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PKM2 metabolic reprogramming to prevent photoreceptor death in a preclinical model of macular degeneration

Project Title:  PKM2 metabolic reprogramming to prevent photoreceptor death in a preclinical model of macular degeneration. Cagri G. Besirli, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA $100,000 for one year Dr. Besirli’s area of practice is gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases.  Other areas include disease and […]

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Homeostatic Mechanisms Promoting Retinal Output and Vision During Photoreceptor Degenerative Disease

Dr. Martins is an IRRF-Funded scientist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he is an Assistant Professor. His funded project, Smc1 and the Cohesin Complex in Retinal Development and Disease: A New Mouse Model of Photoreceptor Degeneration, has resulted in a published paper in Developmental Biology, “N-myc regulates growth and fiber cell differentiation in lens development.”

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Investigating VEGF:VEGFR2 and CXCL8/Interleukin- 8:CXCR1/2 Interactions in Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Martins is an IRRF-Funded scientist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he is an Assistant Professor. His funded project, Smc1 and the Cohesin Complex in Retinal Development and Disease: A New Mouse Model of Photoreceptor Degeneration, has resulted in a published paper in Developmental Biology, “N-myc regulates growth and fiber cell differentiation in lens development.”

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2019 Alston Callahan, MD Postdoctoral Scholar Recipient

Akshayalakshmi Sridhar, PhD University of Washington Seattle, Washington Project title: Building fovea-like retinal organoids from human pluripotent stem cells. During her first year as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington’s School of Medicine, Dr. Sridhar has garnered ‘attention as a rising star,’ according to Dr. Thomas Reh.  “Dr. Sridhar is exceptionally motivated and very […]

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2019 Loris and David Rich, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

Jason M. Miller, MD, PhD Kellogg Eye CenterUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan Project Title: mTor-Independent Activation as a Therapeutic for Lipid-Rich Pathology in Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Stanford University, where he was active in development of microsurgical devices with the Department of Ophthalmology.  He completed his […]

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Smc1 and the Cohesin Complex in Retinal Development and Disease:

Dr. Martins is an IRRF-Funded scientist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he is an Assistant Professor. His funded project, Smc1 and the Cohesin Complex in Retinal Development and Disease: A New Mouse Model of Photoreceptor Degeneration, has resulted in a published paper in Developmental Biology, “N-myc regulates growth and fiber cell differentiation in lens development.”

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