01/29/2008

WVU Eye Institute receives $100K grant from W.Va. Lions Club

A $100,000 grant from the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation will be used to purchase research equipment for the West Virginia University Eye Institute.

The donation was announced Sunday, Jan. 27, during the state Lions Leadership School in Morgantown, and it is the largest donation by the Sight Conservation Foundation in its history.

“The WVU Eye Institute is extremely appreciative of this tremendous gift from the West Virginia Lions community,” said Judie Charlton, M.D., chair of ophthalmology. “This $100,000 investment will dramatically advance our research program to develop vision saving treatments and care for West Virginians and people throughout the world.”

The grant will be used to purchase equipment essential to the Eye Institute’s clinical and basic science research. 

Visvanathan Ramamurthy, Ph.D., WVU Eye Institute researcher; Wayne King, WVU Foundation; Max Sokolov, Ph.D., WVU Eye Institute researcher; and Judie Charlton, M.D., chair of the WVU Eye Institute; receive a $100,000 vision research grant from Paul Amrhein, West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation president of the board of trustees.. 

The West Virginia Lions have a long history of providing support to the WVU Eye Institute, which provides vision care to patients from all 55 counties in West Virginia and in neighboring states.

“This gift demonstrates the commitment and partnership between the Lions of West Virginia and the West Virginia University Eye Institute’s research program to provide treatment and find cures for sight-related diseases,” Paul Amrhein, president of the Board of Trustees of the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, said.  

The Institute’s research center was launched in 2005 with a focus on glaucoma, childhood blindness, low vision, night blindness, biochemistry of the eye, and genetics of the eye, retina and cornea. 

During the past two years, the WVU Eye Institute has recruited and hired three new researchers who lead the Institute’s basic science research program. In addition, several clinical research projects are underway.

For more information on the WVU Eye Institute and ways to support its research program, call (304) 598-4843, or visit www.wvueye.com

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
waughc@wvuh.com
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