Dr. John Clark received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award in appreciation and recognition for dedicated service to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Baltimore, MD.
David Raible was awarded a new grant from the Hearing Health Foundation entitled “Validating genetic regulatory mechanisms for hair cell regeneration using zebrafish”. The project will use zebrafish to test potential genetic regulatory pathways identified by HRP projects analyzing hair cell regeneration in chick and in neonatal mouse. The zebrafish allows functional analysis at a higher throughput than other systems. There is hope that identifying conserved pathways will reveal an underlying robustness that might give a greater chance of success when moved to humans.
Tom Reh has been awarded a grant from the Harrington Discovery Institute entitled “Reprogramming rods to cones to prevent degeneration”. The goal of the project is to create an orally bioavailable drug for the treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). RP is a retinal degenerative disease that is often caused by mutations in rod-specific genes, like Rhodopsin.