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2002 News Releases

  • Eye first aid for children
    “Watch it! You’ll put your eye out!” That decades-old saying has a lot of credibility according to many ophthalmologists, particularly around the holidays. Toys or athletic equipment with flying parts or sharp objects may make your children happy, but they also can be an accident waiting to happen. More than 90 percent of all eye injuries in children can be prevented. Here’s how.
    December 9, 2002

  • Emory Eye Center researchers identify lymphocytes required for Ocular Tolerance
    (ATLANTA) Unlike other parts of the body, the eye will tolerate the presence of foreign tissue in certain areas, such as the anterior chamber between the iris and the cornea, or the space underneath the retina. The same tissue placed elsewhere in the body, on the skin for example, would trigger an immune reaction and be rejected. Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., have studied this unique ability of the eye to develop methods to inhibit rejection by selectively enhancing immunological unresponsiveness, or “tolerance.” Yijun Xu, PhD and Judith A. Kapp, PhD, of the departments of Ophthalmology, Pathology and Winship Cancer Center, reported the results of their work in the November issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.
    Oct. 25, 2002

  • Emory Ophthalmologist receives inaugural Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award
    Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela, MD, has been selected as one of ten inaugural Jahnigen Career Development Scholars. The Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards were created to encourage young physicians and surgeons to become interested in the geriatrics aspect of their discipline as a career focus through the funding of highly competitive two-year awards in the amount of $200,000. Dr. Garcia was selected for this program because of the promise demonstrated in his proposal, his mentors' sponsorship and his institution's support of his work.
    August 6, 2002

  • Emory Eye Center welcomes Neuro-Ophthalmologist
    Valérie Biousse, MD, joined the neuro-ophthalmology unit of the Emory Eye Center and the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine and The Emory Clinic on July 1. She received her medical degree from the University of Paris VI in Paris, France. She also holds a master of science from the same university.
    August 5, 2002

  • Emory Eye Center part of national study findings that state eye drops delay onset of glaucoma in people at higher risk
    Researchers have discovered that eye drops used to treat elevated pressure inside the eye can be effective in delaying the onset of glaucoma. These results mean that treating people at higher risk for developing glaucoma may delay — and possibly prevent — the disease. These findings are reported in the June 2002 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology. At the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, where 85 patients were followed for five years, Allen Beck, MD, a principal investigator in the study, was encouraged by the results.
    June 13, 2002

  • Emory Eye Center physician Newman appointed Leodelle Jolly Chair of Ophthalmology
    Emory Eye Center physician and neuro-ophthalmologist Nancy J. Newman was appointed the LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology, effective Feb. 14. In a special ceremony on Friday, May 17, she was formally honored with that appointment by Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas M. Lawley.
    May 28, 2002

  • Emory's RB picnic promises a heartwarming celebration of life along with colorful, fun activities for children who have survived RB, cancer of the eye
    The fourth annual RB Picnic, coordinated by the Emory Eye Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at WD Thompson Park, off Mason Mill Road in Decatur. This very special event promises a day of fun and celebration for both the young patients and their families who have faced this formerly fatal childhood cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma. RB, which is a tumor of the retina (the back of the eye) can be hereditary or non-hereditary. When hereditary, it can affect both eyes and sometimes other organs of the body, whereas the non-hereditary type will usually only affect one eye. RB mainly affects young children and occurs in one in 20,000 live births.
    May 18, 2002

  • More Georgians facing blindness than ever before, says NEI study: Report released on one of the most-feared disabilities
    (ATLANTA) The National Eye Institute (NEI) released findings on March 20 that state that more Americans than ever are facing the threat of blindness from age-related eye disease. More than one million Americans aged 40 and over are currently blind, and an additional 2.4 million are visually impaired. Although Georgians fare better than the national average, the statistics should make anyone over 40 take notice and seek annual eye exams. These numbers are expected to double over the next 30 years as the Baby Boomer generation ages. At the Emory Eye Center, those over the age of 40 are seen only a daily basis for such disorders and diseases as macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and more.
    March 22, 2002

  • Emory Eye Center finds eye drops to treat childhood disorder can work as well as patching the eye
    (ATLANTA) A National Eye Institute (NEI) study, conducted at more than 40 sites nationwide including Emory Eye Center, has found that atropine drops, given once a day to treat amblyopia or lazy eye -- the most common cause of visual impairment in children -- work as well as the standard treatment of patching one eye. This research finding in the Amblyopia Treatment Study may lead to better compliance with treatment and improved quality of life in children with this eye disorder. These results appear in the March issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.
    March 11, 2002

  • Emory Ophthalmology professors offer Undergraduate teaching
    An Emory University undergraduate course, “Biology of the Eye,” is quite possibly the only undergraduate offering taught by Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) professors. The offering gives the Emory Department of Ophthalmology the distinction of offering a course where students signing up for Biology 475 will actually be taught by SOM ophthalmology professors.
    February 5, 2002

  • Emory Eye Center receives grants to continue Corneal transplants in children
    A $118,000 grant from the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust will enable the Emory Eye Center to support the care of children who need cornea transplants. This “bridge funding” the Pediatric Corneal Transplant Program at Emory begins January 2002 and will last one year. The grant comes from Wachovia Bank, which administers funding from the trust created by Carlos and Marguerite Mason. Cornea transplants are the most common form of transplant in medicine. Because of the new techniques and drugs that have been developed over the last four decades, this surgery has a very high success rate.
    February 4, 2002

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