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Four Wilmer Researchers Receive BrightFocus Foundation Awards


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."



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