UMKC Vision Research Center awarded National Eye Institute grant

Peter Koulen, Ph.D.

Researchers at the UMKC School of Medicine Vision Research Center have received a $1.125 million grant from the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health to support the development of new drug therapies for protecting the retina and optic nerve in chronic degenerative eye disease.

The research will be led by Peter Koulen, Ph.D., Professor and Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri 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,” Koulen said. “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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