2020 Shaffer Research Grants

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Steven Bassnett, Phd

Steven Bassnett, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine
Funded by The Dr. Miriam Yelsky Memorial Research Grant
Project: Role of LOXL1 Propeptide Aggregation in Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
Summary: This study examined the composition of the insoluble material that accumulates in the eyes of patients with pseudoexfoliation syndrome and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma.
Stewart Bloomfield, Phd

Stewart Bloomfield, PhD

State University of New York College of Optometry
Funded by The Frank Stein and Paul S. May Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research
Project: Retinal Gap Junctions Form Novel Targets for Neuroprotective Therapy in Glaucoma
Summary: The use of IOP-lowering drugs, the current mainstay treatment for glaucoma, is often insufficient to prevent progressive visual loss in patients.
Alex Huang, Md, Phd

Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Doheny Eye Institute
Funded by Dr. James and Elizabeth Wise
Project: Investigating Subconjuctival Lymphatics for the Treatment of Glaucoma and Eye Disorders
Summary: The subconjunctival space of the eye is often used in the treatment of eye diseases.
Tatjana Jakobs, Md

Tatjana Jakobs, MD

Schepens Eye Research Institute
Funded by The Frank Stein and Paul S. May Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research
Project: The Transcription Factor Runx1 as a Novel Mediator of Astrocyte Reactivity in the Optic Nerve
Summary: We have identified several candidate molecules and we have shown neuroprotective activity for at least one of them.
Rachel Kuchtey, Md, Phd

Rachel Kuchtey, MD, PhD

Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Project: Investigation of Ocular Biomechanical Defects in Mice with Microfibril and Elastic Fiber Defects
Summary: Glaucoma is defined as a type of optic nerve damage which cannot be reversed at the present time.
Herbert Lachman, Md

Herbert Lachman, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Funded by The Edward Joseph Daly Foundation
Project: Gene Expression Profiling in Trabecular Meshwork Cells derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells made from Patients with Lowe Syndrome, a Genetic Disorder that causes Cataracts and Glaucoma
Summary: Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.
Matthew B. Veldman, Phd

Matthew B. Veldman, PhD

Medical College of Wisconsin
Funded by a special gift from Akorn, Inc. and their employees
Project: Zebrafish Retinal Ganglion Cell Survival in the Context of Pro-Apoptotic Bax Signaling
Summary: Loss of vision in patients with glaucoma is the result of disconnection between the eye and brain.
Trent A. Watkins, Phd

Trent A. Watkins, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine
Project: Highly Parallel Assessment of RGC Regenerative and Neuroprotective Targets
Summary: A major impediment to the development of new treatments to preserve and/or restore vision in glaucoma is the large number of potential therapeutic targets to be evaluated.