2022 Shaffer Research Grants

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Kun-Che Chang, Phd

Kun-Che Chang, PhD

University of Pittsburgh
Funded by Tania and Michael Stepanian
Project: A New Therapeutic Gene for RGC Survival and Axon Regeneration in Glaucoma
Summary: We identified a potential therapeutic target for treating RGC loss and axon degeneration in glaucoma and other optic neuropathies.
M. Elizabeth Fini, Phd

M. Elizabeth Fini, PhD

Tufts University
Funded by The Frank Stein and Paul S. May Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research
Project: Mechanisms of Steroid-Induced Ocular Hypertension
Summary: Ocular hypertension (OH) is the major risk factor for glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Sidney Kuo, Phd

Sidney Kuo, PhD

University of Minnesota
Funded by The Frank Stein and Paul S. May Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research
Project: Early Structural Changes to Müller Glial Cells in Glaucoma
Summary: We tested the hypothesis that pressure-induced changes to the physical structure of glial cells in the retina contributes to the eventual degeneration of retinal neurons.
Myoungsup Sim, Phd

Myoungsup Sim, PhD

Duke University
Funded by The Dr. Miriam Yelsky Memorial Research Grant
Project: Primary Cilia-mediated Nitric Oxide Production in Schlemm’s Canal Cells
Summary: Schlemm’s canal is a circular channel located in the eye’s anterior chamber responsible for regulating the outflow of aqueous humor.
Brian Soetikno, Md, Phd

Brian Soetikno, MD, PhD

Stanford University
Funded by Bob and Birdie Feldman & Giving Tuesday contributions
Project: Visible Light OCT for Glaucoma
Summary: Glaucoma is characterized by the damage and death of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and their retinal nerve fiber layer axons, leading to vision loss.
Qing Wang, Md, Phd

Qing Wang, MD, PhD

Columbia University
Funded by The Dr. Henry A. Sutro Family Grant for Research
Project: Novel Tools to Identify and Target Astrocytic Subtypes to Treat Glaucoma
Summary: Vision loss in glaucoma results from damage to the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which are the neurons that connect the eye to the brain.