Research to Prevent Blindness Awards Grant to OU Department of Ophthalmology

Research to Prevent Blindness Awards Grant to OU Department of Ophthalmology

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $115,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the University of Oklahoma (OU) Health Sciences Center to support research into causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Gregory L. Skuta, M.D., Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the OU Department of Ophthalmology and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dean McGee Eye Institute.

RPB is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling $5,241,600 to the OU Health Sciences Center, placing it among the top 12 centers in the nation in cumulative RPB funding. Other top programs include Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California – San Francisco, University of Michigan, Duke University, Washington University – St. Louis, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Utah, and University of Southern California.

”This grant will be critical to advancing our Department’s scientific study of retinal degenerations, diabetic eye disease, infectious and inflammatory disease, corneal disorders, and other conditions that can result in vision loss,” Dr. Skuta stated. “Our strong history of support from RPB has played a vital role in the success of the vision research programs on this campus.”
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 Research to Prevent Blindness, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to

For additional information contact:
Melody Marcum
Director of External Relations & Development
Dean McGee Eye Institute
608 Stanton L. Young Blvd. Ste. 348
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Office: (405) 271-6005
(800) 354-3937 X6005
Fax: (405) 271-7877
E-mail Address:

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1. Boris wrote:
A poem for Tatiana and Shadow I cannot see you Mummy, when you cudlde me so near.And yet I know you love me, it's in the words I hear.I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your sideBut still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so brightFor here inside my tiny head it's always dark as night.I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra goodBut I can wag my tail in thanks just like a good dog should. She cannot see. The dog’s no good is what some folks might say She can't be trained, she'll never learn, She must be put away. But not you, Mummy and Daddy, you know that it's alrightBecause I love you just as much as any dog with sight.You took me in, you gave me love and we will never partBecause I'm blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart. ________________________________________

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