CONTACT: Joe O’Shea
BOSTON (June 26, 2015) –
Corinna Bauer, Ph.D., a Senior Research Fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity, has recently been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to further her research in identifying cortical visual impairment (C.V.I.).
Dr. Bauer’s research proposal is titled “Using advanced neuroimaging to characterize abnormal brain development in cortical/cerebral visual impairment: Finding clues for future rehabilitation strategies.”
C.V.I. is a neurological condition that impairs the brain’s visual response by interfering in communication between the brain and eyes. It cannot be detected from an eye examination, but recent progress in diagnostic research has proven that Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is a viable alternative. C.V.I. has commonly been used interchangeably with cortical blindness, but studies have proven this to be a misnomer. Children with C.V.I. are not always blind, and some sufferers’ vision improves over time.
Recent advancements in neurological visual impairments have allowed conditions like C.V.I. to gain more exposure which has produced more effective research. Common characteristics of children affected by C.V.I. include a lack of visual communication skills, a preference to a specific color, or they may require movement to view an object. It is the most common cause of visual impairment in children in the United States.
About the Knights Templar Eye Foundation
Founded in 1956, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation has donated over $140 million on research, patient care, and education. The charitable organization was founded on the mission of providing assistance for individuals requiring surgical treatment in their eyes. This mission has since shifted, and now seeks to provide researchers with the resources necessary to help make advancements in optical research. Each year the foundation invites eligible researchers from Pediatric Ophthalmology to submit grant applications.