Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Part of $9 Million Federal Grant Going to Research to Prevent Blindness

Scientists at the University of the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have received more than $9 million in grants as part of the federal economic stimulus program.

"The stimulus funds provide a fantastic opportunity to expand or complete projects that will contribute to the health and well-being of our state and nation,” said Joseph J. Ferretti, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center.

In one of those projects benefitting from the new funding, James F. McGinnis is developing a way to use nanoparticles to fix natural defenses in the eye that have become defective. He hopes to prevent blindness from conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and inherited retinal degeneration.

Read more: http://www.newsok.com/ou-health-researchers-win-9-million-in-federal-funds/article/3405315##ixzz0TAJcWIRk

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