Research to Prevent Blindness
RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding eye diseases. In 2020, RPB is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
RPB provides funding to less 50 Departments of Ophthalmology nationwide. We are currently one of only five RPB Unrestricted grant holders in the state and the only one in the SUNY system. In 1998, SUNY Upstate Medical University became part of the recognized few to receive funding from RPB. Since that time, RPB has provided SUNY Upstate Medical University's Department of Ophthalmology with more than $2.9 million in funding. Included in this funding is:
- Challenge Grant in the amount of $200,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology (1998-2002)
- Annual Unrestricted Grant 2002-2013 (under Dr. John Hoepner's tenure as chair) and 2017-present (under Dr. Robert Fechtner's tenure as chair)
- Senior Scientific Award to Robert B. Barlow, PhD (2004)
- Career Development Awards; awardees include:
The RPB Research Career Development Award Fund was established in 1990 to attract young physicians and basic scientists to eye research. To date, the program has recruited 131 vision scientists to research positions in departments of ophthalmology at universities across the country.
For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.