Emory Eye Center Recipient of Knights Templar Awards
ATLANTA -- The Emory Eye Center was recently awarded $39,000 by the
Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc. The awards will
be used to continue important educational and research opportunities
that impact the entire state of Georgia. Over the past several years,
the Georgia Knights Templar have awarded some $351,000 to the Emory
Included in the 2003 awards
are the following:
- $20,000 to underwrite
the research proposal of Anastosios Costarides, MD, PhD: "The Effect
of Glaucoma Medications on the Aqueous Humor of Glaucoma Patients."
Interested in oxidative damage to intraocular tissues, Dr. Costarides
has recently found that glaucoma medications may alter the constituents
of aqueous humor, and that there may be a distinct link between cataract
development and topical glaucoma that lowers intraocular pressure.
He will collaborate with Emory ophthalmologist Allen Beck and ophthalmic
physiologist/toxicologist Henry Edelhauser on the study.
- $3,000 for the Georgia
Knights Templar Lecture in Pediatric Ophthalmology, which will be
presented by M. Edward Wilson, Jr., MD, Professor and Chairman, Department
of Ophthalmology, Storm Eye Institute/Medical College of South Carolina.
- $3,000 for the Emory
Eye Center's Learning Resource Center to continue to provide services
and resource information to Georgia ophthalmologists through the Emory
Eye Center website.
- for the continuation
of Molecular Vision, the online journal for physicians and research
scientists. Emory Eye Center researchers serve as pro-bono editors
for this journal, which has gained international respect since it
- $5,000 to complete the
"Infant Aphakia Treatment Study" conducted by Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Scott Lambert. This continues the study begun last year and will determine
whether it is better to optically correct an infant with unilateral
aphakia (natural lenses removed, usually due to cataract) with a contact
lens or intraocular lenses.
- $5,000 for partial funding
of a pediatric fellowship for one year.
"We are especially grateful
to the the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation for providing
these important funds in this year of dwindling resources across the
country," says Thomas M. Aaberg, MD, Director of Emory Eye Center and
Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. "These awards willenable
the Emory Eye Center to continue the research and outreach programs
that are crucial to the patients we serve."