University of Missouri-Kansas City Awarded Eye Disease Drug Therapy Research Grant

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Vision Research Center have received a grant from the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health, according to a news release.


The $1.125 million grant will go to support the development of new drug therapies for protecting the retina and optic nerve in chronic degenerative eye disease.


Research will be led by Peter Koulen, PhD, professor and endowed chair in vision research at the School of Medicine and director of basic research at the Vision Research Center.


"Degeneration or damage of the retina and the optic nerve — the nerve that connects the eye to the brain and makes vision possible — is a leading cause of loss of quality of life and productivity in the United States and worldwide," said Dr. Koulen, in the releas. "The therapy approach we're developing focuses on much-needed protection of nerve cells in the eye. The goal is to develop drug therapies that will be both preventative and therapeutic and complement existing treatment designs and rationales."


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