EyeFind Research Grants

Supporting procurement of human eye tissue for research

The EyeFind Research Grant Program provides supplemental funding of up to $5,000 per project to assist researchers with procurement of human eye tissue from eye banks for use in a well-conceived research project. The use of human tissue samples can be critical to effectively addressing a researcher's scientific questions, particularly those involving uniquely human ocular disease. These grants stand to benefit the entire eye and vision research community and grantees are expected to submit a final report of their findings at the conclusion of the grant.

Supported by the ARVO Foundation, the EyeFind Research Grant Program launched in January 2020. The first round of grants awards were announced in July 2020.

Application period closed for 2020

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2020 EyeFind Research Grant Recipients

Cycle 1

Silke Becker, PhD
John A. Moran Eye Center
Eye bank: Utah Lions Eye Bank
Lipid mediators and neurovascular dysfunction in human diabetic retina

Sander Dubovy, MD 
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Eye bank: Florida Lions Eye Bank
Covid-19 in post mortem eyes

Yingbin Fu, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Eye bank: Lions Eye Bank of Texas
Role of AIPB in age-related macular degeneration

Michele Madigan, PhD
Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney
Eye bank: NSW Tissue Bank and Australian Ocular Biobank
Human choroid melanocytes, oxidative stress and inflammation

Teresa Puthussery, OD, PhD
University of California Berkeley
Eye bank: Lions VisionGift
A novel approach to assess selective ganglion cell vulnerability in glaucoma

Cycle 2

Kevin Chan, PhD
New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Eye bank: The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration
Magnetic resonance imaging of healthy and glaucomatous eyes

Rosario Fernandez-Godino, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Eye bank: Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research
Complement activation via tick-over as a potential target to treat AMD

Peter Koulen, PhD
University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Medicine
Eye bank: Kansas Eye Bank & Cornea Research Center
Novel method for efficient cryo-storage of human corneas

Ajay Sharma, PhD
Chapman University
Eye bank: Saving Sight
Impact of diabetes mellitus on corneal antigen-presenting cells