The research will be directed by Donald L. Budenz, M.D., M.P.H., Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. This grant is structured to be automatically renewed annually in the amount of $110,000, then subject to periodic review by RPB starting in January 2016.
RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling $1,630,500 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
"Research to Prevent Blindness provides unrestricted research funding to the top research departments of ophthalmology in the US," Dr. Budenz said. "UNC Eye’s program to prevent and cure blindness through gene therapy and stem cell research will benefit greatly from this generous grant."
Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RBP Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.