2023 Shaffer Research Grants

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Benjamin J. Frankfort, Md, Phd

Benjamin J. Frankfort, MD, PHD

Baylor College of Medicine
Funded by The Frank Stein and Paul S. May Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research
Project: Adrenergic Receptor Function and Role in Neuroprotection
Summary: In this project we hope to unlock one key to neuroprotection by studying vision, electrical activity, and the anatomy of retinas that lack the Adra2a gene.
Karsten Gronert, Phd

Karsten Gronert, PhD

University of California, Berkeley
Funded by The Dr. Henry A. Sutro Family Grant for Research
Project: LXB4 Regulation of Microglia Homeostatic Function a Neuroprotective Target
Summary: Lipoxins and their receptors are a recently identified resident neuroprotective circuit in the retina.
Wendy Liu, Md, Phd

Wendy Liu, MD, PhD

Stanford University
Funded by the Richard and Peggy Greenfield Foundation
Project: Investigating Mechanosensitive Ion Channel Variants and their Role in Glaucoma
Summary: Results from this study will advance our understanding of why high eye pressure leads to vision loss in glaucoma and may identify new targets for glaucoma treatment.
Xiaorong Liu, Phd

Xiaorong Liu, PhD

University of Virginia
Project: An In Vivo Biomarker to Monitor Glaucoma Progression
Summary: The goal of this project is to develop a new imaging marker for retinal damage in glaucoma.
Cezary Rydz, Md

Cezary Rydz, MD

University of California, Irvine
Project: Modulating Ocular Hypertension Induced Accelerated Aging in Rodent Retina Production in Schlemm’s Canal Cells
Summary: With this project we plan to research approaches to prevent the impact of high eye pressure on healthy retinal neurons.
James Tribble, Phd

James Tribble, PhD

Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden)
Funded by Tania and Michael Stepanian
Project: Drug-driven Identification of Inflammatory Pathways in Retinal Microglia
Summary: Current treatments for glaucoma slow disease progression but are not effective for some patients.
James Walsh, Md, Phd

James Walsh, MD, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis
Funded by The Frank Stein and Paul S. May Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research
Project: Choroid Resident T cells are Vital for Retinal Ganglion Cell Neuroprotection in Ocular Hypertensive Injury
Summary: The immune response is protective in models of glaucoma, but how the immune system interacts with the optic nerve to promote neuroprotection is still unknown.
Benjamin Xu, Md, Phd

Benjamin Xu, MD, PhD

University of Southern California
Funded by Birdie & Bob Feldman and Gary & Linda Sirak
Project: In Vivo Ultrasound Elastography of Iris Stiffness in Angle Closure Glaucoma
Summary: Although glaucoma has many risk factors, the most important is high pressure inside the eye.