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March 23, 2004
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate researcher wins grant to study macular degeneration

Robert B. Barlow, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology, neuroscience and physiology and director of the Center for Vision Research of the Department of Ophthalmology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has received a Senior Scientific Investigator Award of $65,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Inc. He will use the grant to further his research into metabolic changes that affect human vision, possibly leading to a better understanding of the cause of age related macular degeneration.

Barlow, of Pompey, is internationally recognized for his work in vision and is currently involved in several studies, particularly how the eye remains healthy with age and how the brain processes the nerve signals from the eye.

The Barlow grant is the second from the RPB this year to a SUNY Upstate resercher. In January, Michael E. Zuber, Ph.D., was one of four scientists in the country to receive a $200,000 Career Development Award from RPB. The four year grant will further his study of retinal stem cells.

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