08.02.2011

PCI research grants "will prevent blindness"

PCI research grants "will prevent blindness"

By Adrian Galbreth

The Pediatric Cataract Initiative (PCI) has unveiled the recipients of its inaugural small research grant for treating and preventing vision loss in children.

Both the Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal and the Calabar Teaching Hospital in Nigeria will receive $50,000 (£31,000) to help identify and eliminate leading causes of child blindness.

The Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal will use the grant to study the cost and clinical effectiveness of a comprehensive paediatric cataract surgery follow-up system in western Nepal and adjacent northern Indian states.

Meanwhile, the Calabar Teaching Hospital will investigate the causes of severe visual impairment and blindness among children in the Cross River State of Nigeria.

The outcomes from both studies are expected to have a wide-ranging effect on follow-up regimens in developing nations across the planet.

Meanwhile, new research from the University of Kentucky shedding light on the development of age-related macular degeneration may have far-reaching implications for the treatment of the condition and diseases associated with it, experts have noted. 

by Emily Tait


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