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July 16, 2007

Emory Eye Center Awarded Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness

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Joy Bell, 404-778-3711

(ATLANTA) The Emory Eye Center is the recipient of a $110,000 unrestricted grant to fund research from the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research.

The Emory Eye Center research will be directed by Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., MD, FACS, director of Emory Eye Center, and chairman, Department of Ophthalmology. To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling $3,002,100 to Emory University School of Medicine.

“We are so appreciative of this continued funding for our important research into the causes and prevention of blinding eye disease,” says Dr. Aaberg. “Without RPB support, early investigations which eventually lead to NEI submissions would never occur.”

At Emory Eye Center, RPB funding has most recently been used to help underwrite an innovative teaching simulation that uses “mannequin heads” to help medical students detect neurological disorders with an ophthalmoscope, an instrument that examines the eye. Most medical students don’t graduate knowing how to use this basic instrument of ophthalmologists that examines the interior of the eye. Valérie Biousse, MD, an Emory Eye Center neuro-ophthalmologist, seeks to show these students that many neurological and neurosurgical emergencies present no visual symptoms, but use of an ophthalmoscope in an urgent situation could save a patient’s life.

Founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding diseases.

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