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Dr. Sumit Bhattacharya Receives Grant from Fight for Sight


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BOSTON (July 18, 2013) – Sumit Bhattacharya, research scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute, was recently awarded the Fight for Sight postdoctoral award grant. The Fight for Sight Foundation awarded Bhattacharya $20,000 for his project ‘Mechanism of Thrombospondin-1 Interaction with Cholinergic and Purinergic Neural Inputs in a Murine Model of Sjogren’s Syndrome.’

The research will explore the progression of dry eye disease, one of the most common eye diseases, which can lead to debilitating symptoms that affect individuals’ quality of life. The study will not only help address the underlying cause of dry eye but will also be instrumental in construction of novel therapeutic approaches for treatment of the disease. Dry eye and associated ocular surface diseases affect over forty million Americans. Up to this point, current treatments and therapies for dry eye have been limited.

About Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.  After uniting with Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear in Boston became the world's largest vision and hearing research center, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation.  Mass. Eye and Ear is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, through residency as well as clinical and research fellowships.  Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high-quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex.  U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Survey” has consistently ranked the Mass. Eye and Ear Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology as one of the top five in the nation.

About Fight for Sight
Mildred Weisenfeld, who lost her vision to retinitis pigmentosa, founded Fight for Sight, the first organization in the United States to promote eye research. Since 1946, Fight for Sight has supported and inspired eye and vision research by funding promising scientists early in their careers. FFS has granted over $20 million and funded more than 3,000 research grants which have contributed directly or indirectly to major advances in ophthalmology and vision research, including development of gene therapies, the intraocular lens (IOL), donor cornea preservation, glaucoma therapies, various uses of ophthalmic lasers, and stem cell research.