Dr. Brenda Bohnsack earns grant for pioneering vision research

August 28, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

In the Kellogg Eye Center laboratory of Dr. Brenda Bohnsack (right) who researches childhood corneal diseases.

Kellogg Eye Center’s Brenda Bohnsack, M.D., Ph.D., has earned one of nine Eye and Vision Research Grants awarded by Eversight, a global nonprofit network of eye banks.

An assistant professor in the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Bohnsack is studying stem cells in the corneal stroma and endothelium that give rise to many craniofacial and eye structures. Her work will provide important insight into the pathogenesis of congenital corneal diseases.

The Eye and Vision Research Grant program has awarded more than $3.5 million since 1980 to stimulate new and pioneering research. Several of these grant projects have led to larger studies and financial support from the National Institutes of Health.

“There’s a real void when it comes to funding the initial investigative work that can launch new and groundbreaking discoveries,” says Dr. Gregory Grossman, Eversight Director of Research. “But Eversight is committed to supporting research that may potentially lead to innovative therapies and treatments.”

The Eversight Center for Eye and Vision Research is one of the only eye bank-led programs focused on providing scientists with innovative resources they need to find new cures and treatments for blinding eye conditions.

Website: http://eversightvision.org/news-events/news/research_announcement_2017.htm