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Wilmer Eye Institute is pleased to announce that Hu Huang, Ph.D., Imran Bhutto, M.D., Ph.D., Debasish Sinha, Ph.D., and Derek Welsbie, M.D., Ph.D., are recipients of BrightFocus Foundation research grants. A total of 55 researchers in the areas of Alzheimer's Disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration received awards this year:
Dr. Huang, a research associate, received $120,000 for his project, "Mechanisms By Which Cxcr5 Regulates Pathogenesis of Macular Degeneration."
Dr. Bhutto, a research associate working with Dr. Gerald Lutty in Wilmer's Ocular Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis Laboratory, received $120,000 to study, "Inflammatory Cells In Choroid During Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Relationship to Retinal Pigmented Epithelium (RPE) Atrophy and Vascular Attenuation."
Dr. Sinha, director of Wilmer's Glia Research Laboratory, received $120,000 to study, "Understanding How Dysregulation of Autophagy/Phagocytosis Activates the Immune System in Retinal Pigmented Epithelium Cells, Leading to Age-Related Macular Degeneration."
Dr. Welsbie, an assistant professor of ophthalmology in Wilmer's glaucoma division, received $100,000 to study, "Developing Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase Inhibitors for Glaucoma."