Research to Prevent Blindness awards $100,000 to UofL Physicians

Published on January 26, 2012

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world’s largest voluntary organization supporting eye research, has awarded a grant of $100,000 to UofL Physicians physicians in the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. The grant will support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding eye diseases and will directly benefit UofL Physicians patients.

The funds will be supervised by UofL Physicians ophthalmologist Henry J. Kaplan, M.D., chairman of the UofL Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling $3,549,800 to the UofL School of Medicine.

“We are extremely grateful to this extraordinary organization, Research to Prevent Blindness, for their commitment to, and belief in, the work we do here in the UofL Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences,” Kaplan said. “On behalf of the entire faculty, I want to express my gratitude to RPB and underscore our dedication to the goals we share with them, to find better treatments and even cures for the world’s blinding eye diseases.”

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org .