Contact: Mary Leach
BOSTON (July 29, 2014) -- Lucia Sobrin, M.D., M.P.H., was awarded a $60,000 William & Mary Greve Special Scholar Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). The award will help Dr. Sobrin to pursue promising scientific leads in the field of genetics of diabetic retinopathy for which other funds are not readily available.
Dr. Sobrin is a full-time clinician scientist with the Retina and Uveitis Services at Mass. Eye and Ear, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology with Harvard Medical School (HMS), and a Department of Ophthalmology Scholar. Her research program is focused on understanding environmental and genetic risk factors for diabetic retinopathy, particularly in the African American population, which suffers from a greater burden of this disease compared to other ethnicities. She is currently leading two large genetic studies of diabetic retinopathy that are designed to increase the chances of finding genes that impact the development of the disease in all ethnic groups. The RPB William & Mary Greve Special Scholar Award will enable Dr. Sobrin to expand these efforts and examine what environmental and genetic factors influence disease progression.
“We are grateful for this generous support from Research to Prevent Blindness,” said Joan W. Miller, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. “This funding will allow Dr. Sobrin to continue her important work in studying diabetic retinopathy in a population seriously affected by the disease.”
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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 throughout the United States for research into blinding eye diseases. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.