Recent News

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 15:00

    Drs. Alward and Fingert delivered Raine lectures at the University of Western Australia in Perth as well as at the state conference of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, which was held in Kalgoorlie September 5th through 7th.

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 15:00

    Glaucoma is a common disease of the optic nerve that affects over 60 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of blindness and visual disability in the United States. However, the biological pathways that lead to glaucoma are not well understood, and this has hindered efforts for early detection and treatment of this condition. Consequently, there is great need to clarify the causes of glaucoma at the molecular level.

  • Monday, March 10, 2014 - 15:15

    Dr. John Fingert has been awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician Scientist Award. This Research to Prevent Blindness award will be used to investigate the causes of glaucoma that occur in people with low intraocular pressure (normal tension glaucoma). The Fingert lab recently discovered that extra copies of the TBK1 gene (gene duplications or triplications) are one of the most common known causes of normal tension glaucoma. The RPB Physician Scientist Award will be used to support studies investigating how TBK1 gene duplications lead to glaucoma and vision loss.

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 15:15

    The American Glaucoma Society gave out five research awards this year and two went to Iowa Alums.

    Shandiz Tehrani, MD, PhD | Casey Eye Institute
    Title: The Optic Nerve Head Actin Cytoskeleton in an Animal Model of Glaucoma
    Supported by: AGS and Allergan

    Mid-Career Physician Scientist
    Karen M. Joos, MD, PhD | Vanderbilt Eye Institute
    Title: miRNA Alterations in Glaucomatous DBA/2J Mice
    Supported by: AGS and Alcon