Jablonski and Moustafa Receive Awards

jablonski and moustafa receive awards

Jablonski Receives Two UTRF Awards

Dr. Monica M. Jablonski, professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine and Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs in the College of Graduate Health Sciences has received two awards from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) to provide additional funding for her research.  The projects, “Pregabalin microemulsion glaucoma therapy: stability studies,” and “Extended release formulation of pregabalin: a new dual mechanism glaucoma therapy?” both relate to the development of a novel extended-release topic formula to deliver a new Intraocular Pressure (IOP) lowering therapeutic developed in the Jablonski lab. 

“The funding provided by the UTRF is very important as it allows us to continue our work in this important area,” Jablonski says. “The extended release project is a Phase 2 project, our second year of funding, and was granted based on the belief of UTRF officials that our work is yielding promising results.” 

Jablonski notes that her team of Dr. Mohamed M.I. Moustafa, Dr. XiangDi Wang, Dr. Doaa Maria and Raven Davis have worked diligently on the research results that have been achieved to date.

Moustafa Wins Travel, Poster Awards 

Mohamed M.I. Moustafa, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology, recently received two travel awards and one award for a poster presentation related to his research on the discovery of new long-acting topical formulations for management of glaucoma. These novel formulations hold the potential to be accepted better by patients and to increase compliance due to their suggested once-daily dosing frequency while not having some of the adverse effects associated with the current glaucoma therapy.

The Association of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AOPT) awarded Dr. Moustafa a travel grant to attend the organization’s meeting in March 2019 in New Orleans, which was awarded based on his online application. He also received a winter travel award to be used toward attendance at the meeting of his choice as well as Second Place in poster presentation, both of which were awarded during the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) 11th Annual Postdoc Research Day, December 6, 2018.

“The support from AOPT and UTHSC allows me to share the work that I am doing with others in Dr. Monica Jablonski’s lab to a variety of internal and external audiences,” Moustafa says. “The external opportunities allow me to interface with potential collaborators while bringing recognition to both the Jablonski lab and to UTHSC.”