Major Achievements by Research Faculty

Drs. Steinle and Rex Tonia S. Rex, PhD - Jena J. Steinle, PhD

Jena J. Steinle, PhD, associate professor of Ophthalmology and Anatomy and Neurobiology, has been awarded a grant for $495,000 by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The award will be used to develop her research project titled, "Compound 49b Prevents Diabetic Retinopathy through IGFBP-3." Dr. Steinle and her team have developed a new eye drop that may be used to prevent diabetic retinopathy. "The JDRF grant is vital for continuing our work..." said Dr. Steinle. "Our hope is that the drops will eventually be used in patients to reduce concerns about this problem."

Tonia S. Rex, PhD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Anatomy and Neurobiology, will be awarded the Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research at the meeting of the Glaucoma Research Foundation in San Francisco on February 2, 2012. Each year, the Shaffer Prize recognizes a researcher whose project, funded by a Shaffer Grant, best exemplifies the pursuit of innovative ideas in the quest to better understand glaucoma. Dr. Rex will receive the award for her work that resulted in the publication, "Systemic delivery of a neuroprotective agent to protect against glaucomatous cell death in the DBA/2J mouse."