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Dr. Ava Bittner Receives NIH Grant for Research on Acupuncture Treatment

November 8, 2013

Ava Bittner, O.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and low vision researcher at the Wilmer Eye Institute, has received a grant from the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, to support her research on acupuncture treatment for retinitis pigmentosa (RP). With the one-year, $225,000 grant, Dr. Bittner and her colleagues will measure ocular and retinal blood flow in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) before and after treating them with either electro-acupuncture or transcorneal electrical stimulation. With limited conventional treatments available for patients with RP, Dr. Bittner hopes her research will uncover potential alternative therapies to reduce vision loss. If the results of this study indicate a benefit from acupuncture treatments, further study will be undertaken.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness recently featured Dr. Bittner's research on acupuncture therapies on their website.