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14 August 2008
Emory Eye Center Awarded Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has given Emory Eye Center a $110,000 unrestricted grant to fund research. RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research.

To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling $3,112,100 to Emory University School of Medicine for eye research. RPB's research at Emory Eye Center will be directed by Timothy W. Olsen, director, Emory Eye Center and chair, Department of Ophthalmology.

"RPB is a tremendous organization that supports the type of funding that allows true innovation in ophthalmic research," says Olsen. " I'm truly honored to help steward these funds to the key research efforts at Emory Eye Center."

This year's RBP funding at Emory Eye Center will be used for innovative start-up projects and fostering teamwork and collaborative research teams.

Founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding diseases.

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About Emory Eye Center
http://eyecenter.emory.edu

The Department of Ophthalmology and Emory Eye Center have a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 23 ophthalmologists, seven optometrists, nine basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology research is supported by $6 million in NIH funding. The Department remains in the top rankings (#9 -- 2008) by U.S. News & World Report for the 12 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology.

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