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UK Ophthalmology Receives Grant to Prevent Blindness

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2012) − Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $100,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

The research will be directed by Dr. P. Andrew Pearson, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology.  RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling more than $1.2 million to the UK College of Medicine.

“The importance of this funding is that it provides money not only for existing projects, but also provides start up funding for new ideas allowing us to move ideas forward much quicker than with other funding mechanisms," Pearson said.

Since it was founded in 1966, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases. For information on RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to