Ophthalmic adaptive optics to be used to study eye diseases.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Eye diseases (Study and teaching)
Universities and colleges (Government finance)
Universities and colleges (Wisconsin)
Research grants (Management)
Pub Date: 03/01/2012
Publication: Name: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Foundation for the Blind ISSN: 0145-482X
Issue: Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 106 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 900 Government expenditures; 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8220000 Colleges & Universities NAICS Code: 61131 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools SIC Code: 8221 Colleges and universities
Organization: Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Wisconsin Geographic Code: 1U3WI Wisconsin
Accession Number: 284552282
Full Text: The Medical College of Wisconsin recently received a four-year, $250,000 career-development grant from New York City-based Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research of diseases that impact the retina and the optic nerve. Alfredo Dubra, assistant professor of ophthalmology and biophysics and primary investigator of the grant, will use adaptive optics to take high-resolution images that allow visualization of individual cells in living eyes. Analysis of those images will provide insight into diseases that impact the eye, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson' s disease.

Adaptive optics is a developing technology in the area of eye research. The Medical College of Wisconsin developed two advanced ophthalmic adaptive optics systems developed and has renovated a larger research facility to house an additional three systems. The RPB award will support the creation of a team of optics, computer, and software engineers, who will use these new instruments to make this technology more applicable in the clinic. They will also create new ways to see the early changes that occur in diseased retinas. "Ophthalmic adaptive optics ... has the potential to simultaneously increase our understanding of eye disease, accelerate the development of new therapies, and improve our ability to diagnose early stages of eye disease, all of which would help to reduce irreversible partial or total vision loss that results from conditions that affect the retina," explained Dr. Dubra. For more information, contact: Alfredo Dubra, The Eye Institute, 925 North 87th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53226; e-mail: ; web site: .
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