2014 Shaffer Research Grants

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Jeff Gidday

Jeff M. Gidday, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Funded by The Dr. Miriam Yelsky Memorial Research Grant
Project: Delayed Post-Conditioning for Glaucoma Neuroprotection
Summary: Protection of retinal neurons that die in glaucoma is a fundamental therapeutic strategy, but one that remains elusive.
Vikas Gulati

Vikas Gulati, MD

Truhlsen Eye Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Funded by The Alcon Foundation
Project: Effect of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Blockers on Aqueous Humor Dynamics
Summary: Use of eye injections of drugs aimed at slowing the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye is becoming more common for the treatment of individuals with many eye problems including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal artery or vein blockage.
Yutao Liu

Yutao Liu, MD, PhD

Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia
Funded by The Alcon Foundation
Project: Exosomal RNAs and Aqueous Humor Dynamics
Summary: The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of exosomes, small cell-manufactured vesicles secreted into bodily fluids including blood and the fluid in the eye called aqueous humor.
Stuart Mckinnon

Stuart J. McKinnon, MD, PhD

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Funded by Dr. James and Elizabeth Wise
Project: Neuroinflammation: The Role of Lymphocytes in Glaucoma
Summary: In glaucoma, permanent vision loss and blindness occur when retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) that make up the optic nerve are lost.
Robert Nickells

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Funded by The Dr. Henry A. Sutro Family Grant for Research
Project: Purinergic Signaling of Neuroinflammatory Glial Responses in a Model of Optic Nerve Damage
Summary: The central nervous system (CNS) is made up of neuronal cells and support cells, called glia.
Colm O'Brien

Colm O’Brien, MD, FRCS

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Funded by The Alcon Foundation
Project: Caveolins, Calcium Signalling and Fibrosis of Lamina Cribrosa Cells in Glaucoma
Summary: Glaucoma is the second most common cause of vision loss and blindness in the world.
Joshua Stein

Joshua D. Stein, MD, MS

W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Funded by The Glaucoma Research Foundation Board of Directors
Project: A Dynamic, Personalized Glaucoma Monitoring Decision Support Tool
Summary: Our goal is to develop a powerful new type of glaucoma decision support tool to help eye doctors quickly and effectively identify which glaucoma patients are at high risk of getting worse and prevent them from losing more vision.