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June 25, 2010

Emory Eye Center Receives RPB Funding for Continued Research

Media contact: Joy Bell, 404-778-3711

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center has received a one-year departmental grant for $100,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). The grant will help support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Timothy W. Olsen, director, Emory Eye Center and chair, Department of Ophthalmology within Emory University’s School of Medicine.

To date, RPB has awarded grants of more than $3 million to Emory for eye research.

“Research to Prevent Blindness is a fantastic organization, dedicated to supporting research at all levels, says Dr. Olsen. “The unrestricted departmental grants allow us to do many things and include pilot phase projects for young innovative researchers faculty ideas. Many of these small projects turn into big projects with an even bigger impact. Such projects would not get off the ground if it weren’t for RPB funding. We are tremendously grateful to RPB for helping us fulfill our research mission.”

Since its founding in 1960, RPB has been a catalyst in vision research. The organization has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases.

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