Dr.Steve Burns Awarded $1.95 Million Grant from NEI

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dr. Steve Burns Awarded $1.95 Million Grant from NEI

The blood vessels of the human retina are crucial for maintaining good vision, and because of this, diseases affecting the retinal blood vessels represent the leading cause of adult blindness in the developed world.  For diseases such as diabetes, the damage to the vasculature of the retina includes key early changes to the cells lining the walls of the blood vessels and how the flow of cells through them is controlled.  

Dr. Steve Burns (Professor, School of Optometry) was recently awarded a 1.95 million grant over 5 years from the NEI (1RO1 EY02431501A1) entitled ADAPTIVE OPTICS IMAGING OF THE HUMAN RETINAL VASCULAR STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION to utilize cutting edge adaptive optics techniques to advance the ability to image the cells of the human retinal blood vessels, and evaluate the changes in structure, blood flow, and visual activity that may occur at a microscopic level.

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