel protein called TRIPV1 helps retinal neurons survive the elevated eye pressure associated with glaucoma.

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Penn named to vision group’s scientific advisory panel

Oct. 31, 2013—John Penn, Ph.D., vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, has been named to the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Scientific Advisory Panel.

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Metabolic profiling of vision loss

Sep. 27, 2013—A panel of metabolites – small molecules that are part of metabolic processes – that are unique to macular degeneration will shed light on the disease and aid diagnosis.

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Grant to support blindess research

Jul. 25, 2013—Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) recently awarded a $110,000 grant to Vanderbilt’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in support of research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

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Insights on glaucoma gene mutations

Jun. 26, 2013—Glaucoma-causing mutations in the gene for myocilin reduce secretion of the protein into the aqueous humor, suggesting a new option for treatment.

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