January 20, 2010
Three Kellogg Scientists Receive Top Research to Prevent Blindness Awards
ANN ARBOR, MI – Three Kellogg scientists – Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., David C. Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H., and David N. Zacks, M.D., Ph.D. – recently received prestigious awards from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).
- Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., received RPB’s Career Development Award in the amount of $200,000. This award helps recruit young M.D. and/or Ph.D. scientists to eye research and supports promising junior ophthalmology faculty. Dr. Kahana has discovered that zebra fish extraocular muscles can regenerate even after near-complete excision. The RPB funds will help him better understand how extraocular muscles form as well as develop new tools to diagnose and treat extraocular muscle and orbital disorders.
- David C. Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H., was granted a $60,000 Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award by RPB. This award provides unrestricted support to mid-career M.D. and Ph.D. scientists in the United States who hold primary positions within departments of ophthalmology and are actively engaged in eye research. He will use these funds to continue to study patients from the Collaborative Initial Glaucoma Treatment Study: what percentage showed visual field improvement, the location of visual field defects, and how many of the fellow eyes developed glaucoma.
- David N. Zacks, M.D., Ph.D., received the RPB Sybil B. Harrington Special Scholar Award for Macular Degeneration. This $55,000 award supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of macular degeneration. It is part of RPB’s Special Scholar Program, designed to support outstanding young scientists who conduct research of unusual significance and promise. Dr. Zacks has shown that photoreceptor death can be prevented in rodents. This RPB award will allow him to determine whether photoreceptor death can also be prevented in larger animal models of retinal injury.
RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has awarded millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into blinding eye diseases.
The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center is a nationally recognized center for vision care and research. Kellogg ophthalmologists conduct 128,000 patient visits each year, offering an exceptional range of services. At the University medical campus in Ann Arbor, we have a comprehensive ophthalmology clinic as well as seven subspecialty clinics. We serve the region through eight community offices in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Livonia, Milford, West Bloomfield and two locations in Ypsilanti.
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Written by Aimee S. Bergquist, 734-763-4660