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Dana Center: Research

Research at the Dana Center

Research at the Dana Center focuses on national and international public health prevention of blinding eye disease.  Some major studies include:

  • Recognition of the importance of adequate vitamin A for the sight and survival of young children;
  • Demonstration of the value of invermectin as the first safe drug for the treatment and control of onchocerciasis (river blindness);
  • Elucidation of the mechanisms underlying blinding trachoma and recognition that in some communities simple face-washing may provide the most practical means of prevention;
  • Development and application of new techniques for glaucoma screening including targeting groups at particularly high risk of disease; and
  • Community-based trials in Tanzania.



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