To support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases, Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The research will be directed by Gregory L. Skuta, M.D., Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the OU Department of Ophthalmology and President and CEO of the Dean McGee Eye Institute.

RPBis the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling more than $4,936,600 to the OU Health Sciences Center, placing it among the top 11 centers in the nation in cumulative RPB funding. Other top programs include the University of California - Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, University of California – San Francisco, Washington University – St. Louis, Duke University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and University of Utah.

”This grant will be critical to advancing our Department’s scientific study of retinal degenerations, diabetic eye disease, infections and inflammatory disease, and other conditions that can result in vision loss,” Dr. Skuta stated. “Our strong history of support from RPB has played a vital role in the success of the vision research programs on this campus.”

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases. For information on Research to Prevent Blindness, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to