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ARVO and EBAA Announce EyeFind Research Grants
Grant program provides support to researchers using human eye tissue

Newswise — Rockville, Md. – The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) today announced a new grant program that will provide financial support to researchers seeking to use human eye tissue in their work. The EyeFind Research Grants will provide supplemental funding in grants of up to $5,000 per project to researchers to procure human eye tissue samples from eye banks for use in their research.

In May 2019, ARVO and the EBAA launched a new online tool called EyeFind in response to the vision research community’s need to obtain human eye tissue samples that meet their research needs. EyeFind is a searchable database that allows researchers to select criteria they are looking for in a human eye tissue sample and find eye banks with tissue that match the researcher’s criteria.

“The EyeFind Research Grants will fill a need where many preliminary research projects do not have sufficient funding to cover the cost of obtaining human eye tissue to carry out initial experiments,” says Dan Stamer, ARVO’s President and the Joseph A. C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology as well as a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, who led the project on behalf of ARVO. “The use of human eye tissue in experiments can be critical to addressing a researcher’s scientific question, particularly those involving human ocular disease.”

The program will launch in a pilot phase in January 2020. Applications will be accepted from January 1 – April 1, 2020. The first round of grants will be disbursed by June 2020. More details can be found on the EyeFind Research Grant webpage.

Grants have been made possible through sponsorship from BrightFocus Foundation and with additional funding support from ARVO and EBAA.

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The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include nearly 12,000 eye and vision researchers from over 75 countries. ARVO advances research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders. Learn more at ARVO.org.

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), established in 1961, is the oldest transplant association in the nation and sets standards, provides education, and engages in advocacy to support eye donation, and cornea transplantation and research. EBAA has led the transplantation field with the establishment of medical standards for eye banking, and comprehensive training and certification programs for eye bank personnel. Over 90 member eye banks operate in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. These eye banks made possible 85,441 sight-restoring corneal transplants in 2017. To learn more, visit www.restoresight.org.

 

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