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Success Story: Drug to Prevent Dry Eye

Success Story: Drug to Prevent Dry Eye

Researchers at Schepens Eye Research Institute have determined that there is an increased possibility that a drug can be used to prevent or treat “dry eye.” Pablo Argueso, Ph.D. is studying dry eye disease, a debilitating disease of the cornea (the clear window of the eye) and conjunctiva (the white part of the eye that … Continue reading

A Possible New Treatment for Dry AMD

A Possible New Treatment for Dry AMD

Age-related Macular Dengeration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and though effective treatments are available for the wet AMD, they are currently lacking for the more-prevalent dry form. The researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found evidence that treatment with high-dose atorvastatin (80mg) is associated with regression of lipid … Continue reading

Success Story: Using Computational Modelling to Process Visual Information

Success Story: Using Computational Modelling to Process Visual Information

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hosptal have been conducting #InspiredResearch which combines neurophysiology, visual psychophysics and computational modeling to investigate how neural circuits store, represent and process visual information in the human brain. By recording the activity of neurons and neuronal ensembles in cortex, the Kreiman Lab is providing insights about how the brain interprets the visual … Continue reading

Success Story: Retinal Surgery

Success Story: Retinal Surgery

While every eye surgery is important, not all are equal, and when a patient with only one seeing eye suffers a retinal detachment, the stakes are at their highest. Such was the case when John (last name withheld) went to the operating room after urgently presenting to the Specialty Eye Clinic at Boston Medical Center … Continue reading

A Message from the President

A Message from the President

I am humbled and honored to have the privilege of serving as the 2015-2016 President of the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund (MLERF). It has been 90 years since Helen Keller addressed the Lions and asked us to be her “Knights of the Blind.” In her speech, Helen asked the Lions to: “Try to imagine … Continue reading

MLER Awards $1,030,000

MLER Awards $1,030,000

July 23, 2015. MLERF President Randall “Randy” Pinch announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 MLERF grants. Through the fund-raising efforts of Lions throughout Massachusetts, MLERF was able to distribute $1,030,000 to Boston area research institutions. Grants were awarded to the following institutions: Boston University Medical Center($180,000) Boston Children’s Hospital($ 140,000) Tufts University Medical Center($124,000) Joslin … Continue reading

Success Story: A Protein That Promotes Healing Of Corneal Wounds

Success Story: A Protein That Promotes Healing Of Corneal Wounds

At the New England Eye Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, MLERF grant funds resulted in the discovery of a novel protein that promotes healing of corneal wounds. Researchers were able to carry out in vitro experiments for a study which discovered a novel protein, galectin-3, that promotes healing of corneal wounds. Initial preliminary, in vitro experiments for … Continue reading