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Current Research in Neuro-Ophthalmology

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Division of the Wilmer Eye Institute is working on the following research projects.

  • Assessing the benefit of stem cells in the reversal of visual loss due to optic nerve disease
  • Using various drugs to reduce or prevent visual loss from optic nerve stroke
  • Periocular trauma and optic nerve regeneration
  • Thyroid eye disease prevention


Ongoing Clinical Trials

Patients interested in enrolling in any of these trials should contact Priscilla Murdock at 410-502-3213 for more information and to determine eligibility.

Proteomics and Genomics of Giant Cell Arteritis: We are conducting proteomic and genomic screening of temporal artery specimens and blood from patients undergoing temporal artery biopsy for suspected GCA to identify potential pathogenic traits or organisms. To date we have identified a possible non-pathogenic bacterium that may be responsible for initiating the inflammatory cascade.

Closing date: June 2014

Celecoxib in Thyroid Eye Disease: To determine the efficacy of celecoxib in preventing disease progression in patients with active, mild-to-moderate thyroid eye disease of less than 6 months duration.

Closing date: August 2015

OCTiMS (OCT in MS): To establish a longitudinal database of RNFL and macular volume data in patients with clinically definite MS and to correlate changes with MRI change and clinical disease activity.

Closing date: July 2017

Sanford Greenberg Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gehlbach Project Selected by Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Project Partnership- 06/23/16

Dr. Neil Bressler Speaks at Senate Briefing on Special Diabetes Program- 06/09/16

Dr. Neil Bressler Discusses Blue Light Effects on the Eyes in the Washington Post- 06/02/16

Dr. Arevalo Honored by National Institute of Ophthalmology in Peru- 5/31/16

Dr. Jennifer Thorne Appointed President-elect of American Uveitis Society- 5/17/16

Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler Elected to the ATA College of Fellows- 5/13/16

Dr. Arevalo Launches New Book at ARVO 2016- 5/09/16

Dr. Elia J. Duh is elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation- 4/28/16

Dr. Maria Valeria Canto Soler Wins BrightFocus Award for Macular Degeneration Research- 4/27/16

Three Wilmer Faculty Voted Most Influential in Field of Ophthalmology- 4/22/2016

Dr. Pradeep Ramulu Wins Pisart Award for Significant Achievement in Vision Science Research- 4/21/16

Dr. Eghrari Receives Alcon Early Career Research Award- 4/13/16

Dr. Quigley Honored by American Glaucoma Society- 4/11/16

Dr. Ian Pitha Awarded Grants for Glaucoma Research- 4/11/16