Knights Templar provides ongoing funding

Knights Templar logoThe Emory Eye Center was awarded $32,000 by the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc.  The funding will be used to continue important educational and research opportunities that impact the entire state of Georgia.

Over the past several years, the Georgia Knights Templar has awarded $750,000 to the Emory Eye Center. This year’s awards include:

Support for the Georgia Knights Templar Lectures in Pediatric Ophthalmology ($3,000) for two pediatric ophthalmology speakers. This year’s Knights Templar speakers were Graham E. Quinn, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in January, and Ken Nischal, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, in March.

The Learning Resources Center ($6,000) received funding to support online education and digital management of the Calhoun Auditorium, Emory Eye Center’s lecture hall, during Grand Rounds, the Vision Research Seminar Series, and other key educational events.

Pediatric ophthalmologist Phoebe Lenhart and cornea specialist Bhairavi Dholakia ($20,000) will study keratoconus in young people with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), who have a higher prevalence of this disease, with the intent of preventing progression of the disease.

Continued support for Molecular Vision ($3,000),, the standard for “open-source” (free to all users on the web) publishing for ophthalmology articles. Molecular Vision has ongoing international support and collaboration between Emory and Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, RPB and Emory Eye Center.

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)

RPB logoResearch to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision. RPB provides major eye research funding to more than 50 leading scientific institutions in the United States and supports the work of hundreds of talented vision scientists engaged in a diverse range of disease-oriented research. The organization has provided more than $3M in funding to Emory Eye Center. This year, Emory Eye Center received a one-year departmental grant of $110,000 to further research efforts.

Edelhauser lectureship growing

To honor the life work of Henry F. Edelhauser, former director of research for the Eye Center, the Henry F. Edelhauser Translational Research Lecture has been established.

Several months ago, Emory glaucoma specialist Anastasios Costarides suggested that the Eye Center initiate a lectureship fund to honor Edelhauser— specifically, to create a lecture that can foster translational research topics.

Henry Edelhauser PhD

Henry F. Edelhauser, PhD

We have exceeded our initial goal of $75,000 to establish this fund as a permanently endowed lectureship. A translational researcher will be the named lecturer each year for the resident's research day and graduation ceremony at the Emory Eye Center.

For more than 25 years, Edelhauser's leadership in translational vision research has set the standard for the high impact work that Emory's research program has been recognized. He has won nearly every national award in his field, including the prestigious Castroviejo Medal, has been the past president of ARVO, and was recently designated by the ARVO Foundation to receive one of its highest honors.

If you are interested in contributing to the Edelhauser Lectureship Fund, please contact David Woolf at 404-778-4121.

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